Figure contests consist of group comparisons and individual presentations. Two-piece suits and clear high-heeled shoes are worn for both parts. Suits can be of any color and may be decorated with crystals. Thong and T-back style suits are not permitted. Jewelry is permissible. Competitors must be age 16 or over. Competitors under 18 must have parental consent. Competitors cannot participate in any other categories at the same show.
Judging for Figure is based on good leanness and conditioning with full, healthy and shapely muscularity, good balance, proportion, and symmetry of both muscularity and conditioning, and presentation. Figure competitors should not display deeply drawn-in faces or stringy-looking muscularity (an emaciated look), indicative of extreme leanness, or less shapely muscularity due to muscle glycogen depletion.
Each class is brought to front center stage and is guided through quarter turns to display physiques from the front, left, back, and right. Quarter turn stances should be done as shown below. Not perfoming poses in the manner specified may result in lower scoring from judges.
The individual presentation portion is a stage model walk. Competitors walk out to music to rear center stage and pause briefly in a stance of choice. Competitors then walk up to front center stage and perform quarter turns to show front, sides, and back views of their physiques, then walk to one side of the stage and pause briefly in a stance of choice, then to the opposite side of the stage and pause briefly in a stance of choice, then to front center stage and pause briefly in a stance of choice before exiting. The individual presentation is not factored into placement scoring but does count toward consideration for Best Presentation awards when offered.