Maybelline Maskara
Miss Gay Louisiana America 2011






Maybelline's Mirror Archive


Open Letter

First, let me be completely sincere that the naming of myself to the position of Ms. Gay Louisiana America has been a true whirlwind experience. I am in as much shock concerning the chain of events as many. However, I wanted to take a few moments away from my preparation for the national competition to express a few of my thoughts.

My selection simply proves that anyone can do it with proper preparation and a true desire to entertain friends, audience members, and judges. I want to assure you that during my reign everyone will be welcomed into this pageantry system with open arms. I will make every effort to insure that all of the administrative duties that are within my control will be handled with complete professionalism. My intentions are to focus more on that aspect of the "symbol of excellence" rather than total stage performance. In my opinion it would be wise to keep in mind that this is a job in which duties require service to others---rather than their homage to you.

I do not plan to change a thing about my personality. I will make every effort to stay warm, sincere, and totally committed to improving this system in the manner which I feel is my calling. I can make suggestions to improve the administrative aspects and keep them centered, I can assure that all are welcome, and I can assure you that I will make every effort to stress the fairness of judging to all.

If ever you have considered entering into a competition, I invite you to go for it. I am living proof that it does not always have to deal purely with outer beauty, but perhaps the beauty from within one's heart and soul.

I am here to serve you, the gay community of the state, in any manner that I can. I would truly appreciate a year of little to no drama. I prefer to have nothing to do with such.

Regards,

Ms. Maybelline Maskara

Ms. Gay Louisiana America 2011

I may be contacted through email at Walleythom@aol.com or by cell phone at 504-444-6187

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November 2011

Nationals: An Adventure of a Lifetime

Hello Everyone,

Where does a mature, experienced lady begin to share with all of you the wonderful adventures that I had at the national Ms. Gay America in Columbus, Ohio? From receiving a standing ovation during solo talent to capturing the "Heart of Excellence" Award, this venture proved to be one of the most enjoyable tasks that I have ever had the pleasure of participating in. The true value of the pageantry system is the growth and self confidence that it allows you to gain as an individual. For that opportunity I am truly grateful. I rubbed shoulders with the "best of the best" as far as the art of female impersonation is concerned, and found all of those involved to be most friendly and welcoming toward me. The ball room facility and theater were spectacular. Truly a class act all the way around!

The younger contestants looked upon me as the Mama Maybelline figure...and I assisted with fixing ties, reassuring others, keeping folks on schedule, and giving the impression that organization is the key to success. I truly believe that I represented the state well by capturing an award from Coti called the "Heart of Excellence" Award. The pleasure of being on stage to receive this award was extremely emotional and gave me a new found respect for this pageantry system.

If I get nothing else across to you as competitors in this pageantry system during my reign, please allow me to stress the importance of your total package. A winning talent is not good enough. Your organization, the manner you carry yourself, the way you dress (even in the rehearsals), and your willingness to help others "all" play a major role in capturing the crown.

Additionally, so many contestants do throw away the points that can be captured in male interview. This was my first time out...and I had the 7th highest score in male interview of all of the 51 contestants. My male interview score would have ranked 4th of those selected for top ten. Perhaps I can get some of those entering next year's prelims to listen to me about the degree of rehearsal that is needed for all areas of the competition....and to not over-look any detail.

Finally, I want to thank Paul Davis for the professionalism that he brings to my package by making certain that every detail of my appearance was addressed at the national level. He is a true gentleman and friend. I also want to thank Tami Tarmac for her valued assistance and friendship...and Matt for taking over the role as my dancer. Dominique, Fabian and Armoire thanks for traveling with us and sharing the laughter and fun. Michael, thanks for flying all the way to Columbus to be present and offer your support! Dextaci, it meant a lot to both Athena and me to have your support and presence. I salute Ms. Athena Campbell for also doing a fantastic job for her first time out.....we both did our best to make Louisiana proud!

I am looking forward to a little time of relaxation and a return to my seamstress adventures. Wishing all of you the best of illusion!

Maybelline Maskara

Ms. Gay Louisiana America 2011

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December 2011

The coolness in the air helps bring on the holiday spirit and festivities, and I extend to everyone a very Happy Holiday Season and a pleasurable Merry Christmas. I have been keeping myself busy with shows and benefits around the New Orleans area....and have had the pleasure of bumping into Starr, Audrey, and Dex at a few clubs and celebrations. Of course, Paul Davis and Tami Tarmac are always near and dear to me.

