South African man wins 2010 Mr. Gay World competition


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A South African man has won the 2010 Mr. Gay World pageant, beating rivals from Australia, Hong Kong, China and Spain, the organizers announced Sunday.

Van den Berg

Charl Van den Berg, 28, who runs a restaurant in Cape Town, won after four days of competition finished with a walk down a fashion runaway in an Oslo nightclub dressed in skimpy swimwear and various costumes, reports AFP.

The competition is aimed at “finding a leader who can take on the responsibility of being a spokesman for the community and who can also speak out on equality and human rights on the world stage,” a statement said.

Xiaodai Muyi, 26, from China and who took fourth place, competed despite Beijing’s attempts to prevent him doing so.

Apart from in South Africa, homosexuality is illegal across Africa.

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