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: