Ahead of the region’s annual Pride celebrations on 29 November, Nelson Mandela Bay Pride recently crowed its “Queen” for 2014 at Sun International’s Boardwalk Amphitheatre.
Now in its third year, organisers said that the pageant was the largest and biggest-budget LGBT event of its kind to be held in Port Elizabeth.
Ten contestants strutted their stuff in casual clothes, swimwear and spectacular evening gowns, with the title finally going to 24-year-old Vinny Alk Langford.
“I first entered last year but I did not make it. I knew this year the title was mine. I am so pleased with the whole production; everything was a huge success. We had such a loving crowd who made me comfortable,” Langford, who won prizes to the value of R20,000, told the Herald.
Sasha-Lee Tyler, 27, was named the first runner-up, while Rolinda Hay, 38, scored the second runner up title.
The event was hosted by CheyRouge, with entertainment provided by Cape Town drag star Odidiva.
“We are extremely proud of the event. We had comments from Capetonian and Gauteng visitors after the show who said that Cape Town and Johannesburg have nothing on us,” NMB Pride’s Hanro Manefeldt told Mambaonline.
The NMB Pride Music Festival & Parade takes place at the Boardwalk Lawns in Port Elizabeth on 29 November, from 11am to 7pm. Entrance is R30. The parade starts at 4pm, from inside the festival area.