Mr Gay Europe 2013
What is Mr Gay Europe?
The Mr Gay Europe competition is much more than a beauty contest – it is one of the toughest job interviews in Europe!
The gentleman selected will be “more than just a pretty face and a nice body”. While physical beauty will be part of the judges’ considerations, it is a man’s “inner beauty”, his mind and personality that will make the difference in the selection.
During the different tests, stage appearances and in particular the personal interview, the jury will focus on:
- a man who is young at heart and who shows an interest in the world and people around him;
- a friend who displays patience, has a sympathetic and considerate nature;
- a person who will not be frightened by change, or things and people different from his own frame of reference, experience or cultural background;
- a squire who is articulate in his thoughts and conduct an intelligent conversation;
- a guy who has a basic innate charm and sparkle;
- a man of honor who is special, but real;
- the boy next door who has poise and seems secure with himself, without coming across as arrogant;
- an individual who could be the person a company would like to be their representative;
- someone who can be an ambassador of goodwill;
- a peer who is the quintessential gay man – and a bit more!
A few tips for photos:
1. The image has to be in focus.
2. The background should not be messy or untidy such as the shower curtain in your bathroom or lying on the Batman covers for your bed or in front of your bookshelf! (Trust me – we’ve got pictures from previous Delegates to prove it!)
3. Keep your clothes on – a little bit of skin never hurt anyone – too much skin can be off-putting.
4. Look into the camera – that way you have eye contact with your voters.
5. The photo should be approximately 10 x 15 centimeters or larger. The image should preferably be at least 150 dpi or more.
6. If you can’t decide on your photo or are unsure, send it in and you will get constructive criticism in return. If you have
In 2005 Oslo hosted EuroPride and Morten and his friend Tore Aasheim believed that a decadent ‘Mr. Gay Europe competition’ was a farewell party worthy of ‘Ms. Knutsen’. With Morten’s background from producing numerous shows all over the world, and his knowledge from working with Miss Universe, and Tore’s knowledge with press, marketing and internet web design – the two set off to produce the party/show.
Morten started to browse the web after Mr. Gay competitions and after a while the first Delegates started to sign on. And funny enough – even before the first MGE final had taken place, producers in three different European capitals “applied” to host Mr. Gay Europe the coming year!
As the preparation for the event proceeded, it became clear that Morten’s “give back to community” philosophy, Tore’s political engagement and the convincing application from Amsterdam, that MGE was not going to be a “one time” event.
At times MGE has been protected by riot police, one year MGE got a letter from an Embassy that their country would not accept the sovereignty of a new state in Europe, another year one Delegate did not want to take part because MGE let Israel participate; MGE defied the nationalist bullies, MGE told the Embassy that it is an including competition, and MGE told the reluctant Delegate to stay at home…
It is important to remember, everyone is working voluntary, and to produce a pan-continental event is not done ‘just like that’ – it is hours of blood, sweat and tears. And of course MGE does have its share of drama – it is after all, a gay competition.
“We wanted to wrap an important message about gay pride, human rights and unity thru diversity, into a package of fun, festival and a fabulous show,” MGE founder and previous President Morten Ruda remembers.
“MGE is an open and including rivalry amongst friends and fellow citizens of Europe. We are the original Mr Gay competition and we truly hope that we make a small contribution in the fight for gay rights in Europe, current MGE president Tore Aasheim says.
2013 – PRAGUE, THE CZECH REPUBLIC
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