I would like to offer the following suggestions to all of you who feel a desire to become the next Ms. Gay Louisiana America.....This would be a perfect time of the year to begin planning your packet for the up-coming prelims for 2012. It is impossible to feel too organized, so why not start early? A few of those Christmas items on your "wish list" could be some needed jewelry, shoes, and items for the wardrobe that could be incorporated into your talent presentation, male interview attire, or whatever the need may be. Find a local Christmas pageant or club sponsored pageant and enter to gain the confidence and experience that truly help benefit us all. Start now to stick a few dollars back to cover the expense of the pageantry system itself....those extra bucks will come in handy on down the road to the state pageant....and even more if you travel on to nationals!

I look forward to the up-coming prelims season and truly feel that we are going to have a great year of competition. I offer all of my help and support to anyone who may choose to enter this year's events.

This would be a good time to download the Ms. Gay America handbook and begin to become familiar with the rules and regulations....along with studying the particulars that are listed under each category. Read all of this information before you even begin to consider any detail of your packet...this is where I discovered how to win!

Happy illusion,

Happy holiday, and remain safe!

Maybelline Maskara

Ms. Gay Louisiana America 2011

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January 2012

"GETTING IN GEAR FOR PRELIMS!!!!"

(We will be posting the exact dates of prelims soon...so keep watching!)

Let me begin this year by extending to everyone a true wish for a happy new year for us all! It is time to begin the preparation for a new year of prelims and competition. I am a planner and an organizer, and I suggest that you become the same...if indeed you want to win. Hit the ground at the first on the year with you feet planted solidly on the concept that you are "in it to win it". I came from nowhere and won the title by following these basic ideas and concepts:

1. Immediately go the the national web-site for Ms. Gay America and pull up all the information concerning each area of judging. READ IT!!! AND TAKE NOTE!!! The information is provided in order to provide you with a means to win the competition. The link is: http://www.missgayamerica.com/About/Categories.htm

2. Find you a long talent program that fits you. Of course, you want the opinion of others...but it is you who has to hit the stage and do the work. You have to believe in that program 100% and you must work on it daily. It may be hard to believe, but I ran through my long talent program often as many as 15 times daily. No, I did not ever perfect it, but I was ready for anything to happen.....and this is the attitude that makes for a true winner.....the show has to go on regardless of external issues....Sell yourself and always practice the routine "FULL OUT"...DON'T JUST GO THROUGH THE MOTIONS.

3. The best advise that I ever got from a judge who had been at the national level was that your purpose on the night of competition is to entertain the judges. Focus only on them....and do not under any circumstances take your eyes off of them. Truly, we all want to perform to our audience and friends. But that evening you entire focus has to be directed to the judges and judges only!!!!

4. Prepare yourself for the on stage question and answer. Go to a variety of web sites to find different questions that have been asked by judges. It is extremely important that you have a true knowledge of the rules, regulations, and duties of this pageantry system. My on stage questions was "What is the purpose of the short talent section of competition"?..so you must have a working vocabulary of the system. Make certain you can speak of at least three major duties of the winner in detail, know the areas of competition and know the points that each area provides...study, study, study just like you were back in school again. (This knowledge will be very, very useful in male interview once you get to the state competition.) When you practice at home for the on stage question...speak up. Use a tone of voice that is exactly like you intend to use on stage that evening. I set all of my wig heads up in front of me...and acted as if they were the judges. I practiced keeping eye contact and focus. Find you a fake microphone and put mirrors in front of yourself to check out your posture, stance, and general appearance. You may be surprised at what you see that would not be appealing to a judge. Do not put your hands on your hips....but do move toward the judges with your response....You can do it...it just takes practice!

5. Evening gown is my weakness and I readily admit this....but I truly believe that the gown has to be extremely fitted to your body type. Sleeveless does not work on everyone....and the color can make you or break you.....and having traveled to nationals, I will add that spending tons of money on the gown is not always necessary. Just make certain that every detail of the listings under the judging criteria have been met.....zipper, length, appropriateness to your body type, etc. Please have your heels dyed to the exact color of the gown....this will improve your score immediately....and double check that the jewelry is not too much....the focus is on the gown!

MORE SUGGESTIONS COMING UP NEXT MONTH, AND I AM HERE TO HELP ANYONE...JUST GIVE ME A CALL...HAPPY NEW YEAR AND HAPPY ILLUSION!

Maybelline Maskara

Ms. Gay Louisiana America 2011

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February 2012

Hello, and I do hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful weather and festive carnival season. Things are in full swing in the city of New Orleans with carnival krewe balls happening each weekend. I had the pleasure of attending Apollo in Baton Rouge and seeing many of you...and then on to Amon Ra and parading in costume...then a benefit number for Petronius. I am making efforts to insure that I take every opportunity to promote this pageantry system as best as I can. I have truly enjoyed this carnival season and am looking forward to much, much more.

