Val Vita | Collegio Writer
Corbin Kroenke was dressed like the other 14 men in the dressing room next to the Crimson and Gold Ballroom. He had on lipstick and eye shadow, and he was wearing a colorful, low-cut dress. Kroenke says the black socks and men’s shoes were for comfort.
“This is to keep it casual,” said Kroenke, junior in automotive technology.
Kroenke and the others were competing in Mr. Cinderfella, a male beauty pageant organized by Alpha Sigma Alpha. Jakey Dobbs, junior in communication and event coordinator for Mr. Cinderfella, says the pageant raises money for the Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation, which supports educational and leadership programs, academic scholarships and assists children with developmental disabilities at the S. June Smith Center. Dobbs says the event raised $1,000 this year.
Kroenke says he participated in the pageant to represent his fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha.
“No one else was going to do it,” Kroenke said. “So I said, ‘Whatever, I’ll put a dress on.’”
Three judges scored the contestants in three categories: swimsuit competition, question and answer, and talent. Dobbs says the contestants had varying talents, ranging from choreographed dances, poetry, singing, yoga and one of the contestants even “unsolved” a Rubik’s cube.
Jacob Mendez won the event, thanks in part to an exotic performance of “Rolling on the River,” that involved singing and dancing.
“I knew I was going to win right from the beginning,” said Mendez, senior in history. “I was positive.”
Mendez says he competed in the event four years ago, but at that time he was very shy.
“This year I was better prepared,” Mendez said.
Kolton Cuba, another contestant, says he had some support from the audience.
“A lot of my friends are here to watch,” said Cuba, freshman in marketing. “And to laugh.”
Cuba says he was wearing women’s clothes for the first time and it felt weird.
“You have to cross your legs and everything,” Cuba said.
Logan Qualls says he was also uncomfortable while wearing a shiny, golden dress.
“I thought it would be fun,” said Qualls, freshman in psychology education. “And I love entertaining people, so I decided to participate this year.”
Dobbs says one of the best parts of Mr. Cinderfella is that it makes the audience laugh.
“It’s always a very fun event,” said Dobbs.