Friday, December 14, 2018

Miss Gay America 2018 Andora Tetee and the Excellence Foundation Teams up with Cheer New York to Raise Money for Antii Violence Project


December 14, 2018 (New York, NY) – Continuing the long tradition of good works by the Miss Gay America pageant system, comes this announcement by the current Miss Gay America 2018 Andora Te'tee of New York City:

"On behalf of the Miss America System, I would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season. This is the season of giving and so I think it’s appropriate to announce that the Excellence Foundation will be teaming up with Cheer New York to raise money for the Anti Violence Project.

"Cheer New York is a diverse group of LGBTQ+ and ally cheerleaders who use their athletic and philanthropic abilities to inspire and encourage audiences wherever they perform and raise money for a charity they choose yearly.

"I have two drag daughters in Cheer New York and have many friends in the team. I know that together as a team we will be able to make a change and benefit the Anti Violence Project, an amazing organization that supports and empowers LGBTQ+ and HIV-affected survivors of violence through counseling and advocacy, combined with their proactive response to the crisis of violence through community education and outreach.

"During my entire rein Cheer New York and the Excellence Foundation will be collecting, raising and cheering for money for the Anti Violence Project. I would like to encourage everyone reading this blog to support our efforts and help us make a difference in the lives of the survivors of violence that the Anti Violence Project serves.

Those interested in making a donation to the Miss Gay America Excellence Foundation can do so at www.mgaexcellencefoundation.org. Click the "Donate" button. If you wish your donation to go to the  associated charity of a particular Miss Gay America title-holder, please include their name in the donation page notes. (We are currently putting together a list of MGA title-holders and their associated charities.)

"I wish you all the best this holiday season and may it be full of love and glitter." •

Related: Miss Gay America 2019 Andora Te'tee joins Longtime MGA Veteran Barbra Seville's Wonderful 100 in raising $40,000 for AIDS Walk Arizona

Related: 47th Annual Miss Gay America Pageant Pauses for Community Outreach in St. Louis; Dozens of Contestants Visit Three Organizations

Related: The Big Heart of Miss Gay America: Pageant Owners Announce Creation Charitable Foundation to Mentor, Benefit LGBTQ Youth: Pageant owners crown Lady Gaga (photo) the first ever Honorary Miss Gay America, donate $5000 to her Born This Way Foundation, and launch the Miss Gay America Foundation to mentor, benefit LGBTQ youth

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

MISS GAY AMERICA Photographer Erika Wagner "The Drag Photographer" Shares 10 Fab Photos and Chats with MGAZINE

Miss Gay America 2018 First Alternate Brooke Lynn Hytes

All photos by Erika Wagner "The Drag Photographer"

Orlando-based photographer Erika Wagner, aka The Drag Photographer, is the magician behind some of the most unstoppably glamorous photos of drag entertainers out there, including of the Miss Gay America & Mr. Gay America 2018 royal family.

Miss Gay America 2018 Deva Station

This past year she photographed Miss Gay America 2018 Deva Station, Miss Gay America 2018 First Alternate Brooke Lynn Hytes (top), and Mr. Gay America 2018 Judas Elliot. "Love shooting with her!," says Judas, "If u can’t tell! Working with Erika is indescribable. Her creativity and attention to detail is beyond comparison!"
Mr. Gay America 2018 Judas Elliot

Erika also photographed local girl, Miss Gay Florida America 2018 Alexis Mateo, to fierce effect (below). So fierce, the photos ran in local weekly newspaper, Creative Loafing Tampa. "Shooting with Erika is like seing your best friend after a long time," says Alexis. "She always make me feel amazing and we love to sing Disney songs together. She understand my vision. My favorite photographer!" See those photos and more of Alexis by Erika here.
Miss Gay Florida America 2018 Alexis Mateo

Below, a random selection of fabulous photos and answers to our little Q&A from Erika Wagner. For more of Erika's work follow her on Instagram @thedragphotographer. Book your own shoot with Erika at www.erika-wagner.com.
 Roxxxy Andrews
Melony VonKruz

