West Hollywood, California (January 24, 2008) – 20 sexy, intelligent, globally conscious, and physically fit men took over Hollywood last night representing countries like Germany, Brazil, the UK, and Ireland to discover who would be named International Mr. Gay (IMG).
Carlos Fabian Melia (“Mr. Gay Argentina”) was awarded over $10,000 in cash and prizes when he was named not only “Mr. Photogenic,” but ultimately bestowed the night’s highest honor, “International Mr. Gay.”
The standing room only event took place at the Music Box (Henry Fonda Theater) located at 6125 Hollywood Boulevard on Sunday January 20th, 2008.
The house was packed with over 500 eager onlookers, supporters, and celebrities who enjoyed more than just the “eye-candy” segment of the delegates modeling Andrew Christian swimwear, but also a series of dance numbers, as choreographed by red-hot LA based choreographer, Red Savage, a dress suit segment, and the ever important, judges question segment.
From brains to braun the delegates were also judged during indoor/outdoor contests held in the 3 days prior to the event. For more info, click on MrGayCompetition.com.
The competition searches beyond looks and abs to identify one man with the individual flair and intelligence to serve as a successful role model in confronting gay stereotypes.
This year’s IMG winner, Carlos Fabian Melia (Mr. Gay Argentina), not only possesses model good looks, but also holds a bachelors degree in Business, and spends his extra time with fundraising efforts in his country.
“I hope that we can one day come together in this world and fight a different cause and leave homophobia behind us,” Melia offered with hope.
The 3rd Annual IMG also featured HERO Award recipient Nikolai Alexeyev, the organizer of the Moscow Pride march that was attacked in 2006 and again in 2007 as the Moscow police watched.
Alexeyev said he never thought he’d receive an award in Hollywood, but is now armed with even more confidence to continue breaking down barriers in his country.
Complete list of winners:
International Mr. Gay 2008 is Argentina (Carlos Fabian Melina)
1st Runner Up is Venezuela (Juan Bracho)
2nd Runner Up is UK (Mark Edward Carter)
Swimwear is Venezuela (Juan Bracho)
Mr. Popular – most online votes went to Brazil (Mark Edward Carter)
Mr. Congeniality is USA (Josh Robers)
Mr. Philanthropy is Cuba (Iran Montego)
Mr. Photogenic is Argentina (Carlos Fabian Melina)
IMG competition benefits Noble Beast Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) which depends on donations to support the Foundation’s Mission, which is to “Advocate International Equal Rights by confirming the essential nature and contributions of gay men to a healthy society.”