Friday, February 3, 2017

THE MGAZINE INTERVIEW: Miss Gay America 2017 Suzy Wong on Reigning and Loving It!

Photo: Scotty Kirby

Though the Miss Gay America blog, MGAZINE, made its debut about a month ago, we’d like to make it official with our first interview–appropriately–with the reigning Miss Gay America 2017 Suzy Wong. Look for forthcoming interviews with Miss Gay America 2016–now a Forever Miss Gay America–Asia O’Hara, a selection of this year’s regional and state title holders, our official MGA photographer Kristofer Reynolds and even a former Miss America. Yes, girls, we are serving! Here now, Miss Gay America 2017, Suzy Wong. 

For many, participating in the MGA system is a life changing event, a welcome source of confidence, structure and family. Several queens have even claimed they were “raised” by the MGA and that the MGA saved their lives by giving them the support they needed to get off alcohol or drugs. For you, has the MGA been more of a goal, a challenge vs. a life-altering or life-saving experience? What does being in the Miss Gay America system mean to you personally? What impact has participating in the MGA had on your life? 

Regardless of personal background, to me, the MGA system is just as much life changing, a source of confidence, structure and family.  I am a work-horse and have been supported to seek success in all that I do.  Through my experiences and opportunities, I have been challenged to push hard in my daily life and have an opportunity to share and celebrate my successes.  MGA has provided an emotional growth for me.  I am in wonder of the dedication and love that is rooted with in the system.  Participation in the MGA  system is a choice I made based on nothing but passion. As far as MGA being a goal, honestly, MGA has to be a goal in order to win. But the goal of the physical crown isn’t the reason why I competed.  I found something that I believe in, that resonates within me, and I feel that I can share my gifts to elevate it. 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Our MGA2017 Suzy Wong Last Night on "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen"

Our Miss Gay America 2017 Suzy Wong made a dazzling appearance on the January 19 broadcast of "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen." She was guest bartender in Andy's Clubhouse and wore a gorgeous emerald greed gown (complimented by her MGA crown and scepter, natch) a nod to guest Idina Menzel role as Elphaba in the smash Broadway show, "Wicked."

Suzy Wong, as many of you know is the alter ego of Nashville restauranteur Arnold Myint, and as such he has competed on "Top Chef" as well as "Food Network Star Season 11." Here, Suzy tells how the guest appearance came about:

"In my last phase of auditions for my third attempt at being on 'Top Chef,' I remember being interviewed in a room full of notables. As I walked in, Andy Cohen was grabbing a coffee, and I bumped into him and immediately gave him a hug.  At the season's finale, he casually asked me, 'So, what's next?'  I told him I would be competing for Miss Gay Tennessee America.'If I go to MGA and win, can I be on your show?' 

The following year as Miss Gay Mid America, I reached out again, and Andy responded wishing me luck.

Five years later, after winning the crown, we were back in contact.  Being on Top Chef was monumental for me professionally.  Being Miss Gay America is a milestone for me personally.  I'm beyond proud, honored, and grateful that my two worlds, in some weird way, have morphed into one amazing platform of opportunity." 

Video clip (Suzy's at the end) and more photos in the Life After Bravo blog post Life After Bravo post "You Won't Recognize Top Chef Alum Arnold Myint These Days" Photos with Andy Cohen, Rachel Bloom, Idina Menzel and Miss Gay Arizona America and Miss Gay Western States promoter, Daniel Eckstrom, after the jump. Watch the entire episode here.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

VIDEO: Meet the Mr. Gay America 2017 Contestants

The evolution of a new era continues in 2017 as the men from Mr. Gay All-American join the Miss Gay America family–as Mr Gay America–on July 2nd at The Rose Room in Dallas, TX. Ten contestants from across the country will compete for the title of Mr Gay America 2017. (The Rose Room is home to Miss Gay America 2016 Asia O'Hara.) Preliminaries will be available to interested promoters starting with the 2018 season. For more information click here.   

A Little Mr. Gay All-American History 
Mr. Gay America is the welcome reincarnation of the Mr. Gay All-American pageant, which originally ran from 1983 - 2009 and was created in 1983 by Norman Jones aka (the first) Miss Gay America 1973 Norma Kristie, who owned the Miss Gay America pageant system from 1975 - 2005. See the Mr. Gay America poster and photo of Mr. Gay All-American 1985 Keith Mitchell, after the jump.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Upcoming MGA2017 Suzy Wong Events include "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen", More...

Jan 19: Tune January 19, 11PM EST in to see Miss Gay America 2017 Suzy Wong all up in Andy’s new clubhouse as she checks in with him on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” (Bravo) for a little “where are they now” chat.  Suzy will be catching Andy up on what she’s been up to since her male persona, Arnold Myint, competed on Bravo’s “Top Chef DC”. You don’t wanna miss this!

Feb 12:  Suzy will be appearing at “Sin City All American Goddess" in Las Vegas, a preliminary to the sister National pageant All American Goddess. Coco Montrese (former Miss Gay America 2010 and of “Drag Race” fame) is the owner and promoter of this prelim. Alexis Mateo is the reigning All American Goddess. 

Feb 24 - 26:  “Royalty Stands United,” Jacksonville, FL, February 26th, Hamburger Mary’s, Daytona Beach. “Royalty Stands United” is a continuation of this generation’s national titleholder efforts to support unity with in our community. 

Brittney Moore, Miss Renaissance organized this weekend of fellowship which will include National EOY (Entertainer of the Year), Miss Continental, Miss Renaissance, Miss Black Universe, Miss Black America, Miss Florida, Miss 50 States, Miss US of A at Large, Universal Show Queen, Former Mr. Continental, Miss Universe Latina, Miss Heart of America. This three-day event will include performances in Jacksonville and a final evening in Daytona Beach (the 26th).

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Gag on the Glamour: The Nation's Top 5 Ruling Drag Pageant Queens Wish Us All a HAPPY NEW YEAR with Historic Portrait

This historic portrait was the brainchild of our current Miss Gay America, Suzy Wong and marks the first time five national drag pageant system title holders have been photographed together.

This year in Orlando, Florida, Suzy brought together five reigning national pageant title holders from across the country to shoot a commemorative photograph as a symbol of unity and to wish everyone Happy New Year.

Pictured, left to right: Sofia Andrews Universal Show Queen, Suzy Wong Miss Gay America, Jazell Royale Miss Continental, Aurora Sexton Miss US of A, Alexus Mateo All American Goddess. Photo: Tone Roc Photography.