It won't be long until competition season has begun. It is important that we welcome everyone into this pageantry system.... be it competitor or new sponsor. We should all keep an open mind and invite everyone to join in. I hope that you are beginning to get your packets in order. Once again, I suggest that you view the criteria for each area of judging and build your packet on this information. It is truly important to remember that your talent presentation has to be appealing to all ages. Take note that it is not offensive in any manner to anyone....this is very important as you travel on to state and national competitions. I would suggest that you make every effort to create something new that fits your personality. Just because you like something that you have seen done by another person does not mean that this program will fit you. Originality is a large segment of the scoring. Start your rehearsals early and get your ideas formed...so that you feel comfortable and prepared for the unexpected.

Prior to making a selection of the gown for evening wear, I would suggest taking several photos of yourself in varying styles of gowns. In this manner you can select the style that best fits your body type. Again, just because something looked good on someone else...it does not mean that this style will be appealing on you. If you will read the info concerning the judging criteria, keep in mind that you want to have the look of a "true" lady. Hide those broad shoulders if necessary...and make certain the length of sleeve and gown are exactly as described in the judging format. These are extra points that can add up to make you the winner.

I am hoping that the prelim schedule will soon be posted. Information concerning the judging criteria can be found under the Ms. Gay America web-site. There is a handbook provided for Ms. Gay America. I would suggest that you read over this information. It can add many points to your overall rating...if you just take the time to follow their suggestion. Good luck to everyone as you make your preparations. If I can be of service to anyone, please let me know. I hope that each of you will be on your best behavior as we begin this season of competition. Remember that we won the national title for "Best Comradery" amongst all of us last year!

Happy Carnival and happy illusion!

Maybelline Maskara

Ms. Gay Louisiana America 2011

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March 2012

Hello Ladies! Competition season is upon us, so step right up and get an application to enter into one of the many prelims throughout the state which perhaps will win you a ticket and the right to compete at the state level at the Ms. Gay Louisiana America pageant. Dates and locations are being set as I write this newsletter.

I so look forward to a wonderful prelim season and a spectacular state pageant. I am working on my selection for the theme of the state pageant, so stay tuned.

I will remind you to download the information about each area of competition from the Miss Gay America web-site at http://www.missgayamerica.com/About/Categories.htm Read over the information and double check to make sure you understand the specifics....do your best to plan your talent to address each and every area and sub-category that is listed. For evening gown competition make certain the fit is the "best" for your body type. Cover your arms if necessary, but make certain the sleeve length is very specific to the requirements listed. The length of the gown is very, very important as well. Get it right and get those heels dyed to the specific color of the gown! If you have not read the previous newsletters that I have posted, it might help. Get ready for that on stage question. Preparation is the key to success!!!!

Good luck to each of you. I look forward to meeting the new competitors and can't wait to see who will be this year's winner! If it is your dream, go for it!!! I am living proof that it is never, ever too late! Remember to keep in mind that "you are in it--to win it'!!!!!!!!!!!

Maybelline Maskara

Ms. Gay Louisiana America 2011

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April 2012

Ladies, I believe that I have the old saying correct: "April showers bring on May prelims and the winner gets flowers". I do hope that everyone is doing well and busy, busy, busy in preparation for the up-coming prelims. I want to remind everyone that you are "all" welcome and capable of going for the state crown! If an old girl like me can do.....anyone can.

With the addition of male interview and solo talent, I do realize that it takes a bit more preparation. However, please keep in mind that it will only make you a stronger candidate to be the winner at state. As very sincere advice, please start planning the "bio" material that you will offer when first walking into the male interview. That is your moment to wrap the judges around your fingers. If that section goes well, then responding to the questions asked by the judges will be a breeze. Be honest, be real, and be yourself!!!!!! I suggest that you try to make all of the info that you provide be associated to qualities they desire in the state representative. Use your work experience to show that you can be trusted to do a job well. Mention any awards or commendations that you may have received and stress that this shows the quality of a true leader. Mention your package and the time and consideration that you have placed into the preparation...and by all means show that you have read the handbook and know what you duties are and the true meaning of excellence. Please don't say "I have read the handbook"...simply take the info from it and build your ideas around what it ask of the next Miss Gay America. Ultimately, someone will be crowned that will move forward to take on that title ---- so know your facts and speak confidently. Rehearse, rehearse, and rehearse...not just your talent, but everything! This is suppose to resemble a professional interview. Act professional, organized, and show the true confidence that you have within you.

As you form your package, make certain that your solo talent is not just something you would see any night at a drag show. Do something to make it more polished and innovative. A major part of the scoring is "does the talent evoke any emotion". Really focus on that.....go to YOUTUBE and pull up some of the talents from nationals which might give you a better idea of exactly the type thing the judges like. Believe me, it is not necessarily what your friends at the bar would like....Think on that one please. The number that you perform at your home bar every weekend that the crowd just loves....is probably not what they want in this form of competition.

