Miss Gay Arkansas America 2018
August 11, 2018
Admission $20. Tables for 2 add $15, 4 add $25
Start time: 8:00 p.m. Crowning of the winner should take place around midnight.
1021 Jessie Rd.
Little Rock, AR 72202
Discovery Nightclub website: www.latenightdisco.com
Tickets and info at www.missgayarkansas.com
(Little Rock, AR) July 27, 2018–On August 11, Discovery Nightclub in Little Rock will be the setting for Miss Gay Arkansas America, the 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. Miss Gay Arkansas America was also established in 1972, and is in its 46th year of competition.
Miss Gay Arkansas promoter, Norman Jones, of Little Rock, was the first Miss Gay America (as Norma Kristie), owned the Miss Gay America pageant from 1975 to 2005, and now owns and operates the Triniti and Discovery nightclubs in Little Rock. He tells his story in his book "My Pageant, My Life, My Crown," the sales of which he donates to the AIDS charity of the buyer's choosing.
The evening's theme will be "Around the World." For the Presentation category, contestants will be asked interpret the theme, in their gown, costume and look.
Nearly a dozen contestants will compete in five rigorously judged 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 for the Miss Gay America 2019 crown 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 of in the drag-themed 19-restaurant franchise.
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. •