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A whirlwind of international pageants, oh, my!

Melania Cortez of Atlanta, formerly of Washington, N.C. (not D.C.), is named Miss Photogenic at Miss International Queen in Nov. 2007.
Happy New Year, boys and girls! Thanks for coming back to my little spot on the page where we talk about drag pageants and such. There are so many exciting things going on at this time of the year!

I’ll open by telling you some good news — the “Pageant” movie that features Victoria Parker, Chantel Reshae, Victoria DePaula, Coti Collins, and Alina Maletti will premiere at the 14th Annual Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on Jan. 19 and 22, 2008. I’m told one of my favorite former Misses Gay America, Hot Chocolate, also appears. This is big news for these queens. I guess they’ll be all over the talk shows, too — just like the girls from Trantasia. Piggy Parker was also seen in that one, you know.

Speaking of Chocolate, did you see him (Larry Edwards) in your local newspaper on Dec. 1? He was part of the 3rd Annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run and was seen in papers all around the world, including the good ole Charlotte Observer.

You know, I owe the folks over at Crave in Velocity a huge apology. I never did mention my involvement in late Sept. for the first “Queer View” that they taped. They continue to have this talk-show type set-up with different folks from the community. Show director Sabrina Love and house-cast member Sierra Santana asked me to be the first guest, so I got all dolled up and went out to discuss different pageants that I’d gone to and/or judged. They presented me with a lovely tennis bracelet and just really treated an old bitch good. Then Miss Tracy Morgan passed and it kinda threw everything into a tailspin. At least now the record is straight and I hope they are having success with this different type of programming. Thanks, ladies, for having me!

As for recent pageants, let’s talk about Miss U.S.ofA. — we have a new Miss OK by the name of Samantha West; Kara Young Ross has already secured her spot to go at it again as Miss Rocky Mountain with RU Diamond from El Paso; and Christina Chase won Wisconsin with RU Jackie Christine. On the Classic side, Dena Cass has won Miss Missouri and Kellie Jo Klein won Wisconsin. Is it true? Will Shae Shae LaReese compete in this contest this year? Rumor has it that she will, along with the names of Maya Douglas and Tommie Ross popping up as well. Time will tell. May is several months away.

Everything else is local news, like the results from Miss Castle At Large down in Greenville, S.C., which Cierra Nichole won, with RUs Michelle Taylor Hines and Aqua St. Mark. I was fortunate enought to go up and judge Miss Club Odyssey again in Winston-Salem. Big Shirli Chappelle Stevenz won with RUs Sandra Lopez (who was painted for the back row, had a lovely up-do on and turned Lena Horne out for talent) and Mo’Nique Chanel. The Jasmine Perry Congeniality Award went to Destiny Storm, Miss Jessica Jade’s daughter, who was also painted and had (of course) lovely hair. It was good to see all the entertainers that night, including Jasmine James, Dorae Saunders, Ariel Knight-Addams, Arabia Knight-Addams celebrating her fifth anniversary as Miss Club Odyssey and Victoria Parker, who was celebrating her 10-year anniversary. Mo’Nique won gown and Biggie won talent, on-stage question and presentation.

Malaysia K. Black is the new Miss Ivan’s, with RUs Sierra Leone and Tyra Couture.

To close out, we have the results from Miss International Queen in Pattaya, Thailand. The winner, who TX’s Erica Andrews crowned, was Tanyarat Jirapatpakon with RUs Aleika Barros and Chanel Madrigal. North Carolina native Melania Cortez was named Most Photogenic.
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