Fashion Category (Evening Gown)
Evening gowns may be of any color or style. They must, however, be full length. The gown must fit well, the contestant must model it elegantly, and all of the elements (hair, make-up, accessories, shoes, and gown) must come together for an overall look that makes the contestant look her very best.
The Miss Gay USofA Fashion competition has traditionally rewarded contestants who bring a unique combination of evening gown, hair, make-up, accessories, modeling, and poise to the stage. That has not changed . The USofA System has often rewarded gowns that include lots of rhinestones, beading, etc., as well as hair and accessories that may be described as " high drag ". These are still appropriate for Fashion Competition in the Miss Gay USofA (at Large, Classic, & Newcomer) Pageants. While couture gowns are also appropriate for the USofA Fashion category, this is not creative evening wear competition, and gowns that are costumes should be avoided.
We also discourage gowns that are so heavily embellished that the contestant cannot model them elegantly. Also, judges are asked to educate themselves about current fashion, and contestants should be aware that a gown, though beautiful, may be outdated and therefore not score as well as it might otherwise.
Further, a gown with few or even no embellishments (stones, etc.) can score just as well as a fully embellished gown if the overall look (make-up, hair, accessories, shoes, poise, fit, modeling) make the contestant look her very best.Interview Category
Each contestant will be interviewed individually by the judging panel. The purpose of the Personal Interview in the USofA system is to allow the judges some insight into the character of each contestant. During the interview, the judges are also afforded the opportunity to evaluate each contestant's basic qualities, such as intelligence, ability to communicate, attitude, composure, etc. The judges may also gather information about a contestant's professional or personal life.
The basic nature of the interview is intended to be casual and relaxed. The suggested attire for the interview is casual day wear, male or female; however, each contestant should select clothing in which he feels at ease. You should dress as you would for a professional job interview. Your interview will be held at the hotel; the actual room will be announced during registration.Talent Category
Talent may be any type of entertainment presentation as long as it does not create any danger or injury to either the contestant or anyone else. No animals or reptiles may be used in your talent presentation. You may not use fire, water or glitter in your talent presentation Talent presentation is limited to seven (7) minutes in length. Prop setup and tear down time is limited to 5 minutes total. There is no restriction on the number of people who may be involved in the presentation.