November is here and so is the anticipation of the upcoming Miss Arizona America season......We kick it off with MISS TUCSON!!!! It's a bittersweet beginning to the season, I had always pictured myself preparing a new competition package and filling out the packets as complete as possible. But now, I sit back and prepare in a completely different manner. I look back and see how I spent my time so far as Miss Arizona and I'm blessed to have been a part of so much around the community. Recently I was a part of The All Souls Procession (Day Of The Dead), and I was there for one purpose. I wanted the Arizona GLBT community to be represented and I wanted to walk for those people in our community who had passed away. Dia De Los Muertos was originated in Mexico dating back hundreds of years to an Aztec Festival dedicated to an Aztec Goddess. It was celebrated to pray for and remember friends and family members that had passed away. Traditionally, there are prayers that are written on peices of paper or messages to loved ones that are placed in an urn that is set on fire. The smoke carries these messages to the heavens. This was such an amazing night and I was so happy to be a part of it. It was so emotional and fulfilling.
Lately my inbox has been flooded by questions of whether or not to run for Miss Arizona and questions about my journey. I was flattered, but it took some time for me to gather words on many of the messages. So I decided to answer those questions now. Here it is : No one can define your journey to the crown. No one can label your persistance and need to be Miss Arizona. It's something inside of you. Something that sceams to be released and something that can not be hidden. If this crown means what it has meant to all of the formers and myself, your heart will no doubt make the best decision. If Miss Arizona means little or nothing to you. Or you feel it's "just a crown", don't bother. It may seem harsh, but I truly believe each former would agree when I say, This is something that is more than a title. It symbolizes the excellence in our community. It places you on top of a community that is strong in tradition and acceptance. It's a crown that deserves to stay in the face of that community. It also deserves to be held by those who respect it's past and those who look to advance it's future. If you feel as though this is something your image can represent and if you feel this is something you hunger for.......I'll see you at the finish line. Stay true to who you are...."Chin up, Shoulders back, Now go show em' why you're here" (-My Mom)
As the date for the first prelim nears, I'm compelled to take some time and reflect on the reign so far and the amazing support from each of the shows across Arizona. As well as the AMAZING promoters that will be planning and executing the prelims for Miss Arizona America. First up, Miss Tucson America! Tori and Vivika have been working so hard to bring an amazing pageant. Can't wait to see you all out and about! Here are the current confirmed dates!
Miss Gay Arizona America 2013 Preliminaries...
Miss Gay Tucson America - Tori Steele and Vivika D'Angelo
Sunday, December 2, 2012 at New Moon Tucson
Miss Gay Copper City America - Joey Saputo (Big Booty Judy)
Sunday, January 20, 2013 at The Rock Phoenix
Miss Gay Cosmopolitan America- Daniel Eckstrom
Sunday, February 16, 2013
Miss Gay Queen of the Desert America - Joey Saputo (Big Booty Judy)
Sunday, March 24, 2013
If you want to be a part any of these amazing prelims, Message the promoters, Daniel William Eckstrom or me! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out!
Well this concludes this months addition to my diary, I can't wait to see everyone out and about! MUAH! Lots of love!
Miss Gay Arizona America 2012
From the Journal of Miss Gay Arizona America 2015, Nevaeh McKenzie