Oh, guys and gals, it’s that time of the month again when we talk pageantry. Time just flies, even when you’re not having fun, but staying busy regardless. Miss Della has had no famous road trip this summer except to the glorious NC mountains. But, the time’s coming soon, trust me. Let’s chit-chat about some contests that have taken place already and also a couple that are coming up.

Buff Faye, left, hostess of “The Wizard of Oz
Sing-A-Long” at Spirit Square that I mentioned in
the last Rag along with the retired Sierra Santana, playing the Wicked Witch of the West.
Photo Credit: © SJ Photography

I forgot to mention in the last column, after I brought up the results from All-American Goddess, the lovely tribute they did to the late, great Arabia Knight-Addams who had qualified to compete, of course. An announcement was also made that an achievement award will be given out in her name for her work in the drag community and in the larger gay community, as well, regarding HIV & AIDS care and prevention. I sure miss that queen. Before I move on, did I mention that Brooke Divine-Storm LaReese is the new A-AG promoter for NC? The NC contest will take place in the fall of this year, then the At-Large in the following pageant season.

I had the chance to judge Miss Pride Charlotte recently and what a good contest! It was good to see all the formers come out, especially Cinnamen and Dorae Saunders since I’d not seen them in so long. But, yes, Angela Lopez and Felicia Monet were in the house as well and Elaine Davis was on-hand to relinquish her title. Cierra Nicole did a lovely job with a Katy Perry song (“Wide Awake”) that I now live for, so thanks for that introduction, sis. Anyway, London Dior won and her runners-up were Brooke Divine-Storm LaReese, Malaysia Black and Skylar Monet. Thanks, as always, to Tiffany Diahann Carroll Lovejoy Storm for the lovely introduction/bio. I don’t even write one anymore.

In other systems, we have Cynthia Lee Fontaine winning the most recent Miss TX Continental and Jazelle Barbie Royalle won Miss All-Star in Orlando at Revolution. On the EOY scene, Margeaux Powell won Miss KY with RU Evonka Tration and Ashley Kruiz won FL Regional with RU Joanna James. The new Miss Arizona U.S.ofA. at Large is Kayla Krawford with runners-up Sophia Sinclair and Winnie Goezinya.

By the time Kirby Kolby arrives for Miss NC America in early August, she will have already travelled to so many Miss Gay America prelims with more on the horizon! Some recent qualifiers include VA, Jazmen Diamond and Patti Lovelace; FL, Victoria DuPuis and Essence T. Van Cartier; PA, Cloti Rodriguez and Versace Couture; OH, Selena Terrac and Honey Below; and Atlantic States, Araya Sparxx and Eclipse B. Childs.

And, speaking of Miss NC America, I have some catching up to do! Competing on the weekend of Aug. 9-12 at Scorpio, we’ll see Miss Greensboro Ivory Jade, Miss Greenville Nellie Bottoms with RU Felicia Monet, Miss Capital City Ariel Knight-Addams and RU Amiyah DuPree-Iman and Miss Hickory Victoria Victors and RU Phoenix D. I had the chance to attend the Miss Central Carolina America that Brooke Divine-Storm LaReese put on at Chasers and was able to see Miss Tara Storm relinquish her title. Paris Nicole Brooks won and her RU was our new Alabama transplant, Miss Phoxie Roxx. That evening, I was able to visit with out-of-town judges Ebbony Addams (a former Miss NC U.S.ofA.) and Jessica Blair Lords, as well as our locals on the panel — Miss NC U.S.ofA. Jamie Monroe, Chip Matthews, the Divas America promoter Macy Alexander and SC U.S.ofA. promoter Carl Caulder.

Let’s plan on going out to a night (or all 4!) of Miss NC America and see the formers who show up, as well as to see what the contestants have prepared for us. It’s always a blast to see the drag fans who come out of the woodwork for this function. I know I have been going since the early ’90s. Maybe I’ll spot Tasha Michaels or Kelly Raye in the audience, and if I get real lucky, maybe Melissa Montgomery will grace us with her presence. Stage presence, that is — something she could teach classes in! See y’all there! : :

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