This documentary by Stewart Halpern takes a look at the Miss Gay America pageant in which 52 men strive to create the most seamless and convincing illusion of feminine beauty. With all hormone and surgical enhancements banned from the competition, contestants rely entirely on tricks of makeup and wardrobe, graded on their ingenuity as well as beauty. Following the individual experiences of five top contenders, the film examines the work that goes into striving for the title, as well as the motivations that drive each pageantee. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi
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This was a very beautiful piece of work. I have never been behind the scenes during a pageant but have always heard of the cattiness... This was supremely made, and made me realize that the rumors of the cattiness were simply not true. The "ladies" were amazing, the gowns, beautiful, the set pieces excellently made. I have to say, I fell in love with Victoria DePaula!
It accomplishes what a documentary should: itâs informative, it has great interviews, it held my interest right to the end and I learned a few things. Itâs not a high quality production, but the filmmakers did a great job with what they had. They draw you into the contestants and make you care about them. Good job.