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Miss Gay Maryland America 2017
Saturday: April 22, 2017
Alice in Wonderland
Doors open at 6:00PM - Pageant at 7:00PM
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore
1525 Russell St. Baltimore, MD 21230
More info: http://www.missgaymarylandamerica.com/
> Read the Q&A with Rebecca Blaqueout on the Miss Gay America blog MGAZINE.
> Check out the Baltimore Sun slideshow from last year’s pageant here.
(New York, NY) April 11, 2017–On April 22, 2017, the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore will be the setting for Miss Gay Maryland America, a state 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, longest running and most prestigious female impersonator competition. The Miss Gay Maryland America began in 1985 and is now in its 32nd year.
The evening's theme will the "Alice in Wonderland" Tea Party scene, as seen in the 1951 “Alice in Wonderland” movie by Walt Disney. The catch: costumes are not to be a main character from the movie or story, but a Tea Party guest! See the rules at www.missgaymarylandamerica.com.
For those wondering, the Miss Gay America pageant is G-Rated, classy, dazzling, and family-friendly entertainment. Many of the contestants arrive with parents, children and cheering family members in tow.
Nearly a dozen contestants from across the state will compete in five categories: Male Interview, Presentation (theme based costume), Evening Gown, Talent (fully produced stage production; sets, dancers, permitted), On Stage Interview.
The pageant will honor the current Miss Gay Maryland America 2016 Rebecca Blaqueout, from Baltimore, and feature Miss Gay America 2017 Suzy Wong (left), of Nashville.
The Miss Gay Missouri America began in 1985 and now in its 32nd year, remains one of the oldest preliminaries in the Miss Gay America pageant system.
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 five categories: Male Interview, Presentation (theme based costume), Evening Gown, Talent (fully produced stage production; sets, dancers, permitted), On Stage Interview.
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. •
• 5 Q&As with Miss Gay Maryland America 2016, Rebecca Blaqueout here
• ABOUT More about the Miss Gay America as a WORD DOC
• 300dpi photos on request
• Miss Gay Maryland America Pageant website: www.missgaymarylandamerica.com
• Miss Gay America website: www.missgayamerica.com
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