Robert 'Sandy Beach' Hitchen With Miss’d America 2010
Miss Michelle Dupree (Scott Cooper) And Erika Schiff

Get ready for an Empire like you’ve never seen before. At a press conference yesterday, Miss’d America Pageant officials, GLBT Alliance Board members, tourism officials, and others announced details for the 2011 Miss’d America Pageant to take place on Sunday, January 16, beginning at 8 p.m. in Atlantic City’s Historic Boardwalk Hall. The theme of 2011’s pageant will be Boardwalk Empress, with set details and production numbers to mimic a 1920’s Atlantic City speakeasy, and will feature Erika Schiff and the Miss’d America Dancers, as well as many former Miss’d Americas. Carson Kressley, host of ABC’s “True Beauty” and Bravo’s “Queer Eye For The Straight Guy,” will serve as host, along with co-host Robert "Sandy Beach" Hitchen and Miss’d America 2010 Miss Michelle Dupree (Scott Cooper). Judges of the pageant were also announced (with more to be announced at a later date). They include: Michael Musto – New York’s Village Voice, entertainment reporter and returning judge Vicki Gold Levi – Atlantic City Historian and author Diane Mitchell – Radio personality, 95.1 WAYV, and returning judge Mark Segal – Editor of the Philadelphia Gay News and returning judge. A contest search is now open through Monday, November 15, 2010 for the next Miss’d America. Competition categories include swimsuit, evening gown, talent and judges’ interview. Eight contestants will be chosen.

Along with the crown, the 2011 Miss’d America winner will receive $1,000, a three day/four night getaway, and other prizes. She will be available for multiple appearances throughout her reigning year. For questions or more information on becoming a Miss’d America contestant, contact Joel Ballesteros at or 609-214-7607.

The last Miss’d America Pageant raised $30,000 for charity. At yesterdays press conference, 2011’s charities were named and include:

The National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce Broadway Cares, Equity Fights AIDS The Mazzoni Center – Philadelphia South Jersey AIDS Alliance Schultz-Hill Scholarship Foundation

2011 Miss’d America Pageant

Tickets for the Miss’d America Pageant are available beginning October 23 at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations,, or by phone at 800-736-1420. Ticket prices are $100, $65 and $35.

The Miss’d America Pageant is presented by the Greater Atlantic City GLBT Alliance ( and Schultz-Hill Scholarship Foundation ( Sponsors include: Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority, Tropicana Casino & Resort, Harrah’s Entertainment, Trump Entertainment Resorts, Bacardi, of Atlantic City, Atlantic City Weekly, Philadelphia Gay News, Village Voice, and Washington Blade.
For more information, contact Larry Sieg, Miss’d America Pageant marketing chairperson, at 609-449-7129. And, find the pageant on Facebook at Facebook/Miss’