I hope this letter finds everyone well, and that we are swiftly putting plans together for the state competition in April.
October was a very busy month for me, as we had the national Miss Gay America competition coupled with a city preliminary in Saint Louis, Missouri. I must say I extremely enjoyed myself this year at nationals! This was my second go-around at the national level, and the team that I assembled with executing the week long events was second to none. As we surpassed each category, I was happy and content with what I placed on the stage and in front of the judges. Although the outcome was not in my favor, I was very pleased to see the talents of Asia O’Hara realize her dream as the next Miss Gay America. She provided a wonderful presence onstage all week long, and I cannot wait to see her entertain us throughout this coming year!
As well as competing at the national pageant, I also got to take part in the Miss Gay Saint Louis pageant that is promoted by Jade Sinclair. Witnessing the history of this pageant in action throughout the evening’s events was a very eye-opening experience! It was so great to see so many formers come together and offer their talents and active participation this year in what is a preliminary with a very rich history. Upon the registration hour, we had 3 lovely contestants check-in to throw their hats in the ring to become the successor to Melissa Marnier. While only one was able to capture that victory, it was a great contest to watch with lots of variety. At the end of the evening, Nadia M. Louis was crowned as the 2016 Miss Gay Saint Louis and Bella Rose claimed her ticket as the first alternate. Both of these individuals are now on their way to compete at the state level in early April. Congratulations!
I want to take a timeout during this newsletter to focus on a word that is predominant in the world of pageantry, and that word is “critique”. When entering a pageant, we must keep in mind that we are employing the opinion of a panel of qualified analysts to observe what we do and offer their opinion on what it is that we have presented. When we ask the judges for their thoughts, it is their duty to evaluate our resume in a detailed and analytical manner. At the end of the evening win, lose, or draw it is their collective opinion that results in the victory for one lucky individual. While it is not required that we implement everything that is provided during our critique sessions, it is highly recommended that when meeting with these individuals that we come in with an open mind. They are there to make us stronger in our craft, and even thought we may not agree with everything that is discussed what matters is that we listen, learn, and try to improve based upon the feedback that we have been provided.
Listed below are the 2 preliminaries that we have coming in the next month:
Saturday, November 7th – Miss Gay Springfield, Missouri
Theme – 50 Shades of Pink; honoring the reigning Diva Coppafeel
Location – Springfield, MO, at the Ramada Oasis Hotel and Convention Center
Promoted by Vince Edwards and Autumn Holiday
Saturday, November 21st – Miss Gay Northwest, Missouri
Theme –Grace and Glamour; honoring the reigning L’oreal
Location – Saint Joseph, MO, at Headquarters Nightclub
Promoted by Dustin Mathews and Bianca Bliss (Patrick Hall)
Keep in mind I am only a phone call away! I hope everyone has a great November and takes some time out of their day to day routine to enjoy time with their loved ones. Have a great Thanksgiving, and I will be back in another month corseted up and 7 pounds heavier!
Sounding Off For November,
I would like to introduce myself- Steve Hurley, the newest Board Member of the Miss Gay Missouri America System. I come to you from Lees Summit, Missouri, a suburb of the greater Kansas City metropolis. No stranger to the Miss Gay Missouri Pageantry system, I have nearly 25 years experience working in and around Miss Gay Missouri; from judging, backstage, props, contestant backup, and even co-owned a few pageants back in the day. I feel very well rounded by having this experience under my belt.
As a new member, I have already witnessed many life changing events that have impacted friends, contestants, and how the America system works behind the scenes. I feel honored and humbled to be a part of this Missouri family. The wonderful people that make up this board, validate the name ‘Team’. Oh yes, we all have differences and our own little quirks, but doesn’t every family? But we have one goal in mind. And that is to do our very best to uphold our responsibilities for the betterment of the Miss Gay Missouri America system. This is why I am proud to be a part of this family.
I would like to congratulate Miss Asia T. O’Hara, from Dallas, Texas, as our new Miss Gay America. Wishing her a wonderful and rewarding experience during her reign.
We had a wonderful pageant this past weekend in St Louis. Promoted by Jade Sinclair and hosted by The Grey Fox, Nadia M. Louis won the title of Miss Gay St Louis 2016. Bella Rose came in as First Alternate to Nadia. We look forward to seeing these two ladies next April, competing again, for the Miss Gay Missouri America title.
Upcoming pageants are:
Saturday, November 7th - Miss Gay Springfield, Missouri
Promoted by Vince Edwards and Autum Holiday, and hosted at the Ramada Oasis Hotel
Saturday, November 21st– Miss Gay Northwest, Missouri
Promoted by Dustin Mathews and Bianca Bliss (Patrick Hall). Location to be announced
As fall quickly approaches, and the holidays are upon us, I would like to take this opportunity to thank my fellow board members, promoters, and the many acquaintances, for their acceptance and friendships they have shown me. Looking forward to many more pageants and working together to achieve a thriving Miss Gay Missouri America.
MGMA Board and Alumni