Friday, April 26, 2019
Above: Miss Gay America 2019 Andora Te'tee at Miss Gay Maryland America at Baltimore's Horseshoe Casino on April 13.
A big thank you to photographer Kyle Andercyk and Kaitlin Newman at the Baltimore Sun's "The Darkroom" for the terrific gallery of images from Miss Gay Maryland America 2019!
Chasity Vain of Hagerstown Crowned Miss Gay Maryland America 2019 and Onyx D. Pearl of Baltimore won First Alternate. More photos and video on the MGA blog MGAZINE here.
See the full slideshow at on the Baltimore Sun's "The Darkroom."
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Monday, April 15, 2019
Chasity Vain of Hagerstown Crowned Miss Gay Maryland America 2019, Onyx D. Pearl of Baltimore wins First Alternate
This past Saturday night (April 13), if you love drag and live in Maryland, you were very likely to be found cheering on your favorite queen at the annual Miss Gay Maryland America pageant at the Horseshoe Casino.
Miss Gay Maryland America is one of over one hundred city, state and regional preliminary Miss Gay America pageants across the country leading up to 48th annual Miss Gay America Pageant in St. Louis this October.
Established in Nashville in 1972, The Miss Gay America Pageant is the world’s first, longest running and most prestigious female impersonator (aka drag) competition.
Miss Gay Maryland America was a limited regional preliminary, meaning only contestants from Maryland and DC and states that border Maryland could enter.
The winner and new Miss Gay Maryland America 2019 is Chasity Vain of Hagerstown, MD. Onyx D. Pearl of Baltimore was named First Alternate to Miss Gay Maryland America 2019. Both will go on to compete with nearly 50 other female impersonators from across the U.S. for the Miss Gay America 2020 crown this October in St. Louis.
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Miss Gay New York America 2019 Truly Fabu. Photo by Jeff Weller.
The Miss Gay America preliminary season officially kicked off on March 19 at The Copacabana in New York City's Times Square. The night was hosted by Catia Lee Love and Personna Shoulders. Andora Tetee our reigning Miss Gay America–who won the Miss Gay New York America crown last March)–presided over the pageant.
It was a night of high flying, high kicking drama as contestants Aria B. Cassadine, Dextaci, Dominique St. James, Fifi DuBois, and Pattaya Hart competed for the Miss Gay New York America 2019 title. All gave stellar, eye–and potentially joint-popping–performances to a packed and appreciatively screaming house. One felt sorry for the judges.
Celebrities in the audience included Miss Continental 2018 Stasha Sanchez of Atlanta, Miss USofA 2018 Janet-Fierce Andrews of Texas, Entertainer of the Year 2018 Danielle Hunter of St. Louis and Miss Gay America 1990 Brandy Alexander aka Randy Fenoli of "Say Yes to the Dress" TV (TLC) fame, of New York City.
In the end, it was Truly Fabu, a born and raised New Yorker now living in Baltimore who earned the crown and opportunity to compete in the Miss Gay America nationals this October in St. Louis. Pattaya Hart won First Alternate to Miss Gay New York America 2019 and will also compete at Miss Gay America. FYI, though now a New Yorker, Andora is a former Miss Gay Maryland America (2006) who moved to New York from Baltimore in 2007.
Below, we introduce you to Miss Gay New York America 2019 Truly Fabu, but first, we wanted to know how she chose her drag name.
“'Truly Fabu' came to me in two parts," she says. "'Truly' came from the movie "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang." That movie had two things I love: musical numbers and cars. Truly Scrumptious is the lead female character, and I always thought it was an interesting and pretty name. “Fabu” is a word my friend and I used back in the day. It’s just short for fabulous. I thought "Truly Fabu" had a fun and whimsical quality to it, and that was it."
Now, meet Miss Gay New York America 2019 Truly Fabu.
The moment Truly Fabu was announced as Miss Gay New York America 2019. Photo by Jeff Weller.
Like a lot of performers, the first time I did drag was on Halloween. I was in college in Tucson Arizona, and went out to a bar called IBT’s where Lucinda Holliday (of Made for a Queen jewelry) was the show director. She asked me if I wanted to do the guest spot in a show, and I accepted. I was so nervous, and practiced a lot. All of my friends came out to support me, and before I was called onto the stage, my knees were shaking. The music started and I came out from behind the curtain to Debbie Gibson’s “Don’t You want Me Now.” As soon as I got on the stage and was hit by the spotlight, all my nerves were gone and a performer was born. To this day I still get nervous before going on stage.
Check out the gorgeousness of Miss Gay America 2019 Andora Te'tee in these two new photos by photographer Kiet Thai. Just more proof that when it comes to reigning, this queen rules!
Go to Instagram to see more photos of Andora @andora_official in a variety of stunning lewks and more work by Kiet Thai @studiokiet.
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