1 Why and when did you pick up the camera? 

When I was a baby my dad always had the camera on my face. As a teen I always had the camera on people’s faces, they hated me for it. I went into makeup, graduated from a school in Hollywood CA. and was working on set and was asked to snap a few shots. The photographer liked how I took initiative and I began assisting him. My grandfather traveled all over the world and was an amateur photographer, he would always sit me down in front of his 20-40 slide carousels, I credit grandpa for a lot of my current interests, including my love of making pictures. Professionally ( getting payed ) it has been 10 years since I incorporated my business.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Miss Gay America 2019 Andora Te'tee joins Longtime MGA Veteran Barbra Seville's Wonderful 100 in raising $40,000 for AIDS Walk Arizona

Above: Miss Gay America 2019 Andora Te'tee and Barbra Seville's Wonderful 100, which this year raised $40,000--and over the last 10 years nearly $250,000 for AIDS Walk Arizona.

Continuing the longstanding tradition and commitment to good works by the Miss Gay America system, Miss Gay America 2019 Andora Te'tee recently joined Barbra Seville's Wonderful 100 for AIDS Walk Arizona Sunday October 28th in Phoenix. The walk benefits the Aunt Rita's Foundation, a Phoenix based organization dedicated to the elimination of, and suffering from, HIV and AIDS.

For the past 10 years, Richard Stevens–who as Barbra Seville has participated in the Miss Gay America system for over 20 years–has motivated and organized Barbra Seville's Wonderful 100.  From the Echo Magazine feature, "Echo inducts Barbra Seville’s Wonderful 100 Echo inducts Barbra Seville’s Wonderful 100":
Above: Dusty Brindsmade, Richard Stevens (Barbra Seville), Jeffrey Perales, George Herrera and Anneliz Ahumada (All BSW110 committee members). Photo from Echo Magazine.

The Wonderful 100 started 10 years ago when Seville – the beloved drag persona of Richard Stevens – decided to form a group to walk for AIDS Walk Arizona. The original mission was simple: 100 people would participate in the walk and raise $100 each. The funds would then be dispersed by Aunt Rita’s to different Valley HIV/AIDS organizations.    

Not only was the team a success that year, they also laid down the foundation for a wildly successful decade of supporting this event. Since their inception, the amount of money this group has raised is near the $250,000 mark, utilizing a variety of promotional outlets, from social media to fun in-person events. Read the full story here.

Above: Dusty Brindsmade with (in crowns) Miss Gay Arizona/Miss Gay Western States promoter Daniel Eckstrom, Miss Gay Arizona America 2018 Adriana Galliano, Miss Gay America 2019 Andora Te'tee and Geo Johnson (Mr Gay Arizona America).

Andora recounts participating in this revered annual event:

Thursday, October 18, 2018

10 Tricks for a Prizewinning Halloween Costume from the Queen of Costumes Miss Gay America 2019 Andora Te’tee

Composite photos of Miss Gay America Andora Te’tee by Kiet Thai.  See more photos of Andora Te’tee’s fantastic costumes on her Instagram 

In anticipation of Halloween costume contests everywhere, here are 10 tricks for a prizewinning look from the queen of costumes herself, Miss Gay America 2019, Andora Te’tee.  

1. Pick a simple concept and then be the best at it. Example: the devil. Be the best devil! You don't want people wondering who you are supposed to be.  

2. Make sure you don't have anything blocking you mouth. That way nothing gets between you and your cocktail!  

3. I you can't glue it, don't do it! Glue is the fastest way to make costumes. Yes that's right girl, you don't need a sewing machine to look good in Halloween drag!  

4. If you make your shoulders bigger, your waist will look smaller. Say yaass! to shoulder pads and shoulder decorations.  

5. Add lights. Tuck battery packs away into wigs hats or pockets. This extra element will make you the center of attention at the party.  

