The combined 10-contestants competed in the categories of male interview, solo talent, evening gown, talent and on stage question.

 

Erica Leigh Foster captured the title of Miss Gay Illinois America 2011 on Saturday night with a combination of solid live vocals and a lively routine from the musical Chicago.

 

St. Louis residents are eligible to compete and the contest was hosted in the city because preliminary rules allow for contestants to live within a 25-mile radius of an adjoining state to the Land of Lincoln. The pageant was hosted by MGIA promoters Trixie LaRue and Sable Sinclar who hammed it up between categories.

 

Foster will be joined by First Alternate Adria Andrews in representing Miss Gay Illinois at the national contest this fall. Additional awards included Most Professional Contestant (Adria Andrews), Best Contestant Dresser (Zane Redfern) and a Special Tribute and Lifetime Achievement Award (Vicki Vincent).

 

On Sunday night, Diva Coppafeel proved victorious in capturing the title of Miss Gay Midwest America 2011 with energetic talents and stellar communication skills. Also earning a ticket to MGA was Crystal Lace, who mirrored her previous year’s placement of First Alternate. Keli Stevens from Texas was voted Miss Congeniality. Miss Gay Midwest America is promoted by Joe Bradley.

 

Also on hand throughout the weekend was Miss Gay America 2011 Coti Collins and a host of former Miss Gay Illinois, Miss Gay Midwest and Miss Gay America royalty—including the first Miss Gay America 1973, Norma Kristie (Norman Jones).

 

All four qualified contestants call St .Louis home and will go on to compete at the 40th Annual Miss Gay America Pageant in Columbus, Ohio, Oct. 12-15, 2011. Unlike some of her sister pageants, MGA requires that contestants be “all boy”—hence no hormones or body augmentation below the neck is allowed.

 

BOTTOM RIGHT PHOTO: DIVA COPPAFEEL CROWNED MGMW 2011 BY MGA 2011 COTI COLLINS AND MGMW 2010 TRIXIE LARUE.

 

BY: COLIN MURPHY – SENIOR WRITER