Europe crowns a new Mr. Gay

Dylan Vox | August 08, 2007

LONDON — The Mr. Gay USA competition is just around the corner, when Grant Ermis will give up his crown to a new young studly successor to compete at the world level in January 2008. This week. Europe named their hopeful as German Jackson Netto swept the competition and walked away with the sash.

The 25-year-old Netto is a student in Liverpool, and said that his win was "a dream come true."

The competition included a talent portion, a question and answer section where the 21 delegates addressed current political and social issues, and of course the obligatory swim suit event, which may have given Netto the edge over his competition.

"When I was a child I used to be overweight. At the age of 15 I lost 25 kilos of weight, took care of my nutrition and did sports to keep in shape." Netto said about his amazing body after he was rewarded the title.

Celebrity judges included supermodel Viktoria Vamos, Csaba Kajdi, the owner of one of Europe's largest and most successful modeling agencies, and former Weather Girl powerhouse vocalist Martha Wash who performed the gay anthem "It's Raining Men" on the final night. Boy George was even on hand to issue the crown to the winner.

Netto will now be participating in the Mr. Gay International Competition in Hollywood in January, and will act as spokesperson for the MGE organization. He wants to be considered a role model for young gay men throughout Europe.

There has been some criticism of the inane nature of a gay beauty pageant taking place in the 21st century, but organizers insist that the successful event seeks to break social stereotypes of gay men. – Issued by Gay Link Content

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