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Miss Gay Northeast America 2018
Honoring Miss Gay Northeast America 2017 Dessie Love Blake
with a special performance by Miss Gay America 2018 Deva Station
July 20, 2018
The Doubletree by Hilton Reading
701 Penn Street
Reading, PA 19601
Doors: 6:00 p.m.
Pageant begins at 7:00 p.m.
See the Facebook Event page for full info.
(New York, NY) July 16, 2018–On July 20, The Doubletree Hilton Reading will be the setting for Miss Gay Northeast America, a preliminary competition for the 46th annual Miss Gay America Pageant.
It’ll be a night of glamour, Las Vegas style entertainment, high emotions, higher hair, and really, really big earrings.
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.
Miss Gay Northeast America is a regional pageant, meaning it is open to contestants from anywhere within in the continental U.S.
At left: Miss Gay America 2018 Deva Station. Photo by Scotty Kirby.
The evening's theme, chosen by Dessie, is "I Love Rock & Roll." "Wear your Rock-inspired looks from Mohawks to spikes. Take your Rock look from any genre of Rock, 80s big hair, 90s punk. Rock or your own vision of Rock Goddess!" The Miss Gay Northeast America pageant began in 2014 and is now in its 4th year.
Contestants 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 nearly 50 others contestants for the Miss Gay America 2019 crown in St. Louis this October. The pageant will take place at the enormous new Hamburger Mary's St. Louis, which was recently opened by Miss Gay America pageant owners Michael Dutzer and Rob Mansman and partner David Pardue. It is one of the largest in the drag-themed 19-restaurant franchise.
Miss Gay America pageants are all-ages, classy, PG, family-friendly events; many contestants show up with spouses, relatives and children in tow.
Miss Gay America Giving Back
Above: Miss Gay America owner Rob Mansman, Lady Gaga, and Miss Gay America owner Michael Dutzer.
Giving has always played a key role in the Miss Gay America legacy. Living up to the pageant’s motto to “Be Excellent,” over the years Miss Gay America titleholders have donated millions of dollars to a variety of charitable organizations across the U.S.
In 2017 Miss Gay America pageant co-owners Michael Dutzer and Rob Mansman established the MGA Excellence Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. The foundation highlights giving by Miss Gay America title holders on their newly launched site, MyDragSuperstar.
Click here to read about the good works of Miss Gay Northeast America Dessie Love Blake.
Last summer, Mansman and Dutzer crowned Lady Gaga as the first ever Honorary Miss Gay America and donated $5000.00 to her Born This Way Foundation.
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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