From April 6-8, 2017, the Metropolitan Community Church of Greater St. Louis will be the setting for Miss Gay Missouri America, a regional preliminary competition for the 45th 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 and longest running and most prestigious female impersonator competition.

MGMOA_Poster_900px_72dpiThe evening’s theme will be “Comic-Con”, a reflection of Regina La Rae and her partner’s passion and business (Saint’s Customs) creating high quality costumes for fans participating in Comic Con events across the country.

An integration of female impersonation and the world-wide sensation of Comic-Con, “Contestants are being encouraged to tap into their inner geek and dress as any character they choose which can be from TV, Comics, Movies, or books. Their own imagination is the only limitation of how far they can go.”

For those wondering, the Miss Gay America pageant is G-Rated, classy, dazzling, and family-friendly entertainment. Many of the contestant arrive with parents, children and cheering family members in tow.

Twenty-two contestants from six cities (St Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, Columbia, St Joseph and Hannibal). will compete in four rigorously judged categories: Male Interview, Evening Gown, On-Stage Interview, and Talent (big production number), setting the winners on a path to compete for the national title of Miss Gay America 2018 in New Orleans this October.

The pageant will honor the current Miss Gay Missouri America 2016 Regina La Rae and feature Miss Gay America 2017, Suzy Wong (left) of Nashville as well as performances by several Forever Miss Gay Missouri Americas (former title holders).

The Miss Gay Missouri America began in 1974 and now in its 43rd year, remains one of the oldest preliminaries in the Miss Gay America pageant system. V

Via Press Release

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 four categories: Male Interview, Evening Gown, On-Stage Interview, and Talent (fully produced stage production; sets, dancers, permitted).

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.

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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