With registrations for Mr. Gay New Zealand 2017 officially open, Jacob Angus has spoken out about his experience during the 2016 competition, why he is entering again, and why he encourages other Kiwis to do the same.
“One year has passed by and I’ve been checking the site every day since the end of October waiting for the chance to register for Mr. Gay New Zealand 2017,” Jacob explained to eikon.
The 19-year-old from Papakura says he can’t wait to be able to showcase how much he has developed, transformed, and grown, over the year since last competing in the annual competition.
Jacob who is an Executive Board Member for Rainbow Youth believes the perception that Mr. Gay New Zealand is a beauty contest is far from the truth.”
“To be successful in this competition you need to showcase your drive and passion, to want to be a leader and an ambassador within the LGBTQ Community.”
“This competition allows you to gain so many new friends and the other finalists become close friends over the course of the finals and even carry on after the competition has ended. This is an amazing opportunity.”
“My favourite part of the competition was the charity challenge, raising funds to go towards the New Zealand Aids Foundation to help end HIV transmission here in New Zealand.”
Jacob says that despite “feeling like a superstar working alongside the previous Mr. Gay New Zealand, at the same time you feel like you have an important role to play within the community.”
Adding, “With your 30 seconds of fame comes your time to get across issues you feel are important within the LGBTQ community.
Jacob who encourages anybody who is thinking about applying to do just that says “If you are looking for a challenge and see yourself as a leader and ambassador for the LGBTQ community I encourage you to apply and showcase what you have to offer.”
“Like the motto on the bottom of the page says ‘this is not a beauty contest’ You don’t need to be ‘hot’ or ‘young and sexy’ you need to show your drive and passion for the LGBTQ community and be ready to get more embedded within the community.”