Calling all drag artists and fans across the country! A national gay drag pageant is finally here.
Enigma von Hamburg, avid beauty queen and former Miss Gay Western Cape, recently launched her new venture, Miss Drag South Africa (PTY) Ltd, in Cape Town at Zero21 Social Club.
“This will be an annual national pageant where we will have finalists competing from all over South Africa,” said von Hamburg.
“Miss Drag South Africa will be more than just a beauty pageant or modelling competition, it will aim to espouse the Miss World motto ‘Beauty with a purpose’ and advocate the advancement of LGBTQA+ rights.”
She explained that the pageant will be a vehicle “to educate our communities, to respect and show tolerance towards people from diverse sexual orientation, cultural, religious and racial backgrounds”.
Von Hamburg added: “I am of the opinion that deconstructing and breaking down the barriers of shame and intolerance are important steps in creating a just and equitable society.”
At the launch, she announced that the pageant will be held in a different province every year. The first event will take place on Saturday, 8 July 2017 in Cape Town.
If you would like to enter the pageant or to become a sponsor, email von Hamburg at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also download an entry form from the Miss Drag South Africa Facebook page.
Entries close in the first week of February.