Juan Pinnick does it!! Wins Mr Gay World Southern Africa
When were your crowned Mr Gay World Southern Africa?
The Crowning was on the 23rd September at the Atterbury Theater in Pretoria
What was the criteria regarding the judging?
We were judged on the following:
A written Test, the use of Social Media, formal wear, swimwear, a photo challenge, an interview, a sport challenge, a social campaign challenge and online voting.
Who formed part of the judging table?
Rubin van Niekerk from the Gay Pages, Luiz de Barros from MambaOnline, Derick Tait from Fortis Hotels and Lasizwe Dambuza, a South African Internet personality, actor, model and influencer – just to name a few.
Were you nervous throughout the competition?
I have worked very hard on my campaigns and I’ve been doing them for a while, I’m also very passionate about what I do, so I felt I had an upper hand to most of the contestants. There were a few who were just as driven and passionate as me, which was unsettling!
Your feelings in terms of winning…
I felt a lot more advanced in my journey. I wasn’t trying to discover myself in the competition! I knew my goal and worked towards it! I did however make some lifelong friends on the journey and will be in contact and working closely with a few of them!
Describe the feeling when you were announced the winner.
When I heard my name, I felt numb, then the tears started rolling, a feeling of AWE… The feeling of being so proud yet humbled at the same time!
Some interesting facts about Juan…
He was raised by his father
He is a HUGE Lord of the Rings fan
He considers himself really bad at spelling
One of his photos were featured on National Geographic website
GETIT Bloemfontein July 2018