Miss GayDays Pageant

By : Alex Storer
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Sassy looks, sequin-covered dresses and shimmying hips dominated the stage at the Miss GayDays 2016 pageant on June 3. The pageant’s theme – “Marvel-ous” – encouraged contestants to impersonate female superheroes, and impersonate female superheroes they did. The queens embodied Rogue, Tigra, Captain Marvel and more.

After Imani Valentino’s heart-wrenching final performance as Miss Gay Days, Alexis Mateo of St. Petersburg was crowned the winner, with Rhiannon Todd being named first alternate and crowd favorite, a new category for the 2016 competition.

Mateo, who is originally from Puerto Rico, made it to the final three on the third season of RuPauls’ Drag Race and has been active in AIDS awareness and activism.

The pageant was hosted by ChiChi LaRue and Coco Montrese.

Photos by Sarah Schreck.

Read Watermark’s full coverage of Gay Days 2016 here.

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