“Every day is a fashion show and the world is the runway”
September is a special month because that means we are about to be blessed with the fabled September issue of Vogue magazine. This year is extremely special as it marks the 125th anniversary of Vogue. This magazine is truly what dreams are made of! I’ve always been inspired by fashion and the hustle and bustle of New York Fashion Week moves my spirit in an indescribable way. So, without further ado, I’d like to officially invite you to attend “On the Kattwalk” at Miss Gay Missouri America Fashion Week 2018. We’ll be meeting in St. Louis, Missouri from March 22-24, 2018 to view some of the best and brightest stars strut their stuff on our runway. There are sure to be some “make it work” moments but one illusionist shall prevail and become the next Miss Gay Missouri America!
Looking forward to August, I planned for the month to be somewhat of a staycation. I wanted time with friends and to rekindle my love of the wonderful art of female impersonation. I know that with Miss Gay America just around the corner that September will be filled with lots of hard, yet rewarding, work. Thank you to everyone who shared a laugh, snapped a photo, or created a memory with me over the past few weeks. Your support means the world to me and I feel balanced, renewed, emotionally centered, and ready to present my best self on the Miss Gay America stage next month.
One of the things that I love about what we do is the camaraderie and joy that can be felt backstage during our shows. I know that we always joke about the real show happening backstage but if you’ve ever had the chance to be backstage during a show then you know exactly what we mean. I was invited to Columbia, Missouri to perform in a show hosted and organized by Amanda Lay and starring some of central Missouri’s stars. Each of these entertainers gave up their Friday evening to perform at Yin Yang Nightclub and donate all of their tips toward my trip to Miss Gay America. Some of these ladies volunteered to perform before we even had the chance to meet. To Amanda Lay, D’Manda Respect, Madora Khaos, Zoey Adams, Musica Malone, Ciara, and Veronika Versace: Thank you for the time and energy you put into making this show a success. Thank you for being on this journey with me. I cannot wait to return to Columbia and see each of you again!
I’m given a lovely opportunity to perform in Crystal City, Missouri every Sunday night at a hopping little venue called Rumor’s on Ice. Thank you to Dave, Curtis, and Greg for giving Trixie LaRue, Sable Sinclair, Melissa Marnier, and me a place to call home and let our hair down, or in the case of our recent Back to the 80’s show, to tease and spritz our hair a little bit higher.
“Create your own style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.”
August brought a special moment for me this year when I was able to host two amazing special guests at Rumor’s on Ice while my fellow housewives hit the river for a float trip. Two forever Miss Gay Missouri America’s, Tumara Mahorning and Ali Kat, joined our show for the evening. Tumara was one of the first performers I met in the upstairs show lounge at Magnolia’s and this was the first time she and I have performed together in nearly ten years. A funny fact: This was the very first show that Ali and I have ever performed in together! Due to both of our cross-country moves at different times, our paths have just never intersected. I’m so glad that we’ve finally had the chance to work together.
“I am a fashion person, and fashion is not only about clothes. It’s about all kinds of change.”
There are a couple of special events happening in September that I’d like to invite you to. On Saturday, September 23, I will be teaming up with Ali Kat and MaKena Knight at Bar:PM for an afternoon of Broadway showtunes and silliness. Then, the following Friday, September 29, Trixie LaRue, Melissa Marnier, and myself will be getting together for a special episode of The Real Desperate Housewives of Crystal City at Rumor’s on Ice. I hope you’ll be able to join us for some fun!
Miss Continental is happening Labor Day weekend in Chicago, Illinois, so I’d like to take a quick moment to send some positive energy toward Miss Missouri Continental, Moltyn Decadence, and 1st Alternate, MaKena Knight. Both of these ladies bring unique skills to the stage and I have a really good feeling that they’ll represent us extremely well. Take a couple of minutes to reach out to them via your favorite social media platform and send your love!
Lastly, I’ve got to send a shout out to one of my new friends, Jenn Davis, Miss Missouri 2017, as she heads off to compete for Miss America. She and I have forged a strong relationship founded on SnapChat, gummi bears, and late-night cravings. I wish her all the joy and luck as she revels in this life-changing experience! Jenn has been in Atlantic City partaking in rehearsals and such since the end of August but be sure to tune in on September 10 and cheer for her.
“I always find beauty in things that are odd and imperfect – they are much more interesting.”
In closing, I’d like to share a lyric from my favorite Broadway musical, Kinky Boots.
“Just be who you want to be. Never let them tell you who you ought to be.”
- Cyndi Lauper
Here’s what lies ahead of us in the next few weeks!
Miss Gay Kansas City America
“Welcome to Neverland”
September 16, 2017 The Arts Asylum
Promoters: L’Oreal, Matt DeFreece, Grover, Vermillion, and Bennie Hardiman
Miss Gay Metropolitan America
“Back to School”
September 30, 2017 Grey Fox Pub
Promoter: Adria Andrews
Miss Gay Northwest America
“Something Wicked This Way Comes”
October 14, 2017 Shaft Nightclub
Promoters: Patrick Hall and Dustin Matthews