Perth man Jordan Bruno has been crowned Mr Gay World 2018, the first time an Australian has won the competition.
Nineteen contestants from around the world took part in the event in Knysna, South Africa at the weekend. The international competition’s stated goal is to find a spokesperson who will push for global equality for LGBTIQ people.
Jordan won six of the possible twelve category awards in the weeklong competition, including the Best Interview, Best Social Responsibility, Best Formalwear, and the online public vote.
“The panel of judges that selected me are role models and mentors of this community, so I’m gonna run with the title they have given me and I’m gonna do my work on an international scale,” Jordan said after his win.
“Try and unite the LGBTI people and hopefully we can make an international change that we can feel across the world.”
Jordan first rose to local fame on Channel Seven cooking competition My Kitchen Rules, but after the show he became a high-profile advocate for marriage equality and mental health. In 2016 launched a cookbook to raise money and awareness of LGBTIQ mental health.
Mr New Zealand 2018, Ricky Devine, was named the first runner-up in the competition.
For the first time in history, Australia has the title of Mr Gay World 2018 🇦🇺🏳️🌈 . Thank you to everyone who voted for me, none of this would of been possible without your tireless support 😭👏🏽 . Let’s change the world 🌏🌈 . @redopiumbysandrarives created my national costume 🤠 . @worldwideaustralia printed all my campaign material 📚 . @faconceptstore sourced all of my clothing 👑 . Possible because of @mrgayprideaus and @yourgaynation 🙌🏽 . #MGW2018 @mgworg
It is an honor to be competing at @mgworg with these gorgeous men! They are all doing amazing social work across the world and I can’t wait to collaborate 😍🇦🇺🏳️🌈 . Meet the contestants: Australia = @jordanbruno.mkr New Zealand = @rickydevine_ Belgium = @jamie_deblieck Chile = @Riv3liz Costa Rica = @miguelrodriguez_officialcr Czech = @luky_grey Portugal = @mrgayportugal Germany = @enriquedoleschy India = @samarpan_mr.gayworldindia2018 Japan = @mrgayjapanshogo Phillipines = @gleekomagpoc Finland = @ramikiiskinen South Africa = @karabo.morake Spain = @mrgayespana2017 Taiwan = @bernd_chen Thailand = @sirenx Mexico = @erickbrunoperez . Thanks for having us saasa_monkeyland @saasa_jukani 🐒🐅🐥 . #MGW2018 #visitknysna #MGW2018 #10thEdition #PinkLoerie18 #CelebrateLife #iFlyMango #hornet #EricButterPhilanthropy #PinkLoerieFoundation
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