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October 5, 8PM: Preliminary Night One
October 6, 8PM: Preliminary Night Two
October 7, 8PM: Preliminary Night Three
October 8, 7PM: Revue Show, $20
October 9, 6PM: Final Night, Crowning of Miss Gay America 2017, $45
*See the "Master Schedule" at www.missgayamerica.com/mga-schedule.html for night-by-night details.
(New York, NY) September 1, 2016–From October 5-9 (five nights), Memphis, Tennessee will be the setting for the 44th national Miss Gay America pageant. Established in Nashville in 1972–37 years before “RuPaul’s Drag Race"–it is the world’s first, longest running and most prestigious female impersonator competition. To date, over 10,000 men from over thirty states have competed for the Miss Gay America crown.
Forty state and regional title holders from 27 preliminaries around the country (totaling nearly 425 contestants) will compete for five nights in five rigorously judged categories to win the Miss Gay America 2017 crown: Male Interview, Solo Talent, Evening Gown, On-Stage Interview, and Talent (big production number).
The pageant will honor the former Miss Gay Texas America 2015 and current Miss Gay America 2016, Asia T. O'Hara (above), of Dallas. On the final night of the pageant, she will step down to pass on the crown to Miss Gay America 2017.
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.
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!. •
About the Miss Gay America pageant: www.popularpublicity.com/miss-gay-america.html
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