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Miss Gay Georgia America 2018
August 2, 2018
Featuring a special performance by Miss Gay America 2018 Deva Station
1 Jefferson Street
Pageant begins at 7:00 p.m.
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Contestant information: www.clubone-online.com/shop/missgayamerica/
Miss Gay Georgia America Meet & Greet
August 1, 2018
B Historic Savannah Hotel
4233, 320 Montgomery St.
Savannah, GA 31401
Come meet Miss Gay America 2018 Deva Station, the Miss Gay Georgia America judges and contestants. Open to the public.
(Savannah, GA) July 18, 2018–On August 2 at 7:00 p.m., Club One in Savannah will be the setting for the Miss Gay Georgia America pageant. A preliminary competition for the 46th annual nationwide Miss Gay America Pageant, it is the first Miss Gay Georgia America pageant since 2006 and the first ever to be held in Savannah.
It’ll be night of glamour, Las Vegas style entertainment, high emotions, higher hair, and really, really big earrings.
The night prior to the pageant, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., host hotel B Historic Savannah will be presenting a reception/meet and greet to welcome Miss Gay America 2018 Deva Station, the Miss Gay Georgia America judges and contestants.The public is invited.
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 Georgia America is an open regional pageant, meaning it is open to contestants from anywhere within in the continental U.S. The title of MIss Gay Georgia America comes with a total cash prize package worth $1250.00.
Blair Williams. Photo by Adriana Iris Boatwright.
The Miss Gay Georgia pageant is being promoted by Club One Show Director, Blair Williams, known as “The Styles and Smiles of Savannah.” Williams won the coveted title of Miss Gay America 2015 and has held numerous titles throughout her career, including including "Miss Savannah Pride" and "Miss Gay Savannah."
Miss Gay Georgia will feature special performances by Williams and the reigning Miss Gay America 2018 Deva Station of Columbus.
The evening's theme, chosen by Williams, is "Beach Party." "It'll be 98 degrees in the shade and we are literally 15 miles from the shore. I thought it could be fun and creative for the contestants," say Willams. "And they wouldn't have to spend a small fortune on a costume that they may not have the opportunity to wear again."
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.
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.
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.
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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