“To be in a pageant, it takes a village…people,” this year’s Miss’d America–winner Adriana Trenta told a packed room of press and the who’s who of LGBT Atlantic City at a conference after another star-studded show filled with the glam and pageantry we’ve come to expect from the yearly production at Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa.
It was a night of sequins, love, stand-up applause, and an exciting display of New Jersey pride at this year’s Miss’d America. A full house of nearly 1,200 people burst into a raucous applause as community leaders, tourists, and LGBT activists showed their support for not only the Miss’d America contestants, but for the resilience of this seaside resort city that’s constantly reinventing itself and trying to move forward from hard economic times, while simultaneously embracing its historic past. This year, though, was a celebration. It marked its fourth year at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa and attendance numbers that can squash the news’ cycle’s constant doom and gloom for the boardwalk destination.
When Miss America failed to take place in the city a smaller tradition also didn’t take place—the Miss’d America Pageant. The alterna-show, which began in 1993, gave boys who literally “missed” participating in the pageant (many of whom worked for the Miss America Pageant) a chance to show off their goods after the Miss America Pageant. The small gathering began in 1991, but didn’t take place after the show moved to Vegas. Thanks to the Greater Atlantic City GLBT Alliance and the Schultz-Hill Scholarship Foundation, the show was revived, they dusted off the old runway, and the community whole-heartedly welcomed back the queens after five years. The pageant repaid these organization with a whopping ($300,000+). With the return of Miss America and Miss’d America this year, the two pageants are reunited, and Atlantic City sure has a lot to be proud of.
With the support of Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, the show took over its event center. The jam-packed production didn’t have a dull moment, and the audience couldn’t help but to thrive off the show’s indefatigable energy. Host Carson Kressley, now an old pro, knew how to get a rise out of the audience. His in-your-face comedic style turned to the audience for laughs often at the expense of someone in the audience! We suppose that is why he has been chosen seven times to emcee.
Sapphira Cristal, Champagne Bubbles, Visa D‘Kline, Adriana Trenta, Shelby Late, Margeaux Powell, and Evelyn Side competed in three competitions: swimsuit, talent, and questions. It was quite clear from the beginning who were the frontrunners.
Ultimately, Adriana Trenta proved to be too big of competition for the other ladies, and she took home the crown thanks to her incredibly designed outfits and her voguing-inspired dance number to Rihanna. Overcome by the confetti, music, and love in the room, she tried to hold back her tears and excitement when the crown was placed on her head.
There were no hard feelings from any of the other queens at the after-party where one big family united in a celebration of openness, diversity, and love for the Seaside resort.
“I’m so grateful to everyone who helped make this possible and I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge all those who helped me get to this stage. Thank you Kyle Amoroso for being my rock, my dresser, my packmule, my bully, my everything. I love you so much!” Trenta said. “Thank you to my choreographer to the stars Louis Reyes Chavez for concocting the perfect talent routine to coincide with our shared vision that blew the roof off the house. Of course thank you as well to Eric Bell, Nick Lancellotti and Kevin Mimms for having my back and being the best dancers a girl could ask for. And thank you to Lindsey Kay for having my back as my manager and guiding the ship when it was in dire need of a compass.”
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