*Note: Entries must be received on or before August 25, 2017. You may pick up your information packet, Expo entry pass and contestant number at the LVCC Exhibitor Check-In area on Friday, September 15 from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Please make sure to bring your driver’s license or passport. All contestants must report to the back of the expo stage by 12:30 PM on Friday, September 15 for judging and at 12:00 PM (noon) on Saturday, September 16 for Finals. Failure to appear by the stated times, will result in being removed from the competition, and forfeit of entry fee. We encourage you to wear your swimsuit underneath your clothes and have your hair and make-up ready by the time you arrive to the back of the expo stage. We also encourage you to bring (2) bikinis. We will be inspecting your bikini bottoms to make sure they are not a g-string or a thong. If the bikini does not pass inspection you will not be allowed on stage unless you change your bikini. If you have a doubt of whether or not your bikini will pass inspection please submit a picture of you in the bikini so we may approve. Please note that regardless of your bikini being approved by e-mail it will be inspected again at the event. Please remember that Friday is judging, all competitors must report back on Saturday for the finals so we may announce the top 15.
Verify this with the NPC but as of this writing it is ok to register with the NPC under your official name but to fill out a shows application with a chosen nickname. Either order an NPC card, or buy one when you get to the show (if they sell cards there). In order to compete in the NPC you need a registration card from the NPC, right now they are about $120. You will also need to register for the event, you can wait a bit to register but you don’t want to wait too long because prices go up a few weeks before the event, the price may range anywhere from $75-$120 per class.
With the fabric shortage still in place  and in an endeavour to resurrect swimwear sales, two French designers – Jacques Heim and Louis Réard – almost simultaneously launched their new two-piece swimsuit ranges in 1946.  Heim launched his two-piece swimsuit in Paris which he called the atome , after the smallest known particle of matter.  He advertised the Atome as the world's "smallest bathing suit". At about the same time, Louis Réard created a competing two-piece swimsuit design, which he called the bikini .