A 37-year-old from Dublin has won an international beauty contest and now refers to himself as “Mr Gay World.”

Max Krzyzanowski competed in tasks such as a photo shoot, beating 19 others vying for the title.

Other titles awarded included Mr Swimwear and Mr Photogenic.

In true Miss World style, he hoped his win will bring hope to gays everywhere and had a message for the world’s youth.

“Mr Gay World is an extraordinary opportunity to bring together the entire gay community across the world,” Mr Krzyzanowski said. 

“It is easy to forget that being gay is still punishable by death in many countries. This is a unique opportunity for me to create awareness of gay issues on a worldwide scale.

“I am deeply honoured to win for Ireland and aware of the commitment and responsibilities that follow.

“My first message is to young people – it is time to stop being afraid. We are our own judges. If you fear the judgment of others you will never reach your true potential.”

The event was held in Whistler, Canada.

This was the first year of Mr Gay World.

Organisers claim the contest will “identify leaders who will take responsibility of being a spokesperson not only in his own community but on a global stage speaking out for equal and human rights.

“MGW is a positive role model and will work on humanising being gay in the media both queer and mainstream.”