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Miss Gay Arkansas America 2016
September 9-10, 2016
Preliminary Night: Friday, September 9th, 10pm at Triniti Nightclub, $10
Final Night: Saturday, September 10th, 8pm at Discovery Nightclub $20
Both are located at:
1021 Jessie Rd.
Little Rock, AR 72202
Tickets and info at www.missgayarkansas.com
Will-Call advance tickets are $20 and available online only for the Final Night, Saturday, September 10.
Preliminary night (Friday, September 9th) is pay at the door only, no pre-sale available.
www.trinitinightclub.com | www.latenightdisco.com
> Read the BuzzFeed article about last year's pageant, here.
(New York, NY) July 18, 2016–On September 9-10, Triniti and Discovery Nightclubs in Little Rock will be the setting for Miss Gay Arkansas America, the state preliminary competition for the 44th Miss Gay America, the world’s first and longest running female impersonator pageant.
Miss Gay America was founded in 1972 in Nashville, 37 years before "RuPaul's Drag Race." Miss Gay Arkansas America was also established in 1972 and is in its 44th year of competition, making it the oldest and the most prestigious preliminary in the Miss Gay America pageant system.
Miss Gay Arkansas promoter, Norman Jones, of Little Rock, was the first Miss Gay America (as Norma Kristie), owned the Miss Gay America pageant from 1975 to 2005, and now owns and operates the Triniti and Discovery nightclubs in Little Rock. He tells his story in his book "My Pageant, My Life, My Crown," the sales of which he donates to the AIDS charity of the buyer's choosing.
The pageant will honor the current Miss Arkansas America 2015, Eden Alive (above) and feature Miss Gay America 2016, Asia O'Hara (left) of Dallas. The evening's theme will be "Welcome to the Tea Party." (See event poster at left.)
14 contestants will compete in five rigorously judged categories for their respective crowns: Male Interview, Solo Talent, Evening Gown, On-Stage Interview, and Talent (big production number), setting the winners on a path to compete for the title of Miss Gay America 2017 in Memphis, October 5-9.
To get glimpse into the world of female impersonator competition, check out the trailer for the award-winning 2008 documentary "Pageant" on Vimeo.
The Miss Gay America system is very similar in nature to the Miss America or Miss USA system, except that the contestants are men impersonating women. It is not easy to win this title as it takes much talent, creativity, glamour, elegance, sophistication and desire to entertain, to successfully create the illusion in which the judges will approve.
Currently, contestants are rigorously judged in four categories: Male Interview, Evening Gown, On-Stage Interview, and Talent (fully produced stage production; sets, dancers, permitted).
With no body augmentation below the neck allowed, many contestants rely on breast pads, hip pads, flattering clothing, hairstyle and make-up to merge into a winning combination that will score high enough to become the nation’s next Miss Gay America.
The Male Interview category validates the male persona in the contestants whereby contestants are interviewed in male business suit attire. Male Interview is the category to truly allow judges the opportunity to know the contestants and hear answers on a wide variety of topics.
Contestants are in it to win it, easily spending thousands of dollars in preparation for this ultimate female impersonator competition. While some design their own gowns, others spend as much as $15,000 at houses from Vera Wang to Versace. Add in shoes and jewelry, plus fees for choreographers, props, dressers, wig stylists, make-up artists and travel and it quickly adds up.
During her reign, a newly crowned Miss Gay America can earn as much as $70,000 in cash, prizes, travel, and appearance fees. Regardless, the consensus among contestants is what matters most is not the money spent or won, but the title!
To date, over 10,000 men from over thirty states have competed for the Miss Gay America crown. •
About the Miss Gay America pageant: www.popularpublicity.com/miss-gay-america.html
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