Monday, January 27, 2014

January/February 2014 "Christa's Column" & MGMA Board Newsletter

Ladies and Gentlemen the theme for Miss Gay Missouri America 2014 has been chosen: "Reach for the Stars"!! 

I chose this theme for the final night because, I think that all of you are stars and have a special place in the heavens and in my heart. During the opening ceremony that evening, everyone will reflect the midnight sky. Former Miss Gay Missouri's will wear a Gold evening gown  and Contestants will wear Silver evening gowns! Jewelry, hair and accessories should match accordingly! I chose evening gowns because I want all of you to feel elegant and beautiful the same feelings I have when I am Christa Collins.   

I am so excited to announce the upcoming preliminaries including our newest: Miss Gay River City was held in Hannibal, Mo on Sunday January 26th 2014 at QPEX Church (515 Lyon St. in Hannibal. MO.) Two contestants battled it out for the crown in front of a capacity crowd. Congratulations to Adria Andrews, Miss River City 2014 and First Alternate Destiny Michelle on their way to Miss Gay Missouri.

MGM 2013 Christa Collins, Miss Gay River City 2014 Adria Andrews and First Alternate Destiny Michelle

On Saturday, February 1, 2014, Miss City of Columbia will be held in Columbia Mo. at the SOCO Nightclub. This is a closed prelim but please come out and support the contestants and the bar and watch a great pageant in action. It may spark your interest in the system.  

On  Sunday February 2, 2014 Miss Gay St. Louis will be held at Hamburger Mary's 3037 Olive in St. Louis, MO. The theme of this is evening is "Cell Block Tango" and it will honor the reigning Miss St. Louis, Kitty Litter.  

On Sunday February 23,2014 Miss Sprit of St. Louis will be held at Hamburger Mary's in St Louis and it will honor your reigning Miss St. Louis Adria Andrews.  

Saturday March 1, 2014, Miss Gay Southeast Missouri will be held in Poplar Bluff MO. There will be more information to come about this preliminary as well as, the return of Miss City of Fountains to be held in Kansas City Mo. A date will be forth coming as soon as possible. 

 There are also two benefits that I would like to inform you about as well. They are benefits to help support Miss Gay Missouri America. All proceeds go to making sure that we stay financially sound. The first one is on Saturday March 15,2014 in St. Joseph, Mo. at Headquarters and  there will a special Bingo Hosted my Melinda Ryder at Hamburger Mary's in Kansas City Mo. Both of these will be feature performances by former Miss Missouri's  and myself. 

I really hope that you come out and support these pageants as well as the upcoming benefits. As female impersonators, we are not only entertainers but we have a tremendous ability to be a beacon for and within the gay community. We are generally on the front lines when it comes to all social issues not only those that concern the gay community. We are hugely philanthropic and resourceful and willing to lend a hand to our neighbors, friends and family. If you were to ever ask me why I do pageants, this  would be my answer  because, I truly believe that the crown and the title of Miss Gay Missouri allow me to soar higher and to be better person. 
I'm going to continue to do the best job that I can do to make you proud of me, our Board of Directors and our state when representing Miss Missouri any where we are asked to be. 
I want to reach out to anyone who feels they have their best self to offer to come and be a part of this Sisterhood, this Legacy.  Come and join us at one of our upcoming preliminaries and see who will be the next Miss Gay Missouri America. If you have any questions about upcoming contests or benefits, please feel free to contact any member of the Board or me at or on my FaceBook page!

In closing I want to wish you all Love, Blessings and much Happiness!!
Miss Gay Missouri America 2013, 
Christa Collins 

P.S. To all Promoters and Contestants, please shore up your hotel reservations for your hotel accommodations during the week of MGMA. This information can be found on our website and FaceBook Page. 


I can't believe a year has almost passed, I can only think how Christa Collins must feel. What a wonderful experience and time she is having. Congrats on all her accomplishments and getting Missouri back on that pageant map!!

I'm very excited for the 41st MGMA pageant to see the talents, gowns, and fresh new faces to our system. I've been a part of MGMA as a contestant, a winner, a former - and now to sit on the board is something I never thought possible. I've spent 20 years with MGMA.

I can't believe all that goes into making and running MGMA; the time, preparation, not to mention the dedication of the promoters, and of the people on the MGMA board. We are very fortunate to have people in our community and system that care so strongly about the legacy of Miss Gay Missouri America to ensure that the pageant is run in a professional and prompt manner. And all while looking effortless... I know this year will be no exception.

It is turning out to be a great year as the state pageant approaches. Final touches are underway for the 41st Miss Gay Missouri Pageant. I encourage any entertainer out there, no matter when you have started or how long you have been entertaining, to get involved with in MGMA. It has a great history of some of the finest formers in female impersonation, not only in Missouri, but the nation.

I for one could not be more proud to be a part of a great legacy of sisterhood that is called Miss Gay Missouri America. I've won many titles and Miss Gay Missouri America remains to be one of my proudest moments in a dress. LOL!!

There are still many preparations, fundraisers, and preliminaries to happen before April.

Some of the prelims still available to qualify are:

Miss City of Columbia is this Saturday, Feb. 1, held at SoCo in Columbia, Mo.

Miss St. Louis is this Sunday, Feb 2, at Hamburger Mary's St. Louis

Miss Southeast is Saturday, March 1 in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

Miss Spirit of St. Louis, Mo (to be announced)

Some great and fun fundraisers are come up as well.

Monday, March 3rd at the Bastille in St. Louis, Mo.

Saturday, March 15th St. Joe, Mo Benefit Show

Bingo with Melinda Ryder at Hamburger Mary's in Kansas City, Mo (to be announced)

It promises to be a great pageant and I for one cannot wait. April will be here before we know it and I hope with warm weather too. *fingers crossed*

So good luck to the promoters, contestants, formers, and Christa Collins. Here comes Miss Gay Missouri America, are you ready??

Thanks for your time, my time, and until the next time...So long!!   

Randy Bryant/Krista Versace, MGM1997      

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