Friday, October 12, 2018

Watch Contestant Dextaci Sing “This is the Moment” for a Standing Ovation at Miss Gay America 2019



Miss Gay Western States America 2018 First Alternate Dextaci tore it up in Talent, singing live. Her rendition of "This is the Moment," from the musical Jekyll & Hyde and earned her a standing ovation. Go Dextaci!

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

47th Annual Miss Gay America Pageant Pauses for Community Outreach in St. Louis; Dozens of Contestants Visit Three Organizations

Miss Gay America pageant co-owner Michael Dutzer (right) and Miss Gay America contestants on the bus to Food Outreach in St. Louis.

October 10, 2018 (New York, NY) – Last week, from October 3 - 6, the 47th annual Miss Gay America female impersonator pageant took place in St. Louis. The week culminated with the crowning of New York City entertainer Andora Te'tee as our new Miss Gay America. Established in 1972, the Miss Gay America pageant is the longest running and most prestigious female impersonator competition in the world. 

Carrying on the longstanding Miss Gay America tradition of community service, on the morning of the third day of the four-day pageant, three chartered buses delivered over two dozen Miss Gay America contestants to three St. Louis organizations.   

One group helped prepare meals for families of seriously ill children at Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis, while another group helped stock and box up canned goods to people living with HIV/AIDS at Food Outreach

Not wearing t-shirts, but in full regalia, the outgoing Miss Gay America 2018 Deva Station, Mr. Gay America 2018 Judas Elliot and Miss Gay America 2015 Blair Williams visited the St. Louis Children’s hospital. For all, it was deeply moving experience.   

“This morning I met Oliver who loves glitter, pink, and dresses,” said Deva Station moved to tears afterward. “He was fascinated with my Miss Gay America ring–so it is now his. Later, we met Janet who is working on her second bachelor’s in photography, and has had a liver transplant.  When I think of what these young people face with such courage, I am made aware of how blessed I am in my life. I am so proud of the Miss Gay America organization.”

This coming weekend, on Saturday October 13, the Miss Gay America pageant will be well represented at the Food Network’s Drag Brunch, during the NYC Wine and Food Festival, benefiting No Kid Hungry.  The brunch is presented by ABSOLUT GRAPEFRUIT® and hosted by Countess Luann de Lesseps and will feature food by celebrity chef Arnold Myint–aka Miss Gay America 2016 Suzy Wong–and appearances by local drag stars, including our new Miss Gay America 2019 Andora Te'tee and fellow New Yorker, Miss Gay Western States America 2018 Fifi DuBois. •

Related: The Big Heart of Miss Gay America:  Pageant owners crown Lady Gaga (photo) the first ever Honorary Miss Gay America, donate $5000 to her Born This Way Foundation, and launch the Miss Gay America Foundation to mentor, benefit LGBTQ youth

15 Photos from the day are below. Credit for all: Courtesy of the Miss Gay America pageant.

 Miss Gay America 2018 Deva Station on the bus to the St. Louis Children's Hospital. Below, Deva Station at the St. Louis Children's Hospital. with her new friend, Oliver, who admired and was promptly given her official Miss Gay America ring.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Feeling the love of the Heartland: Miss Gay America Reigns Over the Covers of the Two Biggest Newspapers–AND Fox News–in St. Louis!

While the country may be convulsing under conservative posturing, it was great to see two major newspapers in the American Heartland make the Miss Gay America pageant their featured cover story–in the same week!

Not only were we the cover story for the St. Louis Dispatch's Go Magazine and the hip St. Louis weekly, the Riverfront Times, but we were featured on the local Fox News channel the night before AND on the day after the pageant.



Furthermore, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch featured a great post-pageant slideshow by photographer Cristina Fletes, who we can than enough for covering the pageant for over six hours!

"Being embraced by St. Louis sends a great message to the rest of America," says Miss Gay America pageant co-owner Michael Dutzer. "Regardless of what you see in the media, the public is still rooting for the LGBTQ community. And now we have a Miss Gay America, Andora Te’tee—and our publicist–in the bullseye of the American media universe, New York City. 2019 is going to be a great year for the Miss Gay America pageant.”

Thank you St. Louis!