Nick Fruend is a 28-year-old Missouri native. Born and raised in Troy Missouri, he moved to Springfield for 6 years where his performing career began. Under the moniker Jace Highland, he went on to capture the titles of Mr. Latin Vibe, Mr. Springfield and Mr. Greater Ozarks Pride. During a turn about charity event, the persona of Janessa Highland was born. Janessa went on to capture the titles of Miss Cosmopolitan USofA, Miss Southeast Missouri America and represented Springfield at the Miss Gay Missouri Pageant as the first alternate to Miss Gay Springfield America. Janessa also served as the show director at Martha's Vineyard before moving to St. Louis. Upon arriving in St. Louis Janessa accepted the position as show director at Rehab Bar and Grill. During her tenure at Rehab Janessa captured the titles of Miss Bastille and Miss Show-Me States USofA and represented Missouri at the National Miss Gay USofA Pageant. After 2 years at Rehab, Janessa joined the cast of La Cage Aux Foxes at the Grey Fox Pub. She captured the title of Missouri All American Goddess going on to compete at the National All American Goddess Pageant. Janessa is the current Miss Gay St. Louis America, the preliminary she represented at Miss Gay Missouri America when she was crowned the 45th MIss Gay Missouri. Winning Presentation, On Stage Question and Talent. Janessa performs regularly at venues across the state including Martha's Vineyard, The Capital City Cinema, Throwbacks Bar and Grill, The Grey Fox, The Bastille, Bubby and Sissy's and many more. Janessa will be representing Missouri at the National Miss Gay America Pageant this October as well as overseeing the 13 city preliminaries to Miss Gay Missouri America 2019. Please support her journey and show her support by purchasing any of the Janessa Highland merchandise on our website.