This month we are featuring Bunny FuFu, Miss Gay Arizona America 2004. This year we are celebrating Bunny’s 10th anniversary. She started performing in August of 1996 and during that time has created quite a fan base of friends as she has traveled to various shows in the State of Arizona and around the country. Over the years, Bunny has also supported many local Tucson organizations including: Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF), Tucson Pride Incorporated (TPI), and Tucson’s Interfaith HIV & AIDS Network (TIHAN). In 2004, Bunny was crowned Miss Gay Arizona America and since then has played important roles in the system such as judging, promoting, emceeing and being a big sister.
Let's take a trip down the Bunny Trail...
How many years did you compete for the title of Miss Gay Arizona America?
3 times... 3rd time's a charm!
When you won Miss Gay Arizona America, what did you do for talent? What color did you wear for gown?
I did Madonna's Hanky Panky. Yes, I even stole the choreography! I wore a cream embroidered lace gown with about 24,000 crystal rhinestones glued to it! My favorite category was... ALL but On Stage Question! I ALWAYS BOMB On Stage Question!
Tell me what you were thinking on stage prior to being announced as Miss Gay Arizona America.
I was thinking, "WHAT? Tie breaker? Another On Stage Question? Andrew Raymer and Celebrity Starr? Is this for winner and 1st Alternate? Did I place 2nd alternate?
Throughout your reign, who influenced you the most? Who was your greatest support?
Barbra Seville! We were not the "best of friends" then and I was DETERMINED to break the barrier between us and call her a FRIEND by the end of my reign... and I did! My best supporter was my partner Albert! It takes a strong person to share your partner with the Miss Gay Arizona America crown and he was there for me every step along the way! He still is!
My defining moment was when I saw my name and photo on the cover of the Observer newspaper in Tucson and the article read, "Bunny Fu Fu wins Arizona"
How has being Miss Gay Arizona America shaped your entertaining career?
Being Miss Gay Arizona America opened many doors of opportunity for me. It confirmed my position in the Arizona Gay Community as a leader, a mentor and a friend! My title enabled me opportunities beyond Arizona and granted me the ability to work in clubs all over the country, even to this day and I am forever grateful for that!
What is the best thing about being a former?
The "Sisterhood" and being part of the Miss Gay Arizona America Legacy! I LOVE being introduced to stage as "Former Miss Gay Arizona, Bunny Fu Fu"! Returning to Miss Gay Arizona America each year is something I ALWAYS look forward to and plan for months in advance! I truly enjoy sharing the dressing room with all of my Miss Gay Arizona America Sisters and then standing on the stage with them! It's an incredible feeling!
What advice would you give the 10 contestants competing to become Miss Gay Arizona America?
Live for the moment and take it all in! Stay focused on YOU and give it your all! Stay humble and remember, you don't have to be a Bitch to be a Queen!
What has having the title of Miss Gay Arizona America meant to you?
Being Miss Gay Arizona America means that a lot of hard work and determination really pays off! Being Miss Gay Arizona America really enhanced my confidence, my pride, my determination and encouraged me to use the platform of my title to make a difference to our community... even to this very day!