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This documentary by Stewart Halpern takes a look at the Miss Gay America pageant in which 52 men strive to create the most seamless and convincing illusion of feminine beauty. With all hormone and surgical enhancements banned from the competition, contestants rely entirely on tricks of makeup and wardrobe, graded on their ingenuity as well as beauty. Following the individual experiences of five top contenders, the film examines the work that goes into striving for the title, as well as the
Jan 19, 2008 Wide
Oct 20, 2009
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Pageant sorely misses the socioeconomic context of Paris Is Burning, which took seven years to complete. When one of the film's subjects indeed becomes Miss Gay America 2009, Davis and Halpern-Fingerhut's camera has long since stopped rolling.
This classicism is not without its charm, and it's touching, in a goofy sort of way, to see how seriously everyone takes it.
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