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Miss Gay Texas America 2016
The Rose Room Theatre and Lounge
(upstairs at Station 4)
3911 Cedar Springs Rd
Dallas , TX 75219
July 19 & 20 - 9PM: Preliminary Nights, Cover $10
July 21 10:30PM: Review Show: Cover $15
July 22 9PM: Final Night - Top 10 & Crowning: Cover $20
(New York, NY) July 11, 2016–From July 19-22 (four nights), The Rose Room Dallas will be the setting for the 42nd Miss Gay Texas America 2016, the state preliminary competition for the 44th national Miss Gay America, the world’s first and longest running female impersonator pageant.
The pageant will honor the current Miss Gay Texas America 2015 and Miss Gay America 2016, Asia O'Hara (above), of Dallas. Asia O'Hara is a cast member at The Rose Room, the Southwest's premiere show bar for gender illusion.
The evening's theme will be "Sirens of the Sea." (See event poster at left.)
Nearly 40 contestants from 22 regional preliminaries around the state will compete for four nights in five rigorously judged categories for their respective crowns: Male Interview, Solo Talent, Evening Gown, On-Stage Interview, and Talent (big production number).
The Miss Gay Texas America pageant will set the 2016 state winner and alternate on a path to compete for the title of Miss Gay America 2017 in Memphis, TN this 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!
The Miss Gay America pageant was established in 1972 in Nashville, Tennessee–37 years before “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Miss Gay Texas America was established in 1974 and is in its 42nd year of competition.
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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