WATCH: Meet Guilherme Souza, Ireland's Representative At Mr Gay World

Guilherme Souza, Mr Gay Ireland and a writer here at GCN, will compete at the Mr Gay World competition starting next week in Cape Town.

Guilherme Souza
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Mr Gay Ireland, Guilherme Souza, has released his promotional video for the upcoming Mr Gay World competition – and it’s filmed right here in the GCN office!

Guilherme Souza, known as Guill, has been part of the writing team here at GCN for several months. He’s been fitting in his stellar reportage for Ireland’s LGBT+ community around preparation for the competition and modelling work for brands including L’Oréal. Next week he’ll be leaving for Cape Town, South Africa, where the Mr Gay World contest begins on Sunday April 28th.

Originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, 25 year-old Guill has been living in Ireland since 2014. Although he misses those he left behind in Brazil, especially his family and his seven bulldogs, he’s glad to be living here. He says he’s excited to be representing the country that has become his home as Mr Gay Ireland.

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So the day has come and I can finally share with all of you that I will be competing in the upcoming Mr Gay World 2019 in South Africa on the 28th of April!! I am so excited about it! It’s been an amazing journey since I became Mr. Gay Ireland, almost like a movie in my head. All the work that I’ve done for the Irish community with @gcnmag supporting me in every step has made me so happy. I am so grateful to represent this amazing country that gave me so much and I am so proud to be part of it. Now the next step will be on the world stage and I cannot wait to show you what I have prepared. It’s gonna be the ultimate GAG!! Thanks Ireland for making my dreams come true 🇮🇪 💚☘️ . 📸 @franciscoranieri 🕴🏽 @insta_greenmachine . . #MrGayWorld2019 #MGW2019 #CapeTown #SouthAfrica #AtThePresident @CityofCT @lovecapetown #CapeTownTourism @CttConnect #LGBTQTravel @TheSocialMediaCompany @gaypagessa @Mambaonline #exitnewspaper #UDataZA @WTM_Africa @IGLTA #GerritPrinslooProductions @XOXOfndn #carstensian #AlanFordProductions #FochvilleTravel @Fochvilleagency #AquaBella #beefcakes #CopperLogistics #mgp #michaelgameplan #mgpskincareformen #niku @Nikuunderwear #nikuunderwearfan

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“I am so grateful to represent this amazing country that gave me so much and I am so proud to be part of it,” he said in a social media statement on the competition.

“Now the next step will be on the world stage and I cannot wait to show you what I have prepared. It’s gonna be the ultimate GAG!! Thanks, Ireland for making my dreams come true.”

He’s proud, he says in his video, of the first article he published in GCN’s print magazine – an opinion piece about his fears over the election of Jair Bolsonaro as President of Brazil. Since publishing that article, his work has gone from strength to strength.

Guill wants to use the Mr Gay World competition, he says, to spread his message across the world: “It’s okay to be the way you are. It’s okay to feel the way you’re feeling. You will be okay.”

Speaking to GCN about the weeks to come, he said “I am delighted to be representing Ireland in Mr Gay World.

“Since I got the title of Mr Gay Ireland, so many things have changed in my life. I’ve felt ready to open up about my issues and realised that I am not alone. It’s okay to look for support and it’s important to help each other.

“Mr Gay World will be a great opportunity to bring my message to a global audience, meet the other delegates and hear their stories. I’m really going to enjoy this once in a lifetime opportunity and making some new friends along the way.

Follow Guilherme Souza on Instagram, @iamguill.

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