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After three days of competition, Vega Markstone Hunter of St. Louis became the 46th Miss Gay Missouri America on Saturday at Hamburger Mary’s downtown.

She was crowned by Miss Gay Missouri America 2018 Janessa Highland, also of St. Louis, and Miss Gay America 2019 Andora Te’Tee of New York.

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L'oreal models an evening gown in the Miss Gay Missouri America pageant on March 30, 2019, at Hamburger Mary's in St. Louis. Photo by Gabe Hartwig, ghartwig@post-dispatch.com

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Genewa Stanwyck models an evening gown in the Miss Gay Missouri America pageant on March 30, 2019, at Hamburger Mary's in St. Louis. Photo by Gabe Hartwig, ghartwig@post-dispatch.com

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Roxxy Malone models an evening gown in the Miss Gay Missouri America pageant on March 30, 2019, at Hamburger Mary's in St. Louis. Photo by Gabe Hartwig, ghartwig@post-dispatch.com

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MaKena Knight models an evening gown in the Miss Gay Missouri America pageant on March 30, 2019, at Hamburger Mary's in St. Louis. Photo by Gabe Hartwig, ghartwig@post-dispatch.com

First alternate is L’oreal (Miss Gay City of Columbia America 2019), second alternate is Genewa Stanwyck (Miss Gay Kansas City America 2019 alternate), third alternate is Roxxy Malone (Miss Gay Gateway America 2019) and fourth alternate is MaKena Knight (Miss Gay St. Louis America 2019 alternate).

Hunter and L’oreal will advance to the Miss Gay America 2020 competition Oct. 2-5, also in St. Louis.

The Miss Gay America pageantry system recognizes achievement in the art of female impersonation. The use of hormones and feminizing body alterations below the neck are not allowed.

Miss Gay America dates to 1972 and is the oldest and largest pageant of its kind.

Eighteen competitors — winners of various preliminary pageants across Missouri — competed in evening gown and talent categories Thursday and Friday. In a "male interview" category, contestants spoke privately to pageant judges. Saturday evening, 10 finalists were selected to perform talent routines, model evening gowns and answer questions onstage.

The full list of contestants, with top 10 finalists in bold:

Nadia M. Louis, Miss Gay Capitol City America 2019

L’oreal, Miss Gay City of Columbia America 2019

• Amanda Lay, Miss Gay City of Columbia 2019 alternate

Roxxy Malone, Miss Gay Gateway America 2019

• Kaighlynn LaFaye, Miss Gay Gateway America 2019 alternate

• Lindsay Bryant, Miss Gay Heart of Missouri America 2019

• Kris Kohl, Miss Gay Heart of Missouri America 2019 alternate

Veronica Versace, Miss Gay Kansas City America 2019

Genewa Stanwyck, Miss Gay Kansas City America 2019 alternate

• Analyse Thropic, Miss Gay River City America 2019

Kara Lagerfeld, Miss Gay Metropolitan America 2019

• CeCe Thang, Miss Gay Metropolitan America 2019 alternate

Trixie LaRue, Miss Gay Paris of the Plains America 2019

• Ah Vonn, Miss Gay Paris of the Plains America 2019 alternate

Bella Rose, Miss Gay St. Louis America 2019

MaKena Knight, Miss Gay St. Louis America 2019 alternate

Vega Markstone Hunter, Miss Gay Springfield America 2019

• Misty Meanor, Miss Gay Springfield America 2019 alternate

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Melinda Ryder, Miss Gay Missouri 1984, performs at the Miss Gay Missouri America pageant on March 30, 2019, at Hamburger Mary's in St. Louis. Photo by Gabe Hartwig, ghartwig@post-dispatch.com

Yaaas, queens! Miss Gay America pageant brings 4 days of glamour to St. Louis

Former MGMA titleholders — including Melinda Ryder (1984), Kathy Klein (1989), Dieta Pepsi (1991), Vicki Valentino (1995), Alexis Principle (1998) and Ineda Cocktael (2001) — made appearances throughout the event.

The first Miss Gay Missouri pageant was held in 1973, crowning Julie Tomorrow. It's the second-oldest MGA prelim and is presented by the Miss Gay Missouri Alumni Committee.

Miss Gay America is a division of Mad Angel Entertainment, owned by Michael Dutzer and Rob Mansman; with David Pardue, they opened Hamburger Mary's in St. Louis in 2018.