Happy New Year Everyone,
I hope everyone is staying warm during what has been a season lacking cold fronts! While we are knee deep climbing our way out of holiday cheer I wanted to take a moment to tell you about our recent preliminary and highlight the preliminaries that we have yet to come.
Miss Gay Springfield took place on November 7th, and to truly capture the legacy held behind this prestigious title we also had a review show the evening before. I travelled to Springfield on Friday afternoon where I was surprised to find a welcome basket in my room that was put together by the promoters, Autumn Holiday and Vince Edwards. Such a lovely treat! After unpacking and getting everything neatly organized for the 2 day event, I took a trip with some Kansas City peeps that were also there for the event to the local shopping area. What’s a trip to another city without a quick exploration of the local Ulta Beauty, Shoe Carnival, and Target?! To our surprise, the stores have the EXACT same things we had in Kansas City… Whodathunk?!
That evening was a hoot performing with Autumn Holiday and all the formers. Sharing the backstage environment is always an experience when you don’t know what all personalities will be joining you during the show. A word to the wise: if it looks like a can of hair spray, smells like a can of hair spray, and SPRAYS like a can of hair spray… DOUBLE CHECK it! It could wind up being spray adhesive that leads to your own demise. J It was a blast performing with these individuals, and that one wig will never be the same.
The next day began with Registration where we had 4 individuals show up in an attempt to capture the title of Miss Gay Springfield. It was inspiring to sit in on the Male Interviews of these 4 gentlemen as they all had something unique and different to offer to the title, and they did a tremendous job of showcasing their brand to the judges. But at the end of the night there could only be one, and Karma T. Cassidy was victorious in capturing the title with Priscilla placing as her first alternate. Congratulations to both of these entertainers, as they are now qualified to compete at the state competition in April which is swiftly approaching.
This brings us to an even 10 contestants already qualified to compete at this year’s state competition, which will be held in Kansas City on April 7th, 8th, and 9th at the Arts Asylum. There are 8 more tickets to claim with 4 more preliminaries quickly on our radar:
Saturday, January 16th – Miss Gay Heart of Missouri
Theme – Do Ask Do Tell; honoring the reigning Destiny Michelle
Location – Columbia, MO at Yin Yang Nightclub
Promoted by Amanda Lay
Saturday, February 6th – Miss Gay Kansas City, Missouri
Theme – TBD; honoring the reigning Moltyn Decadence
Location – Kansas City, MO, at Missie B’s
Promoted by Jeff Hickman (L’oreal) and Sam Vermillion (Valari Knyte)
Saturday, March 5th – Miss Gay Northwest, Missouri
Theme – Grace and Glamour; honoring the reigning L’oreal
Location – Saint Joseph, MO, venue TBD
Promoted by Dustin Mathews and Patrick Hall
Saturday, March 12th – Miss Spirit of Saint Louis, Missouri
Theme – A Night in Olympus - Goddesses; honoring the reigning Ciera St. James Monet
Location – Saint Louis, MO, at The Grey Fox
Promoted by Orlando Burton
I hope everyone stayed safe during their travels and took some extra time to capture those special moments with your loved ones!
Here’s to 2016,
FROM THE ALUMNI:
Happy New Year! We hope this finds each of you refreshed from the holiday season. 2016 brings a new year, and with it opportunities to build a fresh start! This chapter of life has 365 pages. How will yours unfold?
Miss Gay Missouri America 2016 is rapidly approaching. Recently members of the board met to go over decorations for the venue and musical selections for the opening and gown. Kyla has chosen an awesome theme, and we are excited to share this with each of you.
Recently we announced a contest to select a new Miss Gay Missouri America symbol / logo. We were very pleased with the numerous submissions, and we are in the process of reviewing them. Watch for the new image to be debuted soon!
In closing, we would like to again thank each of you for the support of our system. We look forward to seeing you not only at the upcoming preliminaries, but also at Miss Gay Missouri America in April!