I’ll start off with a big ole Howdeeeeeeeeeee! to honor the likes of Minnie Pearl from the “Hee Haw” days. If you grew around these parts, I don’t have to go any further.

I’m back from Chicago and with Continental tea, and I’m pleased as punch with the results. My good sister Armani from back in the day won and I could not be any happier for the gal. I remember judging her when she won Miss Krash when it was still in Queens, NYC and I think she’ll be a phenomenal Miss Continental. Armani’s runners-up were Mokha Montrese, Naysha Lopez, Kym Moore and Aurora Sexton (who looked like a baby Mimi Marks — gorgeous!) Others in the Top 13 this year included Tiffany McCray (1st RU at Elite in April), Tiffany Hunter, Rachel Mykels, Alyssa Edwards, Sunni Deelite, Chantel DeMarco, Kourtney P. Van Wales, and a stunning newcomer, Gizelle Barbie Royale. Preliminary awards went to Armani for Interview, Mokha won Talent, Naysha won Swimsuit and Sunni won Gown. Producers Awards went to Jim DeMundo, Dana Douglas (on her 24th anniversary of winning Miss Continental) and Jeanette Valentino. That same weekend, Christopher Iman (a former Mr. NC Continental) won Mr. Continental.

As we go to press, 12 contestants have shown up for Miss NC America. We’ll talk all about it in the next Rag. And speaking of Miss America prelims, I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed being with our reigning Miss, Victoria DePaula, when she was in town for Miss Mid-East. Promoter Mike Rhinehart had all kinds of entertainers in town for ‘the function,’ including Shawn Tyler Andrews, Angelica Dust, Jessica Jade, former MGA Luscious, former MGA Dominique Sanchez, former MGA Maya Montana and former MGA Rachael Erikks. Tatiyanna Voché ended up winning and her RU is China Collins. Best wishes to both these fine impersonators at MGA this fall. Other prelim qualifiers include Miss FL Monica Mohr with RU Jelitza Fearce, Miss Western States Saché Van Cartier, Miss TX Onyx and RU Trecenia St. James, Miss Central States Nikki Stevens, Miss Tri-States Deja Brooks, Miss IL Mariah Candy, Miss La. Cassidy St. James, Miss Arkansas Christina Saxton and Miss TN Anita Cocktail.

On the local level, there have been two more prelims to Miss NC U.S.ofA. Brooke Divine tells me at Wilmington, her sister Ebony Addams was looking better than ever and wants to compete again in an entertainer’s contest (that would allow a sex-change to compete, of course). Doug McAlister had his 17th anniversary Miss Cosmopolitan at Night Owls recently and London Dior won that with RU Jayda Clyne from Minnesota. The next prelim will be at Hairspray in Asheville on Oct. 8. Brooke was also just in North Augusta, Ga., to relinquish her title of Miss Augusta II, which Petite de Jonville oversees. Brandonna Dupree won and her RUs were Malaysia Black and Lauren Alexander.

As for myself, I’m planning a trip to Indianapolis to be with my junior high sister Tajma Hall as she relinquishes her second national title of Miss U.S.ofA. at Large and I’ve been spending quality time with my good sister Jessica Raye and her husband Nick as they are in town on a work assignment. In fact, we just got in from destroying a buffet earlier. See you sometime soon as I go around sniffing out pageants and dark-skinned honeys.

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