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Feature photo: Miss’d America 2020-2021 Sapphira Cristal
Miss’d America LLC is excited to announce the eight contestants seeking the crown at the 30th Miss’d America Pageant. This annual glamorous night will return to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City. This year’s pageant will take place on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 8 p.m. in Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena and will once again feature lavish sets, incredible numbers, a “Queens” night at the opera theme led by the reigning Miss’d America 2020-2021 Sapphira Cristal, along with returning host Emmy Award winner Carson Kressley and a special performance by Grammy award winner Thelma Houston.
A portion of the proceeds from the 2021 Miss’d America Pageant will be distributed to various LGBTQ supportive charities. Since its inception, the pageant has donated over $450,000.00 to multiple organizations.
“Being Miss’d America has been quite a pleasure and an honor,” said reigning Miss’D America, Sapphira Cristál, Miss’d America 2020/2021. “If I could, I would run for another year! However, I guess it’s time for another girl to take the reins! I look forward to a fabulous show this year—and many more in the future of Miss’d America!”
Tickets are on sale now and are priced at $25, $45, or $75.00. Purchases can be made by visiting Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City’s website or by visiting Ticketmaster.
Limited VIP tickets are also available for purchase at $100 per ticket, which includes one complimentary drink and admission to an exclusive post pageant meet and greet reception. VIP purchases are available by calling the group sales office at 609-449-6037.
The 2021 contestants:
Miss Elaine – Pennsylvania
Scott McMasters is a drag artist that has been working professionally in Philadelphia, Atlantic City, and the surrounding area for the past three years.
Said Miss Elaine: “Much of my drag is influenced by my career in theatre and television. I have been doing musical theatre for over twenty years and have been working professionally in Philadelphia for the past six. In this time, I have worked as a scenic designer, a props master, a costume designer, a wardrobe assistant, a scenic painter, and a stage manager. I have also been working at QVC for the past 6 years seasonally; my job mostly being a production assistant during live shows. In addition, I am a headpiece designer for many queens in Philadelphia. At my core I am a maker and most of my free time is spent teaching myself new skills and techniques which I can then implement in my drag. Because of my varied skill sets, I have the ability to dream up a project and then make it a reality. My goal is to bring a level of professionalism, artistry, and production quality that is not often seen in the Philadelphia drag scene. Winning Miss’d America would give me the platform and the resources to bring fully realized shows to the stage, as well as allow me to collaborate more intimately with the other fantastic artists in the city. “
Miss Amanda Porq – New York
Amanda Pörq (Ethan L. Wintgens) is an NYC-based, GLAM award nominated, and full-time drag entertainer/producer from Zanesville, OH. She’s been an active drag artist in the city since the Summer of 2019. Amanda has performed in every borough as a guest performer, pageant competition contestant, host, and emcee.
Amanda has several years of dance and theatre training, but her main goal when it comes to a career in drag is to create safe spaces for queer+ people to live vibrantly. Amanda offers comedic and topical mixes that are energetically timed with dance breaks, dips, intense choreography, and anything else that will get an audience to pay attention. She can even serve you Appalachian clog dancing and skilled archery if necessary! Many of her performances also include social/political commentary. She also does some live singing!
To Amanda, drag artists have a responsibility to represent queer individuals who feel that they do not have a voice or a public platform. With drag being increasingly blended into mainstream entertainment and pop culture, it’s critical that drag performers use their charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent to make the queer+ experience full of diversity, love, and reassurance.
Countess Mascara – New York
Michael Mascari was proud to be your second runner up for Miss’d America 2020/21.
“It has been a crazy time since the last pageant,” said Countess Mascara. “The loss of loved ones, job security, and overall loneliness of the global pandemic has put things into perspective for me. In the time since we last shared the joyous moment that was Miss’d America in 2019, I have taken up sewing and wig styling as a way to take my drag into my own hands. It has been made all too evident that relying on others to convey my vision shouldn’t be my only means of self expression. Learning to sew and style wigs has allowed me to take my creativity by the reins and steer it in a whole new direction. I can’t wait to share my new-found love of creation with you all this coming October.”
