Pic: Gareth Vos
Two drag queens have successfully hiked up (and down) Lion’s Head in Cape Town in heels to raise awareness about the impact of bullying.
Drag sisters Sasha Le Strange and Kimmy LeStrange made their way up the Cape Town mountain on Saturday afternoon on behalf of the PWR Project: a registered non-profit organisation that creates awareness around bullying and discrimination, particularly among South African youth.
Their message was that “no mountain can drag them down” and “as insurmountable as your circumstances may seem, know that you are unique and you are able to conquer them.”
The hike saw around 30 people gathering to support the initiative while locals and tourists on the mountain were amazed to see the duo hiking. Sasha and Kimmy handed out flyers to passersby, interacted with other hikers and answered questions about the project.
It took them around an hour and 15 minutes to reach the top. “It was challenging, it was very challenging,” Sasha told Mambaonline. “But we made it to the top – and down – in heels!”
“As we were walking past, people were gasping and were really shocked that we were doing this. People don’t expect to see two drag queens on a Saturday afternoon on a hike, up a mountain,” she laughed.
“I thought it would be easier climbing down than up, but actually it was not. And when we were climbing down it was getting dark,” said Sasha, who is a finalist in the upcoming Miss Drag South Africa.
Karl Hildebrandt, PWR Project Chairperson, believes the initiative was a success even if just measured by the exposure that it received. “It got a lot of people talking and asking what was happening,” he said. “It also promoted acceptance and showed that just because we are different, or because we do things a little more over the top, doesn’t mean we can’t achieve what we set out to do.”
Hildebrandt hopes to grow the organisation so that it can embark on projects such as “going out to schools and doing motivational talks; promoting individuality and assisting those that really need help.” For more information, visit the PWR Project Facebook page.