Good luck to you all...I wish you the best! I mean all of my suggestions only as help to you...please take them in that manner. I am so looking forward to visiting with you all. If there is anything that I might can do to help, please feel welcome to call me or send me a quick email. I am too old to be a FACEBOOK kind of girl.

Maybelline Maskara

Ms. Gay Louisiana America 2011

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May 2012

(Girls, don't forget to download your applications and have those completed prior to the night of the prelims. Also, get your CD labeled with the details that are requested by the rule regulations found under the Miss Gay America web-site.)

The moment and time has arrived for the preliminary season to begin in the pursuit of finding the next Miss Gay Louisiana America! I extent the best of wishes to all who share in the vision of capturing the title and crown. That vision takes a true degree of honest preparation and total organization to assure that your packet is solid and ready for review by the judges.

I offer a few questions that you need to address prior to hitting the stage for competition:

1. Are you familiar with the Miss Gay America system regulations in order to effectively plan your presentation?

2. Does your talent selection evoke a sincere emotion that holds entertainment value to the viewer?

3. Does your gown provide the degree of elegance to clearly show, without question, the judges the illusion of a female?

4. Are you versed on many issues that might be ask in either male interview or on-stage?

5. Have you planned you bio-material to perfection to address the qualities that are necessary to become the next Miss Gay Louisiana?

I am truly looking forward to seeing everyone and meeting the new-comers within our system. Remember, that the doors are open for anyone to take the crown and title. If I can be of assistance to anyone, please feel free to contact me.

Happy illusion to all!

Ms. Maybelline Maskara,

Ms. Gay Louisiana America 2011

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June 2012

Hello Ladies,

It is my pleasure to congratulate those contestants who have already won positions to enter the Miss Gay Louisiana America Pageant for this year. A job well-done by all! The month of June holds four prelims....so get yourself prepared and ready to roll.

I may need a wheel-chair after all!! I want to reassure all of this year's prelim contestants that I will do my best to insure that all are welcome,and that those duties that are under my direct control will be handled in a professional manner. A few things might need to be clarified. Even though it is summertime and often we are inclined to dress more casual for male interview, I suggest that you dress for success. If there is a rule or regulation that you are unsure of, please take it upon yourself to read the guidelines. Don't rely on what someone else might have informed you... find out for yourself with certainty.

Ultimately, you are responsible for the packet you bring forward to the judges. Please check the times for you solo and long talent very, very closely. It would be ashamed to loose major points simply because your music went over the appropriate times. Additionally, realize the time limit for prop set-up and take-down. Be careful with your preparation, and it will pay off with the end product and results. If you will check, the regulations even tell you exactly how to label your music. Start getting everything in order to be successful. Keep in mind that it is consistency within your program that will determine the winner. A wonderful score for a well prepared long talent means very little if your male interview falls short. Work on all areas of the competition in order to be the winner. It might be wise to mention that your biographical information in your male interview sets the pace for all that will follow. That is your moment to impress the judges and get them on board with your packet.

Happy illusion to all....and good luck to all prelim hopefuls.

Keep in mind that I came from nowhere and won.

You can do it too with consistent effort and planning!!!!!

Ms. Maybelline Maskara,

Ms. Gay Louisiana America 2011

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July 2012

We have successfully completed five prelims leading up to the Ms. Gay Louisiana America Pageant, and I congratulate those who have won placements that allow them to compete on the state level. I hope that all contestants will take time to read the comments that I have made under the "Mirrors" since beginning my reign. I think that it will provide enough information to help each of you be successful with your packets.

Sweet and simple, I wish all of you the best. I have posted the requirements for state performance requirements on FACEBOOK, and they will soon be listed on this web-site.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact me concerning the matter.

I wish you the best of illusion....

Regards,

Ms. Maybelline Maskara,

Ms. Gay Louisiana America 2011

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August 2012

Hello Everyone,

Where does a mature, experienced lady begin to share with all of you the wonderful, yet challenging, adventures of wearing the crown of Miss Gay Louisiana America 2011? From receiving the "Heart of Excellence" Award at nationals along with placing seventh in male interview, I have hopefully achieved the honor to truly boast of representing our state with dignity, grace, and professionalism.

As the oldest state representative in the history of the Miss Gay America Pageantry System, I am proud to convey that I was able to endure all of the challenges of administrative duties that are associated with the true job description for Miss Gay Louisiana America. I hope that my efforts to focus on my personal duties, rather than focus on homage by others to me and this title, will prove to be a means of re-establishing this system to a higher degree of respect and trust. I have taken that responsibility on with concern and attention to detail, and my true desire was to provide service to others, welcome all into our ranks, and remain true to myself.

I hope that I have left a positive mark on the crown and wish to express my best wishes to all of those who follow as Miss Gay Louisiana America.

With respect,

Ms. Maybelline Maskara,

Ms. Gay Louisiana America 2011