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Swimsuit competitions can be ultra cutthroat, so it pays to know the rules for competition before you even begin. Presenting just the right swimsuit on just the right figure is the key to nailing any bikini competition. Here are five rules for competing in a swimsuit contest:

Five Rules For Competing in A Swimsuit Contest 

Rule #1: Choose the best organization in which to compete. Doing your homework prior to choosing one is the best way to approach this. You will want to have a clear idea of the regulations and rules you will be expected to follow.

Rule #2: Know your purpose when it comes to competing in a swimsuit contest. Doing so will help you achieve great things. You may want to compete in swimsuit contests to make yourself feel pretty or motivate yourself to remain fit and in peak physical condition. Throughout your preparations for the competition, your motivation will keep you going and help you stay focused on what is important.

Rule #3: Consider finding yourself a coach. He or she will be well versed in what it takes to compete. They can pass that knowledge onto you, strengthening your chances of winning contests. Just be sure to consider a few different coaches before you choose the one you want to work with. One of the best ways to find a qualified coach is to talk to someone who already has. Networking with those already competing in swimsuit contests will help you get a better feel for what you are in for. When you have your choices narrowed down to a few, question each one individually. This will give you a feel for who you will work with the best.

Rule #4: Find a local contest to attend. Doing so will show you a real-life example of what competing in a swimsuit competition is like. While you are there it can't hurt to pick the brain of the promoter and even a few of the contestants. It also gives you an opportunity to see what a typical competition entails. The more time you spend observing everything and everyone around you the more accurate depiction of a swimsuit competition you will get.

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Rule #5: Determine how much competing will cost you. The first step is to set a budget for yourself and then compile a list of everything you will need to compete. This will give you an idea of how much you can afford to spend on each needed item. It will also avoid sticker shock later when you purchase the things you will need in order to be a viable competitor.
  • Eat well and have a good nutrition
  • Train, train, train
  • Practice posing
  • Don't skip glamour. Do hair, makeup, and tan
  • Talk to judges after the show

Above all else, know the rules for determining your ideal bikini. The first rule is to find one that fits you like a glove. The second rule is to review your bikini wardrobe before buying a new one. That way you can determine what you do and don't want in your new suit. Experts recommend the fourth rule, which is to try a bikini you wouldn't normally choose. And finally, choose a suit that highlights your body's best features.

Discover our favorite bikini styles to help you train for your next competition. For more guides and how-to articles read our latest post on "How to Mix and Match Swimwear"