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Miss Gay Heart of America 2016
March 5, 2017
5:00PM - 11:00PM
Cover charge: $10
775 N. High St
Columbus, OH 43215
*The crowning of Miss Gay Heart of America 2017 should happen between 10-10:30PM.
(New York, NY) February 22, 2017–On March 5, 2017, Axis nightclub in Columbus will be the setting for Miss Gay Heart of America "A Night in Oz", a regional preliminary competition for the 45th Miss Gay America pageant.
Established in Nashville in 1972–37 years before "RuPaul's Drag Race"–The Miss Gay America Pageant is the world’s first and longest running and most prestigious female impersonator competition.
Featured performers at the Miss Gay Heart of America pageant at Axis Nightclub, March 5, 2017, Columbus, OH. Top L-R: Miss Gay America 2017 Suzy Wong (Kristofer Reynolds), Miss Gay America 2016 Asia T Ohara (Kristofer Reynolds), Miss Gay America 2011 Coti Collins (Tios Photography), Miss Gay America 2000 Catia Lee Love. Bottom L-R: Former Miss Gay Heart of America 2008 Jade Sinclair (Ginger Snap Photography), Columbus’s own Nina West and Virginia West and honoree, Miss Gay Heart of America 2016 Kelly Ray Shelton (Cody Perry).
Don’t miss this great opportunity to see some of the best female impersonators from across this county. The night will feature the talents of Miss Gay America 2017 Suzy Wong (left), Miss Gay America 2016 Asia T Ohara, Miss Gay America 2011 Coti Collins, Miss Gay America 2000 Catia Lee Love and Former Miss Gay Heart of America 2008 Jade Sinclair as well as appearances by Columbus’s own Nina West and Virginia West.
Miss Gay Heart of America Kelly Ray Shelton was recently interviewed on the glam Miss Gay America blog, MGAZINE. Read it here.
Contestants will compete in four rigorously judged categories: Male Interview, 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 2018 in New Orleans this October.
Come help us honor Miss Gay Heart of America 2016 (and Miss Gay America 2017 First Alternate), Kelly Ray Shelton (above) and watch contestants from all over the country battle it out to be the next Miss Gay Heart of America 2017! Who will be the very first 2 contestants to earn their tickets to Miss Gay America 2018? Join us for ” A Night In Oz” March 5, 2017 at Axis on High!
About the Miss Gay America Pageant
To get glimpse into the world of female impersonator competition, check out the trailer (above) 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!
Miss Gay America was founded in 1972 in Nashville, 37 years before "RuPaul's Drag Race." To date, over 10,000 men from over thirty states have competed for the Miss Gay America crown. •
• Press release as WORD DOC
• 5 Q&As with Miss Gay Heart of America 2016, Kelly Ray Shelton here
• ABOUT Miss Gay America (with photos, video) or download as a WORD DOC
• 300dpi photos on request
• Miss Gay Heart of America Pageant Website | Facebook
For more info and interviews, please contact Andy Reynolds at Popular Publicity: email@example.com
Miss Gay Heart of America 2016 Kelly Ray Shelton
Photo by Cody Perry Photography