Winner Tshepo Chuenyane (centre), 2nd runner-up
Barry Meyer (left) and 1st runner-up Shannon Rex (right).
Tshepo Chuenyane has become the first black contestant to ever take a regional title in the Mr. Gay South Africa pageant.
Twenty seven year old Chuenyane was chosen by the judges as the winner in the North Regional leg of the national competition, held on Saturday night at the Brooklyn Theatre in Pretoria.
The judges included Mambaonline.com editor Luiz DeBarros, Frank Malaba from Radio Today Outspoken and two finalists from 2009; first Runner-Up Jose Rodrigues and second Runner-Up Iggy Mnisi.
Chuenyane, who is a freelance makeup artist from Mamelodi, Pretoria, and has national diplomas in cosmetology and makeup artistry, says that his interests include reading and cooking.
He was followed by first runner-up Shannon Rex, who also goes on to become a finalist in the national gala event taking place in November.
The second runner-up was Barry Meyer and Henry van der Walt took the Mr. Personality title.
According to Mr Gay South Africa Director Coenie Kukkuk, the pageant has seen a doubling of entries this year by contestants of colour.
“I don’t believe in quotas, but this shows that we are naturally becoming more diverse and representative,” said Kukkuk.
Kukkuk also announced that the 2010 Mr. Gay South Africa final will take place on Friday 26 November at The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef Casino in Johannesburg. Tickets can be booked on Computicket now.