Mr Gay World South Africa Winner Announcement

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Mr Gay World South Africa Winner Announcement

The votes have been tallied and the results audited. A new Mr Gay World South Africa has been chosen by the public to represent South Africa at the upcoming Mr Gay World™ 2019 Cape Town.

After a week of frantic voting via SMS, the public has chosen Chris Emmanuel as Mr Gay World South Africa 2018. Not only did he score the most votes, his self-promotional YouTube video was also the one with the most number of views.

In a statement, Chris says: “It is with great joy and surprise that I accept the title. I am overflowing with ideas and powerful topics that I will use my title to explore in the coming year. I am humbled by the support from family, friends and total strangers that has seen me through to take the title.”

Chris, who is 42 years old and hails from Knysna (home of the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival), goes on to say that winning the title is a great responsibility that he does not take lightly. For him, happiness is for the brave, as it takes the bravest of people to come out to parents at the risk of rejection, and to stand up for their rights in places where doing so could condemn them to death.He says: “It takes the bravest of people to walk the township streets declaring their true self at the risk of corrective rape, it takes the bravest of people to cry in the dark, alone, only to wake up and fight another day for what is right. You are my heroes and I can’t wait to spend this year trying to be as brave as the people you all are, hopefully sparking that fire of happiness within you that you all deserve.”

The first prince, who would take up the reign if for any reason Chris would not be able to fulfil his role, is Kevin du Plessis, while Louis Kriel is crowned the second prince.

Interestingly, Kevin du Plessis and another contestant, Lourens Moorcroft, had almost the same number of YouTube video views, indicating how fierce the competition was.

Chris Emmanuel will now go on to represent South Africa at the upcoming Mr Gay World™ 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa, that will take place from 28 April – 4 May 2019.The Mr Gay World™

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Written by Hendrik Baird for Inside Scoop Media