Male (Men's or BQ) Face-
"Masculine" (allows groomed
facial hair) vs "Pretty Boy" (smooth and clear complexion). Sometimes "Face" is further divided between "Light and Lovely
vs Brown and Lovely vs Dark and Lovely".
Women's (Female) or FQ Face-
"Painted" (allows makeup)
vs "Unpainted" (no makeup).
Male (Men's or BQ) Body
"Muscular" (body builders) vs
"Model's" (not as beefy- magazine quality).
Women's (Female) or FQ Body-
but sexy) vs "Model's" (swimsuit quality).
Realness- (or at
least hidden). In contrast, "BQ Realness" requires complete camouflage of anything remotely perceived as "gay": you appear
to be a straight man.
role playing down to the smallest of details.
For example, if the category is "FQ Realness", all traces of ones biological maleness must be virtually erased
offers the widest range of creativity
and display. From "Futuristic" to "Fantasy", the objective is to always present an elaborate costume and effect. There are
specific favorites like "Foil vs. Plastic", but often the category is more general in scope.
greatly, with contestants displaying home sewn garments ("Designer's Delight") or high fashion ready-to-wear like Prada or
Gucci ("Labels").Sometimes the contestants are judged solely on their walking ability. In these instances, you are free to
choose any outfit that will make you "feel it".
stylized jazz dancecreated by the african-american gay community, with
its own separate divisions and requirements
usually requires the efforts of 3
or more people per entry. You may have to create a skit or put on some type of production in the theme of the event. Close
attention must be paid to costume, music, props and overall showmanship. This is one of many categories that can bring a ballroom
to its feet, when you consider the lengths that contestants will go to satisfy a frenzied crowd.
Whatever categories are offered, contestants must adhere to the requirements given, to avoid disqualification
or low scoring (getting"chopped") before an eagerly cheering and jeering audience (a vicious"Gong Show", if you will). This
brings about the question of "shade": who's throwing it and how much (see glossary below). Judges can be quite finicky when
it comes to exact interpretation, and its up to the emcee or a head judge to settle disputes that may erupt from time to time.
Generally, everyone's a good sport, but you do get poor losers here and there.
List of Categories
School boi realness
Pretti Boi Realness
Realness w/a twist
Thug boi Realness
Hi Fashion Street wear
Eye, Footwear & Belt
Best Dress Spectator