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!

Monday, October 8, 2018

New York City's Andora Te'tee Crowned MISS GAY AMERICA 2019!

The crowning of Miss Gay America 2019 Andora Te'tee with Miss Gay America 2017 Deva Station (left) and Miss Gay America 2000 Catia Lee Love (right). Photo by BjKj Illusions.

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October 8, 2018 (New York, NY) – This past Saturday night, New York City drag queen and entertainer Andora Te’Tee was crowned Miss Gay America 2019 at the Ferrara Theatre At America's Center in St. Louis.



Established in 1972, the Miss Gay America pageant is now in its 48th year and is the longest running and most prestigious female impersonator competition in the world. Andora entered representing the state of New York after winning the Miss Gay New York 2018 America preliminary back in March.
Miss Gay America 2019 Andora Te'tee. Photo by BjKj Illusions.

Over four days, 44 contestants competed in five categories: Male Interview, Presentation, Talent, Evening Gown and On-Stage Question. Andora slayed the audience and judges with her stunning interpretation of the pageant’s “Fantastical Creatures” theme and her Broadway-worthy performance of “I Enjoy Being a Girl,” which included eight dancers and a record-breaking 9 costume changes.



Video: Miss Gay New York America shops to transform into a 'fashion icon' before competition

Out of drag, Andora is Michael Collins, an event decorator who moved to New York City from Baltimore eleven years ago, where he lives in Hell’s Kitchen with his husband of four years.

Collins uses his drag work to benefit The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual And Transgender Community Center Of Baltimore And Central Maryland (GLCCB) and works hand-to-hand with Cheer New York, an adult cheerleading team and certified 501(c)(3)non-profit organization which raises money for charities, including Immigration Equality, as this year's Cheer For Life Fund recipient. All of Andora’s dancers are Cheer New York volunteers.
Team Andora. Andora Te’tee aka Michael Collins (center) with dancers, Mike Vandermause (Cheer New York Athletic Director) and Miss Gay New York promoter, Thomas John (front). Photo by BjKj Illusions.

Andora’s first appearance in New York City as Miss Gay America will be this Saturday, October 13 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 fellow Miss Gay America 2018 contestant, Fifi DuBois. •

Andora Te'tee on Instagram (a must view!)
Andora Te'tee Q&A on MGAZINE, the Miss Gay America blog (just after winning Miss Gay New York America 2018)

The 3 following photos of Andora Te'tee are by Kiet Thai:




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Thursday, September 20, 2018

MISS GAY AMERICA Photographer Laura Dark Picks Her Top 10 Drag Photos, Chats with MGAZINE

All photographs by Laura Dark Photography LLC

Meet Laura Dark, the second of our women drag queen photographers to be profiled on the Miss Gay America blog, MGAZINE. We previously featured Carrie Strong. Another we hope to feature is Erika Wagner “The Drag Photographer," who shot the fab photos you've seen of Miss Gay Florida America Alexis Mateo.

Laura is best known for her dark portrait and beauty work which has been described as, “beautiful and creative to the max….the images are so realistic and haunting…it’s insane.” She is well known for her many publications, magazine covers, and her two years as Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor with the avant-garde fashion magazine, Dark Beauty.  Among others, she has been published in Gothic Beauty Magazine, Bizarre Magazine, and Auxiliary Magazine.

"Laura is an incredible artist with a unique eye for finding the most interesting shot!" say our reigning Miss Gay America Deva Station. "She does a lot of work in gothic photography which makes her the perfect person to capture drag make up and creativity.  Laura Dark Studios has so many props and costumes to make the experience one of a kind."

So, herewith, photographer Laura Dark answers 5 quick questions and shares her 10 favorite photographs. 

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

amNY.com: Miss Gay New York America shops to transform into a 'fashion icon' before competition

amNY.com just posted a great video feature on Miss Gay New York America 2018 Andora Tetee as she prepares to compete in the Miss Gay America pageant coming up in St. Louis, October 3-6. Read the story and watch the video here.

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