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Miss Gay Maryland America 2018
Saturday, April 14th
Doors open at 5:00 PM
Starts at 6:00 PM
1525 Russell Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
$120.00 to Reserve your table for 4
$240.00 to Reserve your table for 8
$20.00 per ticket for General Admission purchases before April 1st
$25.00 from April 1st to show time.
(New York, NY) February 23, 2018–On Sunday April 14, 2018, the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore will be the setting for Miss Gay Maryland America, a state preliminary competition for the 46th 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 33rd year.
The owners of the Miss Gay America pageant, Michael Dutzer and Rob Mansman, married with two daughters, live in Frederick, MD.
The evening's theme will be "Kinky Boots." For the Presentation category, contestants will be asked to interpret the theme in their gown, costume and look.
The Miss Gay Maryland America pageant will honor the current Miss Gay America 2018 Deva Station (top), of Columbus, Ohio and Miss Gay Maryland America 2017 Eva Couture (below, center).
Contestants from regional preliminaries around the state will compete in five categories: Male Interview (in suit and tie), Presentation (theme-based costume), Evening Gown, On Stage Interview and Talent (big production number with costumes, sets and dancers).
The winner will go on to compete with about 50 others for the Miss Gay America 2018 crown St. Louis this October. The pageant will take place at the enormous Hamburger Mary's St. Louis, which was recently opened by Dutzer and Mansman (and partner David Pardue) and is one of the largest of in the drag-themed 19 restaurant franchise.
Miss Gay Maryland America 2018 Eva Couture (center). Photo by Michael J. Palmisano with Palmisano Productions. Click here to see the Baltimore Sun slideshow of photos from last year's Miss Gay Maryland America pageant.
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 surgical body augmentations below the neck directly related to promoting/enhancing a feminine image (female breasts, hips, etc.) allowed, contestants must rely on the skills and techniques of the art female impersonation–breast pads, hip pads, flattering clothing, wigs and make-up–to create a female impersonation that will score high enough with the judges to win the title of Miss Gay America. Read complete MGA Handbook via the About page at www.missgayamerica.com.
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. •
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