Lines are open for you to cast your vote for the individual who will be representing South Africa at this year's Mr Gay World competition in Cape Town!
Our own Kevin du Plessis is also a finalist, hoping to further his work as a journalist and Art Director working in queer media.
“I spend most days of my life putting everything into this publication that I possibly can. I am constantly looking to celebrate queer creatives in South Africa and internationally, I write about issues that stare our community in the face hoping to open dialogue and insight, and I am always out and about looking for new stories about inspiring gay people as well as finding new voices to use Gay Pages as a platform to share their perspectives,” Kevin said.
Kevin has been working at the magazine for well over two years and is always on a mission to create original content, be it in the form of fashion shoots or offering exposure to gay artists. He has also been penning his own coming out story in the form of a novel, as he revealed in our Spring 2018 edition when he appeared on the cover after winning the title of Mr Gay Mardi Gras Southern Africa at the 2018 Pink Loerie festival. He spends his personal time on the gay social scene interacting with members of the community and just having fun. He also makes gay-centric artwork in the form of illustrations and photography, as some of you may have witnessed at the Pretoria Pride art exhibition last year in October.
“Casting a vote for me, means that you support me as an individual trying to make a difference in the South African gay community that I so love. This competition has the power to take the work I do to the next level and to a bigger audience. I just hate the fact that I spent 23 years of my life ashamed of who I was, and I want to prevent that from happening to any queer kids out there as much as I can. Gay Pages has allowed me to be part of something bigger than myself!”
There are also some other amazing contestants in the running this year, and if you catch a liking to any of them and what they stand for cast your vote in their direction!
This is all about uplifting the gay community in our country! So, let’s be supportive and get those votes out!
Press Release from the Mr Gay World SA team:
With the Mr Gay World™ competition coming up at the end of April, the heat is on to find a South African delegate to compete against those from the rest of the world. Delegates from all over the globe will soon descend on Cape Town where they will compete during a week long event which culminates in the Grand Finale at the Cape Town City Hall on 4 May. And because of the limited time left to choose a worthy contender, voting for the Mr Gay World South Africa competition is taking place via SMS.
A total of 11 finalists have been chosen to compete for the local title. Mr Gay Mardi Gras 2018, Kevin du Plessis, was automatically entered as part of his win at the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival last year. The other ten finalists entered after a call for entries went out earlier this year. A previous Mr Gay Mardi Gras entrant, Riaan Phillips, has also made it onto the list, while two previous Mr Gay World SA finalists are back to compete for the title. John-Louis O’Neil, Vice-President of Mr Gay World™, is excited about the quality of the entries: “As usual, the guys from South Africa have both brains and beauty, and it is now up to the public to decide who they want to represent South Africa at the upcoming Mr Gay World™ competition.”
The finalists are:
- Chris Emmanuel (42) from Knysna;
Francois Le Roux (22) from Cape Town;
Geoffrey Bezuidenhout (35) from Knysna;
Kevin du Plessis (28) from Johannesburg;
Louis Kriel (32) from Strand in the Western Cape;
Lourens Moorcroft (42) from Johannesburg;
Martin Headger (27) from Johannesburg;
Noel Deyzel (34) from Johannesburg;
Prince Nsibande (44) from Umlazi in Durban;
Riaan Phillips (35) from Cape Town; and
Theo Chelane (30) from Pretoria.
You can cast your vote by sending an SMS to 45509. You must type MGWSA Contestant Name. SMS’s are charged at R 1.50 each and free or bundle SMS’s do not apply. You can vote as many times as you like. Voting opens on Monday 25 March and will close at midnight on Sunday 31 March 2019. Hurry up and vote for your favourite now.
The entrant with the most votes will represent South Africa at the upcoming Mr Gay World™ 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa, that will take place from 28 April – 4 May 2019.