WOW! It has been an incredible two months since achieving the coveted position of Miss Gay North Carolina America. It is still surreal having my name associated with such an incredible title. Besides pinching myself every now and then, I've realized that being Miss Gay North Carolina America isn't a feeling it is an opportunity for action. I think often times we imagine what something feels like and neglect what it means to just BE. Now that I've accepted this reality, it's time to get to work!
The remainder of August, after being crowned, was very busy. The following weekend after the pageant I had the privilege of performing in the incredible brunch presented by The Crape Myrtle Festival. Crape Myrtle has always been a part of my career, their brunch show was the first I'd ever attended 5 years ago and I have been fortunate to perform for this great cause ever since then. It meant a lot to be involved in this event as Miss Gay North Carolina America working alongside Forever MGNCA's, Vivian Vaughn, Kelly Ray Shelton, Jamie Monroe and lifelong friend and former Miss Gay Greenville America, Ebony Summers. Another highlight to this day was having my mother in the audience. I'm very blessed to have an accepting and supportive mother and this was her first experience watching me perform in person. She enjoyed every moment and still brings up my interesting costume choices. In addition to working for a locally owned athletic company during the week, I work every Friday and Saturday as a house cast member at Legends Nightclub Complex. The support from my coworkers and the management has been overwhelming and completely humbling. I learn something new every time I work with this talented show cast. Working regularly really helps push your artistry, forcing you to come up and new and exciting ways to perform things you normally wouldn't. I've learned a lot about myself and the art of female impersonation over the past few months and am excited to explore it more.
This brings us to September, the month of celebrity, inspiration & PRIDE! In between preparations for Miss Gay America in October and finding time to have a decent sleep schedule, I met a lot of different people. I was featured in a Miss Gay America Review Show featuring Forever MGA's Asia T. O'Hara, Kirby Kolby, Coti Collins, Blair Williams & Forever MGNCA Kelly Ray Shelton. Sisterhood was the theme for the evening and the energy was undeniable. In light of our great state being in the news for a very controversial bill, it has given an incredible woman a chance to speak out. My dear friend Candis Cox has been at the forefront of making a difference and being the voice for so many of our LGBT brothers and sisters. One event I got to share with Candis was when she introduced musicians Joan Jett, Heart and Cheap Trick! I shared this experience with Brian French, Candis and her parents and was honored to do so. ! Being on stage with the musicians and Candis standing speaking to thousands of people will be something I will never forget. The last event before my walk in Memphis was North Carolina Pride! North Carolina pulled out the stops to make this year’s Pride a hit! There were events all across the state that offered something for everyone. In my pride filled weekend, I got to work with Vivica Fox, Carson Cressley & Jai Rodríguez to name a few!
This brings us to the final moments before Miss Gay America in Memphis, TN! I have been incredibly touched by the amount of support I've received in my journey to Miss Gay America! From the benefit shows to the sponsorships I was ready for the experience and humbled by the kindness! Getting to share those moments with my sisters, Kimora Lee Matthews, Paris Nicole Brook and Kelly Ray Shelton was a treat in itself! #carolinagirlsrock. This year was definitely a year of change for Miss Gay America! The new owners Michael Dutzer & Robert Mansman have breathed new life into the system and I'm thrilled for the changes being made. It takes an amazing team to bring about change while still maintaining the excellence that is Miss Gay America. With the help of Asia T. O'Hara and our Newley Crowned Miss Gay America Suzy Wong the future of the system is brighter than ever!
All in all, the past few months have been nothing short of amazing. I look forward to sharing more moments with you as I take you along on my journey! Special Thank you to Legends Nightclub, Crave Nightclub, Marsha McLawhorn, Pardon Moi French, Brooks Entertainment, Candis Cox, Dana St James, Amaya, Chante Cassidy, Ethan T Evans, My Boys ( Joshua Wess & Bradley La Gois) Forever MGA's & Forever MGNCA's.
Love and Lashes,
Miss Gay NC America 2016
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