Miss Cleo Phatra – Pennsylvania
Bobby “Fabulous” Goodrich (he/she/they) is a theatre artist and musician based in Philadelphia. They studied Theatre at Clarion University of PA where they specialized in Costume Design. After that they apprenticed at Walnut St. Theatre in Philadelphia. The New York Times called Bobby “a champion” for their off-Broadway debut as Divine, in the world premiere of DIVINE/INTERVENTION”. They are currently a teaching artist at the Hill School, and perform cabaret as the Larger than life Cleo Phatra. Cleo Hosts a weekly cabaret called “GAYBILL” every Wednesday at 10PM at Tavern on Camac in Philly. When not working they love cooking, reading, and dancing. Recently they have lost 150 lbs in the last 9 Months and are working towards losing more!
Miss Fyre Wood – Pennsylvania
Sean Green – Fyre, of the Haus of Wood, is always sure to spark a fire! Fern Gully, earth queen of the Wilderness. She is sure to be seen swinging from a vine, or climbing a limb. A mastery of all things Nasty, Aerials, Pole, general Sass, and Confidence are always on display with Fyre. Passionate, charming, and always a flame, Fyre’s sizzling styles are sure to warm you up! Check her out both in the Salon and Stage!
Miss Drift Wood – Pennsylvania
Garrett Olthuis – Washed ashore, fairy Godmother of all things glam. Drift, of the Haus of Wood, is the birth of musical theatre, Barbie fashion avenue, Miss America, and TRL. As a professional Hair stylist as well as Singer, and performer, you can be sure to see Drift always wearing “Haus of Wood” original styles and always custom hair! A passion for fashion, design, and connecting with others keeps this Queen moving and Grooving both in the Salon and on Stage.
Dominique Powell St. James – New York
Michael A. Blackmon started in the art of female impersonation while in college while pursuing a BFA dance degree. Following college, she performed in Vegas, Guam, on cruise ships, television and films. She is an award- winning choreographer with theatre and commercial credits. Her female impersonation credits are : Miss Gay Urban Pride 2021, Miss Gay Indiana At Large United States At Large 2020, Miss Gay New York United States 2019, Miss Gay New York Icon United States 2019, 1st alt to Miss Gay United States Icon 2020 and 2021, and 2nd Alternate to MissGay United States at Large 2021.
She prides herself on the community service she has done for the LGBTQIA+ community. When she isn’t performing she enjoys cooking and spending time with her son and husband.
Contestants competing for the title of Miss’d America 2022 will be judged in the categories of swimsuit, talent, evening gown and must complete a Judges’ Interview. Along with the crown and sash, Miss’d America will receive $5,000.00 in cash and must be available for multiple appearances throughout her reigning year. First runner-up will receive $2,500.00 and second runner-up will receive $1,500.00.
Miss’d America LLC
A not-to-be-missed entertainment event, the Miss’d America Pageant started in 1994 at a local Atlantic City club and was created as a spoof of the world-famous Miss America Pageant to raise funds for a local charity.
It took place annually on the night after that famous beauty pageant, the joke being that the drag performers ‘missed’ getting into the real pageant at Boardwalk Hall. It ended in 2005 and was absent from Atlantic City for nearly five years, before making its triumphant return on January 31, 2010 and has grown larger and more spectacular every year since.
The Miss’d America Organization is an inclusive pageant that welcomes any person assigned male at birth to compete. The use of hormones, silicone or other forms of body augmentation will not preclude participation in the contest. Miss’d America strives to support and celebrate all LGBTQIA+ people and are committed to affirming the identity of every member of this family.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City
With the legendary Atlantic City Boardwalk as its backdrop, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City has become Atlantic City’s go-to entertainment destination. The property features an award-winning gaming floor that offers 2,250 slots, 120 table games, and dedicated Sportsbook, which has been recognized in Casino Player Magazine’s 2020 Best of Gaming Awards and USA Today’s 10Best Casinos. Boasting more than fifteen food and beverage offerings, guests are able to enjoy fine dining at Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, Kuro, and Il Mulino, to casual fare at Hard Rock Cafe, YOUYU Noodle Bar, Sugar Factory and Fresh Harvest ‘All You Can Eat.’ The music-inspired resort offers guests a glimpse into the world’s most valuable and largest music memorabilia collection, along with services from Rock Spa® & Salon, which offers rhythm and music inspired treatments like the Soul Survivor Massage. With more than 150,000 square feet of meeting and event space, Hard Rock Atlantic City can fit any bill from intimate board meetings to large-scale conferences. For more information including continued updates on the Safe + Sound protocols or to book your stay, please visit hardrockhotelatlanticcity.com.