FIGURE INTERNATIONAL CATEGORY
Figure International Category
Figure International Category Overview:
The Figure International Category is the standard Figure format around the globe across most organizations, hence the name Figure International. You can look at it as the International Standard for the Figure Class. It differs from the Standard Figure Category as there are no compulsory poses or muscularity poses.
The Figure International Category is in addition to the Standard Figure Category and will give both new and seasoned competitors more options to be able to progress through the ranks and master the basic requirements in presentation, body development and conditioning before moving in to the Standard Figure Category that requires the additional mandatory posing and more conditioned and muscular development.
Figure International Divisions
The following are the Figure International Divisions on offer:
Note: Multiple division selection is permitted based on meeting the division criteria.
• Newcomers Division: – NEW in 2017
– Intermediate Class*(23+ yrs)
*The Intermediate Class will be further split by age (ie. 35yrs+/ 40yrs+) or height (Short/Tall) based on numbers and is at the discretion of the promoters.
• Novice Division: Open to any female competitor who as not previously won this or the Open Division of this competition.
• Open Division: Open to all female competitors regardless of age, experience or previous titles won (with exception of Natural Bodz Pro League Winners).
• Masters Divisions: Open to all female figure competitors of the age 35 years and over as of 1st January of the year you are competing in.
All divisions may be split further by height classes (ie.short, medium, tall) subject to final competitor numbers which will be known after the official registration. Competitors will be advised the morning of the show.
Figure International Rounds
The Figure International structure consists of two rounds• Round 1 – Stage Entry & Presentation, 10% of Total Score
• Round 2 – Symmetry, 90% of Total Score
Round 1 – Stage Entry Presentation – Accounts for 10% of Overall Score
Each competitor (except for NEWCOMERS Division) will perform and individual spotlight walk to the center of stage from a 45 degree path from either side of the stage.
At this point the competitor will perform either 4 quarter turns or 4 poses if they choose or a combination of the two in their own time and then form a line at the side or rear of stage.
Newcomer Division competitors will all file on stage together in recognition of the first timers.
The judging panel will be assessing each competitors:• Finesse and grace in their stage entry and ability to walk in stage shoes
• Stage presence and confidence
• Transitions and smoothness between movements
• Overall presentation which includes skin tone and color, costume fit /cut/colour that should complement the competitor, presentable hair and makeup to compliment the individual.
Round 2 – Symmetry Round – Accounts for 90% of Overall Score
In the symmetry round, all competitors face the judging panel and perform four (quarter) turns.
The quarter turns are set with both feet together and arms at either side. This is a non-posing round. The idea is to remain poised showing shape, symmetry and aesthetics throughout the quarter turns.
Hands remain open not clenched.
Competitors may twist their upper body during the side symmetry ¼ turns. Hips must always be in line with the direction they are facing.
In this round the judging panel will assess you on the following:
Judges may call for comparisons where by competitor may be asked to move to a different position in the lineup, after which the lineup may be asked to perform the ¼ turns again.
Level of Muscular Development and Conditioning
The level of muscular development and conditioning in the Asia Pacific Figure International Category is Less Pronounced than the Standard Figure Category as there are no Muscularity Poses in this category.
Overall symmetry, balance and proportion with a lower level of body fat are required, however a person with excessive muscle size, hardness and striations would be better suited to the Standard Figure Category.
Across the Figure International classes the ideal level of conditioning would see a reasonably low body fat level that reflects separation between muscle groups, visual abdominal leanness however not a deeply etched six pack nor striations across muscles.
Judges will be looking for even development between all muscle groups presenting a total aesthetically pleasing Figure.
Figure International Attire
Important elements to remember:
The overall look is taken into consideration by the judges; hence it’s important to ensure competitors have covered all bases in their preparation and stage presentation.
Important elements include having: