Wednesday, October 30, 2013

October/November 2013 - Christa's Column and MGMA Board Newsletters

CONGRATULATIONS to Jessica Jade our newly crowned MISS AMERICA!! Miss Gay America was held October 9-12 in St.Louis, Mo. It was an absolutely eye opening week. I am so grateful for the opportunity to grow and learn and interact with all of the contestants.  I must say that I also am so very  proud of all of our Missouri girls:  Adria Andrews and Jade Sinclair  (Both of which made the Top 10); Vicki Valentino, Trixie LaRue, Diva Coppafeel, Nadia M. Louis, and Moltyn Decadance (who stepped in with two weeks notice to be the Representative for California.) I got to meet many formers and legends of the system. I got to ask questions and gain knowledge from so many people including  contestants very knowledgeable of the system and the art form of female impersonation. Divas like Kofi, Chantel  RaShae, Truly Fabu, and several others.Thank you for sharing your gifts with me and the audience.

The Miss Gay America 2014 Top 5 Finalist (from left to right)- 4th alternate-Truly Fabu, Kofi-Miss Gay South, Miss Gay America 2014 Jessica Jade, 1st alternate-Blair Williams, 2nd alternate-Christa Collins

I had such an amazing time performing in all of the categories and I know that some day soon that my working knowledge of the administrative duties will make my dream of being Miss America, a reality. My placing Second Alternate my first year there gave me a taste of all of the possibilities that  lay before me and with proper preparation and planning what is completely in reach.

Thank you to all of my sponsors, family, and friends for all of their support, financially, and emotionally during this pageant season. And for all of the love and kind words given not only during this time but every single day of my life. Without you this dream of being Miss America wouldn't be possible.

The Board also deserves a huge round of applause for all of their time, patience and caring. Words of advice and the support that is within this family are not taken for granted and I do realize how blessed and lucky I am to have them in my life. and along this journey with me.

 To Sally Sparkles, Thank you for an amazing year of service and I look forward to some day being your sister!!
Heidi Banks - Miss Gay Kansas City

Missouri has also had a busy pageant season.  In September,a new Miss Kansas City was crowned. Congratulations to Miss Heidi Banks your new Miss Kansas City and the First Alternate is the talented and charming Miss Kyla Breeze. Also in October the Miss Gay Springfield pageant became an open pageant and crowned Miss Valari Knyte from Kansas City the new Miss Springfield and her lovely First Alternate is Miss Taylor Madison Monroe. CONGRATULATIONS !!!!!!! to all of you on your entry to Miss Missouri. I look forward to seeing what you are all preparing for April. I can't wait to see all of these talented ladies joining Miss Diva Coppafeel and Monique Heart, in St.Louis.
Valari Knyte - Miss Gay Springfield

 A special Thank you go out to Vince Edwards and Autumn Holliday, the promoters for Miss Gay Springfield America for making my visit there smooth and amazingly calm. Cheers to you!

We have two more preliminaries scheduled after the first of the year. Miss City of Columbia, which is a closed pageant, will take place on at SoCo Club on February 1, 2014. For more information contact Jeff Thompson (Atheena Voce') or myself  for more details regarding Miss Columbia. Also Miss Spirit of St.Louis  will be held in St.Louis on February 23, 2014 at Hamburger Mary's St. Louis. For any information regarding this pageant contact Colin Murphy of Vital VOICE or myself

If you are looking to join this Fabulous Sisterhood filled with a it's rich legacy, grab your best gown, brush up on your interview skills and polish up your talents. One of these prelims may be your entrance for ticket to Miss Gay Missouri America 2013!!

Miss Gay Missouri America 2013,
Christa Collins 


As I sit  and try to write  this  newsletter  I am filled  with so many emotions. When we  took over  Miss Gay Missouri America we  wanted  a great  contest  and  great  contestants. In the past,  we  have produced  award wining production numbers and received numerous promoter of the year awards. Indeed, MGMA is very proud of its past. Well  this  year,  both happened . We received  Best Commemorative Program and  Best Opening  Production   presented to us  by Sally Sparkles final night at Miss Gay America 2014.  What  an  honor  and thank you to everyone  who made both our program and opening number a reality  to receive the recognition they deserved. Hard  work pays  off! 

Sally told me on final night  after  we  received  the  award that once  she  saw all of the  formers  on stage and the  MGMA sisterhood that took place  she knew then it  would  be  hard  for another pageant to match that. Our beautiful program came from formers  selling  ads and  getting them in early so the book could be put together in a timely manner. It showed that time was taken this  year, and all of the participation in the  opening  and being together for the  common  goal of making MGMA the  best  paid  off.  So this  year lets  do it  again!

We could not be prouder of our two MGMA representatives making Top 10 at Miss Gay America 2014. First Alternate  Adria Andrews breezed into a  top 10 slot and  placed 6th. She was amazing and a joy to watch.  Miss Gay Missouri 2013  Christa Collins , soared into Top 10,  won best  all over  score in Solo Talent and secured  a placement of 2nd alternate  to  MGA. It was  a great  week  of  competition these two contestants represented  MGMA in stellar fashion. The MGMA Alumni is so proud of  both of  you. It was  a tough  contest  and you both showed  what the  Show  Me  State  had to offer.  You both  had  a strategy , a plan and  a formula and it  was  obvious,  and  paid  off big time. Congratulations  to Jessica  Jade  on her  win  she will indeed  be  a  great Miss Gay America and we will see  her in April  at MGMA.

I have  had the  great honor to be  at  all preliminaries to MGMA 2014 thus far  and  what  a great group  we  have  evolving  to compete. More  prelims  coming up and  I encourage  anyone  wanting to be  MGMA to get  a  package together  and  enter a prelim  and  bring it.

Miss Gay Missouri America was put back on the map at this year's national contest. Let's work to  keep  us  there!  Here  are  a list  of  upcoming prelims  that  have  dates  booked..... and  of course  any questions  you can find us  on Facebook or  our  website.

Don’t forget we have several preliminaries already scheduled:

Miss City-of-Columbia, Sat Feb 1stclosed preliminary          

Miss Spirit of StL, Feb 23rd—open preliminary

Daniel Flier/Vanessa Vincent, MGM1982

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