Miss St. Lucia’s Monet Exchange was crowned queen of the 6th Annual Gay Caribbean USA Pageant held on Saturday, Sept. 27 at Restoration Plaza in Brooklyn, New York.
A source explained that seven of the eight contestants are men “but transgender so they are called ‘misses'”. Contestants prefer not to use their real names.
“They are shemales. They all got the male private part but are the women in any relationship,” the source added.
‘Monet Exchange’, the St. Lucia representative, also won best answer.
According to the pageant’s Facebook page, Monet Exchange describes herself as eclectic and benevolent.
“Momo says that growing up gay was no walk in the park,” the post also stated.
Miss Grenada (Momo Shade) finished second and Miss Jamaica (Chamise Renee) placed third.
The other contestants were Jackie Reloaded representing Trinidad & Tobago, Ky’Neisha Dupree (Miss Bahamas), Mercedes Successful (second contestant for Jamaica), Madison Banks (Miss Dominican Republic) and De’Zyre Love Revlon (Miss Honduras).
The annual competition is open to male impersonators, gay males, lesbian females and transgenders. The event attracts contestants outside the US who fly to New York to represent their countries.
Bahamas won the 2013 competition and Honduras participated for the first time this year.
‘Marlon’, a St. Lucian, is the producer of the pageant.
The aim of the pageant is reportedly to help bridge the gap between the gay and heterosexual communities in the US and Caribbean, opening the opportunity for better understanding.