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Miss Gay North Carolina America 2018
Honoring Miss Gay North Carolina America 2017 Eden Parque Divine
with special performance by Miss Gay America 2018 Deva Station
The Scorpio Nightclub
2301 Freedom Dr.
Charlotte, NC 28208
No cover (free!)
Aug 23: Pageant starts 10:00, Formers Review Show at 11:00
Aug 24: Pageant starts 8:00 p.m. Crowning at about 11:30
(Charlotte, NC) July 27, 2018–From August 23-24, The Scorpio Nightclub in Charlotte will be the setting for Miss Gay North Carolina 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 North Carolina America pageant began in 1979 and is now in its 40th year.
The pageant will honor the current Miss Gay North Carolina 2017 Eden Parque Divine, of Winston-Salem, and Miss Gay America 2018 Deva Station, of Columbus, Ohio.
The pageant theme, chosen by Eden, is “Garden of Eden.” For the Presentation category, Miss Gay North Carolina America contestants will be asked to interpret the theme, in their gown, costume and look.
“Presentation may be anything floral, tropical plant, tree or garden foliage,” instructs Eden. “Be creative. It’s your interpretation of any wild growing foliage. You must be able to walk and move without support or wheels. No snakes may be used in your presentation costume or design. Formers please wear anything red/all red of your choosing, as you will be representing the for bidden apple/temptation in the garden.”
Contestants from 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 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 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. •