Klaus Burkart, crowned Mr Gay World 2015, has stepped down seven months after winning the title, citing ‘personal changes.’
21-year-old Burkart from Germany announced his resignation on the Mr Gay World website: ‘When I entered the 2015 Mr Gay World competition in South Africa I thought that becoming Mr Gay World was the biggest challenge of my life… Indeed it is very challenging and exciting winning the title, but what is more challenging is living up to the expectations, responsibilities and duties that come along with it.’
Burkart was crowned the winner of Mr Gay World in Knysna in May. ‘Being Mr Gay World and serving the community has filled me with pride and joy,’ Burkart continued.
‘I had the opportunity to travel to different places and meet many members and friends of the LGBTI community – their positive feedback showed me that my mission had a true meaning and that the efforts of Mr Gay World are relevant and important.
Facing this great experiences I’m very sad to announce that due to personal changes in my life I will no longer be able to live up to the expectations and serve the community to the extent that the title requires to do so. This is why – with great sadness – I’m stepping down from the title Mr Gay World 2015.’
First runner-up, Emmanuel Mass Luciano of Hong Kong (pictured left), will take his place, becoming the first Mr Gay World from Asia. The fashion designer, stylist and blogger, says he likes cuddling with his dog, going out with friends and meeting new people.
Speaking about his successor, Burkart wrote on Facebook, “I know he will be a great representative for our community, who will put all his heart and passion into his reign.”