Above: Miss Gay America 2019 by Kiet Thai
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Thanks to “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” drag, the art of female impersonation, is huge. If you love drag and live in the Jackson area, you will want to attend Miss Gay Mississippi 2019, a preliminary competition to the nationwide Miss Gay America pageant, to be held at the Jackson’s premier LGBTQ nightclub, Wonderlust, on June 22.
Pageant promoters promise a night Broadway quality entertainment, high emotions, higher hair, really, really big earrings—and fierce competition!
Established in Nashville in 1972, The Miss Gay America Pageant is the world’s first, longest running and most prestigious female impersonator (aka drag) competition.
June 22 marks the return of the Miss Gay Mississippi America pageant to Jackson, the first since 2014.
The prelim will honor the current Miss Gay Mississippi America Gia Giavanni (2014) and feature a special appearance by the reigning Miss Gay America 2019 Andora Tetee as well as performances by Miss Gay America 2018 Deva Station, Miss Gay America 2007 and Mississippi’s Own Nicole Dubois, Miss Gay America 2000 Catia Lee Love and many more.
The pageant’s theme, chosen by Gia Giavanni (left), is, appropriately, “Return to Royalty,” to celebrate the first Miss Gay Mississippi America preliminary pageant in the state since 2014. While Presentation–when we get a first look at the contestants– is a non-judged category, those competing for the Miss Gay Mississippi crown are asked to wear a costume that reflects the “Return to Royalty” theme.
Contestants will compete in four judged categories: Male Interview (in suit and tie, which happens earlier in the day), 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 other female impersonators from across the U.S. for the Miss Gay America 2020 crown this Fall in St. Louis.
Miss Gay Mississippi is a limited regional preliminary–meaning contestants must reside, for a minimum of 90 days, in a contiguous state (to the location of the regional contest). It is one of over one hundred city, state and regional preliminary currently happening across the country leading up to the national 48th annual Miss Gay America Pageant in St. Louis this October.
Miss Gay Mississippi America 2019
an official preliminary pageant to Miss Gay America 2020
3911 Northview Dr,
General Admission $20
Advance tickets and table reservations at BrownPaperTickets.com
Honoring Miss Gay Mississippi America 2014, Gia Giavanni
Featuring Miss Gay America 2019, Andora Te’Tee
About the Miss Gay America Pageant
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: Presentation (only judge at nationals), Male Interview, 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.
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. •
• More and the history of the Miss Gay America on the About page of Miss Gay America website.
• To get glimpse into the world of female impersonator competition, check out the trailer for the award-winning 2008 documentary “Pageant” on Vimeo.
• Read the latest on the Miss Gay America blog, MGAZINE.
Related: The Big Heart of Miss Gay America: Pageant Owners Announce Creation Charitable Foundation to Mentor, Benefit LGBTQ Youth: Pageant owners crown Lady Gaga (photo) the first ever Honorary Miss Gay America, donate $5000 to her Born This Way Foundation, and launch the Miss Gay America Foundation to mentor, benefit LGBTQ youth.