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Miss & Mr. Gay Oklahoma America 2018
Miss Gay Oklahoma America 2017 Alysha Brooks Davenport
Mr. Gay Oklahoma America 2018 O'Dey Brooks Davenport
with special guests
Miss Gay America 2018 Deva Station
Mr. Gay America 2018 Judas Elliott
Angles Event Center
2117 NW 39th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
Angles Event Center Facebook
Mr. & Miss Gay Oklahoma America Facebook
July 26: Preliminary Night
July 27: Mr. Gay Oklahoma America
July 28: Miss Gay Oklahoma Final Night & Crowning
Meet the qualified Miss Gay Oklahoma America contestants here.
(Oklahoma City, OK) July 18, 2018–From July 26-28, the Angles Event Center in Oklahoma City will be the setting for Miss Gay Oklahoma America, a state preliminary competition for the 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 Oklahoma America pageant began in 1978 and is now in its 39th year.
The pageant will honor the current Miss Gay Oklahoma 2017 Alysha Brooks Davenport*, of Oklahoma City, and feature Miss Gay America 2018 Deva Station, of Columbus, Ohio.
Miss Gay America 2018 Deva Station. Photo by Scotty Kirby.
In addition, returning on Friday, July 27, is the Mr. Gay Oklahoma America pageant, a preliminary for the Mr. Gay America pageant, starring Mr. Gay Oklahoma America 2018 O'Dey Brooks Davenport*. The Mr. Gay America pageant was created by the Miss Gay America founders in 1983 as platform for gay men to showcase their intellect, community service, and talent. The winner will compete in Mr. Gay America 2019 next July in St. Louis. More about the Mr. Gay America pageant can be found at www.mrgayamerica.net
Miss Gay Oklahoma America 2017 Alysha Brooks Davenport and Mr. Gay Oklahoma America 2018 O'Dey Brooks Davenport. Photo by Carrie Strong.
The pageant theme, chosen by Alysha, is "Temple of Love." For the Presentation category, Miss Gay Oklahoma America contestants will be asked to interpret the theme, in their gown, costume and look. Alysha's instructions to contestants: "Contestants are required to wear a Presentation outfit that is an Egyptian themed costume of choice, but must use the colors of gold and turquoise. Use your imagination. The point is to look like you belong in a temple. No one is allowed to narrate their presentation, care must be made to ensure that it is clear you are representing the theme."
Ten contestants from five 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). Meet the qualified contestants here.
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.
*Alysha and O'Dey share names because they are in the same drag "family," similar to a "house" in the ball community. The "Davenport" family is based Dallas around Kelexis Davenport and includes Kennedy Davenport and Sahara Davenport, who was featured on "RuPaul's Drag Race (Season 2)" and died in 2012. More about the Davenport drag family on Reddit.
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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