The porcelain Adonis—a German native who moved to NZ four years ago—swept the competition, taking first place in Mr. Gay Swimwear, Sports Challenge and Best Interview Challenge.
The pageant saw contestants from 22 nations competing in Johannesburg, South Africa over the past four days—the first time the event was held on the continent. The AP reports that several African participants received negative feedback from their families:
After Mr. Gay Ethiopia entered the Mr. Gay World contest, his father cut off all communications. Mr. Gay Zimbabwe withdrew, fearing the publicity was making life difficult for his mother.
But Mr. Gay Namibia’s family accompanied him to the airport for a warm send-off when he left for the competition, which culminated for him and 21 other men late Sunday in the finals at a Johannesburg casino.
“Bring the trophy home,” Namibia’s Wendelinus Hamutenya said his mother told him…
“I hope and I believe that Namibia will be the second country in Africa to recognize the rights” of gays, Hamutenya said in an interview.
Among his prizes Derleth will receive $6,200 cash and a $25,000 travel allowance to held spread the message of tolerance and diversity.
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