Dressed from head to toe in gems and feathers, Sean Glasson took to the stage for this year’s Miss Gay Australia International.
Performing as Ashley Maddison, Mr Glasson was delighted to finish first runner-up in the beauty pageant at St Kilda Town Hall in Melbourne.
He also won the Best in Evening Gown title on the day, dressed in a sheer maroon dressing gown and bejewelled dress.
Competing against eight others, contestants embraced the theme of ‘Goddess’ or ‘Queen’ — for which Mr Glasson chose the Greek Goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite.
‘‘The transsexuals usually go all out, but my costume including an ostrich feather head-dress and feather printed body suit stood out on the gay side,’’ Mr Gleeson, 19, said.
The Mooroopna-born communications student has been performing as Ashley Maddison for more than 18 months, first inspired by seeing other drag queens perform at clubs.
Mr Glasson also credits a supportive upbringing and school life at Mooroopna Secondary College for his success so far.
‘‘The first thing that drew me in was a chance to help co-write and co-direct the Year 12 performance called Come Fly With Me. That was my first taste of this life,’’ Mr Glasson said.
‘‘I’m an artist, my mum is an artist and so is my grandma. I have been surrounded by it.
‘‘I love turning myself into the art.’’
Mr Glasson is already looking forward to next year’s beauty pageant, confident he can take out the crown.
‘‘The first runner-up tends to take out the crown the following year — so we’ll see,’’ he said.