Mr Gay Germany Klaus Burkart has taken all before him and won the 2015 Mr Gay World Competition held in Knysna, South Africa overnight.
The competition has been held across Cape Town and Knysna in South Africa over the past week and delegates from all around the world have been judged on many different facets of their lives and also their ability be a leader in the LGBTI community.
Klaus was officially presented with the Mr Gay World sash and trophy by 2014 winner Stuart Hatton.
Following the top ten announcement where our very own Mr Gay New Zealand Matt Fistonich and Mr Gay Australia Scott Fletcher joined Belgium, Australia, Iceland, Finland, Colombia, New Zealand, Spain, Hong Kong, Germany, South Africa and Zambia, it was then down to the final announcement to crown the winner for 2015.
First Runner-up was Mr Gay Hong Kong Mass Luciano and second Runner-up was Finland’s Tomi Lappi.
In his second attempt at the Mr Gay World title, after competing for Austria last year, Klaus had earlier in the evening won the award for best written test which was a pre-cursor to the overall title of Mr Gay World 2015.
The 21 year old Milk Technician from Wangen im Allgäu in Germany has said that he wants to become an advocate for gay rights and help young gays from around the world come out.
In an interview exclusively for Eikon with Mr Gay New Zealand Matt Fistonich, Klaus said he was exhausted following his victory last night.
“It was an amazing feeling, I was so surprised, I didn’t think I was going to win,” said Klaus.
Before the announcement, the German suggested that Mr Finland would win the competition but he also said the comradeship between delegates was a lot different to that of 2014.
“This year there was a lot more friendship with all the people, we were bound to each other, you could clearly see it was a community not a competition.”
Klaus believed a major reason for the victory was his dedication to his own campaign called ‘OneDay’.
“One Day is going to be about chatting to students at a very young age and teaching them to accept gay people.
“We want to get it to a point where ‘coming out’ is not necessary any more.”
Other awards on the night went to Mr Gay Spain who took out Best Formal Wear and Mr Photogrenic.
People’s Choice award went to Mr Gay Malta while the Art Challenge was won by Mr Gay Zambia.
The Sports award was won by Mr Gay Sweden and the social media award was taken away by Mr Gay Belgium.
The swim wear award was won by Mr Gay Australia and Mr Congeniality was won by Mr Gay Colombia.
Last Updated on May 5, 2015