44 fierce drag performers are about to get on stage in St. Louis, Missouri for the 47th edition of Miss Gay America.
The drag pageant, modeled after Miss America and other pageants for cisgender women, starts on 3 October until 6 October.
Now in its 47th year, the contest promises four days of ‘glamour, Las Vegas-style entertainment, high emotions, higher hair, and really, really big earrings’.
At the end of the flamboyant event, the new queen will be crowned on the final night, taking on the title for 2019.
The Miss Gay America pageant is a family-friendly event. Many contestants, in fact, show up with spouses, relatives, and children. Adorably, some even wear matching bowling jackets emblazoned with their queen’s name across the back.
As for its rules, Miss Gay America is strict. Notably, it’s the only national drag pageant that prohibits contestants from using female hormones. Similarly, queens can’t undergo any feminizing plastic surgery, such as breast implants.
MGA was born in 1972
Miss Gay America has been following the traditional pageant model since 1972.
Similarly to RPDR, it has contestants, judges, and categories. At the end of the competition, the winner goes home with a prize package worth $50,000.
This year’s Miss Gay America prize package includes crown, scepter, and jewelry, alongside other treats fit for a queen. If you want to find out what’s in there, you can find further information on the blog.
Hailing from Ohio, Deva Station won the title in 2017
The current titleholder is Deva Station, who also offered her take on why MGA is still relevant here.
After her victory, she got to choose the theme for this year’s pageant, Fantastical Creatures.
Following her lead, contestants will need to interpret the theme in their gown, costume and look for the presentation category.
This year Deva has one only imperative.
‘Take inspiration from fantasy, Greek mythology, sci-fi,’ she also said.
She furthermore added: ‘Be creative and take us to a world of total fantasy.’
Apart from presentation, queens will compete in other four categories: male interview in suit and tie, evening gown, on-stage interview, and talent. The latter is usually a big production number with costumes, sets, and dancers.
The pageant will also feature performances by former Miss Gay Americas.
The new queens are here
Coming from all across the US, the new queens are fierce and fabulous.
Among 2019’s contestants, there is also RPDR3’s Alexis Mateo, who represents Florida.
Just a few hours away from the beginning of the contest, let’s also take a look at 17 of the most incredible queens battling for the title.