I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe holiday season and a very happy new year! Since my last newsletter, the Stevens' household has been very busy ringing in the new year and preparing for another amazing preliminary to Miss Gay Arizona America 2017!
A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to go to Palm Spring (a city I've never been to) to spend some quality friendship time with our reigning Miss Gay America 2017, Suzy Wong. Thank you for welcoming us into your beautiful home!
After a great lunch at Bongo Johnny's with Suzy, Wes and Kristopher Reynolds, we went back to Suzy's house to get ready for a fun and fabulous photoshoot! It was so amazing to work with famed photographer to the drag stars, Kristopher Reynolds! I am so excited to see the finished product!
The month of January marks another chance to secure your spot to Miss Gay Arizona America 2017! Sunday, January 15, 2017 at The Rock will be Miss Gay Copper City America 2017 celebrating Lady Ashley! This pageant is proudly promoted by Judith Derriere and forever Miss Gay Arizona America 2009 Tc Taylor.
Miss Gay Copper City America 2017 theme is "Girls Just Want to have Fun!" and contestants are asked to wear Retro, Funky 1980's attire! The pageant will begin promptly at 5:00pm and be hosted by Forever Miss Gay Arizona America 2015 Nevaeh McKenzie!
Anyone interested in competing for the title of Miss Gay Copper City America 2017 are highly encouraged to contact Lady Ashley, Tc Taylor, Judith Derriere, Daniel Eckstrom or myself TODAY!
I am extremely proud and thrilled to announce my theme for Miss Gay Arizona America 2017
" BOND...EXCELLENCE IS FOREVER"
For the Presentation category, contestants will be asked to impersonate their favorite Bond spy/villan. The forever Miss Gay Arizona America's are encouraged to dress as "bond girls".
In my last newsletter I stated that I am giving all qualified contestants for MGAA17 the opportunity to write their own newsletter, to share with each of you a little bit about themselves. This month I introduce Miss Gay Scottsdale America 1st Alternate Piper M Shay!
All my love and respect,
Miss Gay Arizona America 2016
Welcome Miss Gay Scottsdale America 1st Alternate
This past August marked my 5th year of female impersonation. Over the last 5 years, my pageant experience has been kept to a minimum by choice. I thought that I had had my fill of pageantry, but I became motivated and inspired to try something new, and take on the challenge to strive for "excellence."
I can't even begin to thank Barbra Seville for trusting in me enough to take me with her to Memphis this past year as she competed for the title of Miss Gay America 2016. Without that positive experience, I'm not sure I would have believed that competing for MGAA was something within my reach.
Mya McKenzie has been an amazing mentor throughout this process, and helped me realize the potential I needed to see in myself. I'm so excited to have the opportunity to work with her, as well as Diva and Tyra Marie - who have also been my biggest supporters in this new endeavor.
Our current MGAA, Savannah Stevens, has always been someone I've looked up to and aspired to be like. Her dedication and passion is so inspiring, and without her there is no way I could have made it to this point. To her I am extremely grateful. To be a qualified contestant for MGAA 2017 is truly an honor that I never expected.
We haven't competed yet and I already feel so much love! As a first time competitor, thank you to everyone who has been so supportive and helpful in making this a positive experience. My only hope is to make my community proud. The beginning of the new year means the countdown to Miss Gay Arizona America 2017 has officially begun! I'm so happy for Olivia Gardens, Miss Gay Scottsdale America 2017, and couldn't be more excited join Team Scottsdale with her as she continues her journey and I begin mine.
1st Alternate to Miss Gay Scottsdale America 2017