Beauty pageant contestants often talk about how they want to make big changes in the world - but the newly crowned Miss Missouri is actually making it happen. Erin O'Flaherty, 23, is the first openly gay Miss Missouri - which also makes her the first openly lesbian Miss America candidate in the pageant's year history. I don't know that I intended to be the first gay winnerbut I am.
The Miss America pageant has never been a progressive event, but init sparked a feminist revolution. As women organized the first protest against Miss America, they were responding not only to the pageant and its antiquated, misogynistic attitudes toward women and beauty, but also to how the United States, as a whole, treated women. Like so many things, the Miss America pageant began as a marketing scheme.
Miss Gay America is a national pageant for female impersonators. Established inthe pageant is based on the Miss America contest and follows a similar format. Each year, contestants compete at various city, state, and direct regional preliminaries for the opportunity to advance to the official Miss Gay America pageant.
Drag pageantry is a highly developed form of pageantry for female impersonators and trans womenstyled after traditional beauty pageants or beauty contests for cisgender women. In more recent years, it has also evolved into a highly developed form of pageantry for male impersonators and trans menmodeled in the same style and spirit as female-centered pageantry see above. National drag pageants became enmeshed within the gay community during the s with a national circuit of pageants organized by Flawless Sabrina and have become increasingly prevalent since. Drag pageants evolved independently, in the decade subsequent to the first gay Mardi Gras coronations.
She hopes to add to that milestone on September 11, by taking home the crown. Just before my interview on CNN, I paused to capture this moment. Since my crowning, I've received national attention with reactions to my presence that have ranged from vicious and hateful to supportive and joyous.
Miss America Organization. At first, pageant hopefuls were called "bathing beauties. Along the way, pageant rules became more stringent and exclusive, were repealed, rolled back and instituted again.
CNN Smiling as she sits in a float at St. Louis' annual pride parade, Erin O'Flaherty gleams with a crown atop her head, a prize she clinched after being crowned Miss Missouri last month. For the latest from the CNN Newsroom click here.
Louis this week to compete in the Miss Gay America pageant. Hundreds of people packed Hamburger Mary's Wednesday Oct. Miss Gay Missouri "Vega" is one of 37 contestants in the competition.
Miss America is leaving Atlantic City for the second time, trading one casino town for another in a move that caps a whirlwind of AP — The first runner-up in last year's Miss Kentucky pageant is now wearing the crown. Amber Hulse is a year-old student at South Dakota State University where she is studying political