Male beauty pageant is first for APO Fraternity

Annie Bartholomew/Sun Star Reporter
Dec. 10, 2013

This Wednesday, sit back, relax and enjoy some eye candy, said student organizer Brix Hahn.

Local service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega is hosting the first annual charity beauty pageant for men, who will compete for the title Mr. UAF. Mr. UAF participants will be judged on four categories modeled after traditional beauty pageants including formal wear, interview, talent and swimwear.

The two-hour program will take place in the Hess Rec Center at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11. The entry fee is $5 for spectators and $10 for competitors.

“We have a lot of men here who are extremely comfortable with who they are, and they’re proud of it,” Hahn said.

Membership Chair Lauren Bradley and Hahn came up with the idea after seeing similar events at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

“I’m encouraging people to get creative, especially during the swimwear portion,” Hahn said.

The competition is not limited to just men. APO welcomes students of all genders to compete in the Mr. UAF pageant. If a woman wins she will still be crowned Mr. UAF. Prospective contestants should arrive at the Hess Rec Center at 6:30 p.m. for a pre-event meeting. Entrance forms can be found on the Mr. UAF Facebook event page.

As of Saturday, December 7, APO had five registered participants, but they are expecting 15 to 25 during the show. They are hoping for a rivalry between the University Fire Department and Police Department. All of the proceeds will go to charity, with half going to a charity of the winner’s choosing, and the remainder used for future APO service events including their program that donates Christmas gifts to families in need.

Partnering with APO is community sponsor Alaska Floral & Wedding who is letting participants use their formal wear free of charge for the event. The local business learned about the event through a news brief in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Co-hosting the event is APO brother Mickey Wilson and economics student Meghan Packee who hosted last spring’s Gender-Sexuality Alliance Drag Show. UAF student Keith Sheard will provide music as DJ Bay Hype. There will also be popcorn and cotton candy provided.

Judging the contestants are ASUAF Senator Ashley Strauch, APO brother Daniel Nero and Bartlett Resident Assistant Ashley Bowen who is looking forward to the talent portion of the event, “I kinda want to see what these guys their talent is. I think that will be exciting.” Known talents include muscle flexing, musical performance and ribbon dancing.

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