On October 4th, 2009 the The Rhinestone Phoenix Charity Foundation crowned the new Mr and Ms Gay Vancouver, Aedan Saint and Celestial Seasons. In our second interview with the new monarchs, we talk with Celestial Seasonings about her background and her take on the pageant.
What motivated you to participating in the Mr and Ms Gay Vancouver pageant?
I think that it was time for me to step up to the plate and take on the challenge not just for the organisation but for myself. I am able to represent the multi-colored faces and voices that Canada is home to wheter they are gay or not.
Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
I was born and raised in Singapore and am of Malay descent. I came from a large family of eight where my father was the sole bread winner. It was pretty tough at times but I came away with some real life lessons including my appreciation for what I have and my own work ethic. I also learned to smile! I knew I was gay when I was about 12 years old. My first crush was actually at my Auntie’s wedding where I met this cute guy; there was a huge amount of drama when we left the wedding that day. In addition to working in an office, I also worked part-time on the weekends for a large entertainment production company where I was a female illusionist. Originally it was to help earn extra money for myself and my family playing mostly straight functions. Since then I feel at my best when I’m on stage.
To what do you attribute the longevity of these types of pageants?
It all really depends on the organization. The Rhinestone Phoenix Charity Foundation has been in existence for many years now raising funds for local charities and they are doing a great job reaching out to both the GLBT+ community and beyond.
Why are pageants like this still relevant now and why should the local GLBTQ community care about the pageant?
This event is relevant not just to the local GLBTQ but in reaching out to the community as whole. It’s not just about “glitz and glam” but also about volunteering for charitable events. This has also given me opportunity to celebrate our multiculturalism in a safe and supportive organization to illicit change.
This year Mr Gay Vancouver Aedan Saint and I are focusing our charitable work on A Loving Spoonful who provides free, nutritious meals to people living with HIV/AIDS in Greater Vancouver.
Now that you have been elected what happens over the course of the year as Ms Gay Vancouver?
There’s so many ideas coming in from all kinds of people right now. I will do everything in my power to continue the profound legacy of my honourable predecessors. Last but not least, I hope people will come out and support us.