He may have been the first to cross the line in the inaugural Mr Gay World Khayelitsha triathlon on Tuesday here in Cape Town, but for Mr Gay Germany he understands the overall race to the crown is going to be tough.
30-year-old Marcel Danner has lived most of his life in Germany, born in Southern Germany and then moving to Berlin when he was 23, he credits as being such a welcoming place for everyone, but is also really excited for his week in South Africa.
“I’ve never been to South Africa before, I’m so happy that Cape Town is hosting the contest this year because I always wanted to travel there,” Danner explained to Gay Nation.
“For my studies, I’ve lived in France for 15 months, but my only two trips outside of Europe were first to Algeria (for job reasons as a French-German interpreter) and second to the U.S. in 2016.
“I’ve been to New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, and was super excited to finally get to know gay life in those places.
But Mr Gay World is what brings Marcel to Cape Town and he looks to have settled well into the competition even without any tips from previous Mr Gay Germany contestants.
“I didn’t want to have any expectations. I prefer to experience everything on my own.
“In my opinion, the contest creates its energy and atmosphere from the persons who are involved and those are, besides the judges and the audience, of course, the delegates who are different every year.
“This year is our year, we’ll create our contest with our own energy, we gonna make it rock.”
When asked to nominate what sets him apart from the 21 other delegates Danner found the answer a little tougher.
“It’s hard to say.
“I’m definitely a people person and try to spread good energy wherever I go, I’m always very curious to meet new people. And yes, I do love to make people smile.
Danner’s smile will go along way to him securing victory at the Mr Gay World Finale to be held at the Cape Town City Hall this Saturday night May 4 starting at 6pm.
Last Updated on May 2, 2019