“Live in the moment and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering!” It’s going to be 2 months since I was crowned Miss Gay Arizona America 2013 and I am enjoying every second of it. The night I was crowned, July 21 2013, someone told me “your reign will be what you make of it”. So I have done just that, enjoying every second and making as many memories that I can so when it’s all over I can look back and remember all the moments that made it so special.
This is my first official newsletter since being crowned Miss Gay Arizona America 2013 and it has been an amazing rollercoaster of emotions. I am so blessed to see and feel the respect that our community has for their Miss Gay Arizona America. The love, support and respect I have received since my crowning has been overwhelming. The chats with my new Miss Gay Arizona America sisters have been nothing but encouraging. The meetings with promoters and my boss man Daniel Eckstrom have made me more anxious to start the 2014 Miss Gay Arizona pageant season. It’s going to be an amazing year!
To be Miss Gay Arizona America was my dream for so many reasons. I wanted to be have the most prestigious title in Arizona. I wanted my name to be up there alongside Devina Ross, Pussy Lehoot, Lucinda Holiday, Kenneth Blake, Barbra Seville, Phaedra, Angela Dodd, Chane Jordan, Bunny Fufu, Tori Steele, Amanda Bury, Mikaila Kay, Mya Mckenzie, Sache Van Cartier, TC Taylor, Celebrity Starr, Celia Putty, Di Va, (just to name a few). I knew that it didn’t matter how long it would take, I would be up there one day. But my most important reason is that I wanted to use my title, my crown, my reign to share my story with everyone.
As an entertainer, everyone is used to seeing the big hair, the eyelashes, the sequin, the rhinestones and everything else that makes us shine on stage. But I want everyone to know that behind the makeup there is a human being that like many others has overcome some dark obstacles that has molded me to be the person I am today. Through my reign as Miss Gay Arizona, I want to share with everyone my story of sexual abuse, bullying, Religion and Homosexuality, Depression, Bulimia, Family acceptance and other events and situations I have overcome.
The night I was crowned, I knew exactly what I wanted to share with everyone during my year as Miss Gay Arizona America. I felt it in my heart that this was the right thing to do. I know that by sharing my stories, I will be able to help, encourage and inspire. Growing up I always wished that I could meet someone that was going through the same events I was going through. I wanted to meet that someone that would also cry at night. I wanted to know that I wasn’t the only person suffering. So I have taken the responsibility to share with everyone events that are painful, knowing that someone out there will understand and know that everything in life has a purpose.
In conclusion, thank you to everyone that has made these two month so memorable. Big shout out to all the people in Tucson that gave me an amazing welcome. Thank you to Diva and Janee Starr for having me as part of your cast. Thank you to Scott Blades and Turnabout for Tihan 2013 for allowing me to make my first big appearance in Tucson. Thank you to the Phoenix show hostess, Barbra Seville, Celia Putty, Nevaeh McKenzie, Coco St. James, Richard Van Stone, my drag mother Susana Martell for inviting me to shine on their stage. I am forever grateful.
Thank you Arizona for loving me and trusting me to represent you.
I promise you I will work hard to never let you down.
Miss Gay Arizona America 2013
From the Journal of Miss Gay Arizona America 2015, Nevaeh McKenzie