First Gay Beauty Pageant Held in Iceland

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First Gay Beauty Pageant Held in Iceland

The first gay beauty pageant in Iceland will be held on June 5. Eight contestants have entered the competition and the winner will be crowned during a special ceremony in the National Theater. Former Miss World Linda Pétursdóttir is on the jury.

From the Gay Pride Festival in Reykjavík. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

“It is organized like a model competition, except we cut the underwear show,” Magnús Gudbergur Jónsson, who spearheaded the project, told Fréttabladid.

Jónsson decided to buy the rights to the pageant in Iceland after participated in Mr. Gay World one year ago.

“I realized then, when I heard the stories others had to tell, how good homosexuals in the Nordic countries have it […] and it’s a shame that these nations haven’t pressured other nations to improve,” Jónsson said of his experience in Mr. Gay World.

The pageant highlights the fight of minority groups for equal rights, especially of gays and lesbians.

The winner of Mr. Gay Iceland (Hr. Hinsegin in Icelandic) wins a three-day stay at a luxury hotel in New York, a one-year gym membership and of course the title itself, which earns him the right to compete on behalf of Iceland in Mr. Gay Europe in Geneva and Mr. Gay World in the Philippines next year.