Lady Baronessa, also known as The Lady Baroness Maria Andrea del Santiago, was the illusion of Carmel Santiago who was an entertainer originally from Puerto Rico and was later based in Chicago, Illinois. Following his crowning as Miss Gay America in 1974, Lady Baronessa stayed very involved with the system. 1n 1990, he was featured on the “Sally Jessy Raphael Show” where he continued to promote Miss Gay America. Lady Baronessa was very well respected and loved in the gay community and her passing in 1992 left a void in the entertainment industry.
Miss Gay America 1974
(Glass Menagerie – Nashville, Tennessee)
Miss Gay Illinois America 1973
Prelim to Miss Gay America
Lady Baroness and Friends