Miss Gay America 2018 Deva Station. Photo by Scotty Kirby.

Miss Gay America 2018 Deva Station. Photo by Scotty Kirby.

ContactAndy Reynolds, Popular Publicity,

Miss Gay Florida America 2018
August 26
Hamburger Mary’s Brandon
Pageant starts 7:00 p.m.
Crowning takes place at approximately by 11:00 p.m.
Admission: Free. No cover.
Theme: “Express Yourself”
2016 Town Center Boulevard
Brandon, FL 33511
More info on the Facebook Event page


(Brandon, FL) August 10, 2018–On August 26, Hamburger Mary’s Brandon will be the setting for Miss Gay Florida America, a preliminary competition for the 46th annual 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 pageant will honor the Miss Gay Florida America 2013 Shardé Ross and feature a special performances by the reigning Miss Gay America 2018 Deva Station (above).

Miss Gay Florida 2013 Shardé Ross. Photo by Douglas W. Burns

This is the first Miss Gay Florida pageant since 2013, when Shardé Ross (above) won the crown.

The evening’s theme will be “Express Yourself.” For the Presentation category, contestants will be asked to interpret the theme, in their gown, costume and look.

Miss Gay Florida America is a “standard regional pageant,” meaning there is no specific residency requirement, other than contestants must be a resident of the United States.

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 for the Miss Gay America 2019 crown St. Louis this October 3-6. The pageant will take place at the enormous new Hamburger Mary’s St. Louis, with the final night happening at The Ferrara Theater.

Hamburger Mary’s St. Louis 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.

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Miss Gay Florida America is being promoted by Miss St. Pete’s Pride Kori Stevens (above left), show director at Bradley’s on 7th in Tampa, and  Miss Gay America 2010 Coco Montrese (above right) who competed in RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5. (Coco Montrese photo by Scotty Kirby.)

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. •

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