Photo: Larry English Photography
The 10 finalists who will compete for the title of Miss Drag South Africa 2019 have been announced. The aim of this annual ‘drag with purpose’ pageant is to “celebrate diversity,” say the organisers.
Pageant Director Enigma Von Hamburg explains that “the brand acts as an inclusive pageant for drag queens, gender queer and trans bodies.”
It aims, she says, “to inspire ordinary people that carry out extraordinary things to advocate the advancement of LGBTQIA+ rights, drag culture, serve as agents for change and uplift their communities by serving as positive role models.”
The annual Miss Drag South Africa Glam Camp took place on the first weekend in May 2019, where the finalists were revealed to the public.
The 10 finalists are (from left to right in the image above): Miss Emogen Moore, Miss Zoe Cox, Miss Anastasia K Boney, Miss Laylah Zukofa Khan, Miss Belinda Qaqamba Ka-Fassie, Miss Vuyokazi Mbutho, Miss Cuttie Seoka, Miss Kem Blank, Miss Demi Rene and Miss Chante Herries.
Miss Drag South Africa kicked off as a national competition in 2017, which saw Zilin Ayoki crowned as the inaugural winner. Following in her footstep and the reigning queen for 2018, Miss Vicky, from the friendly city, Port Elizabeth.
Miss Drag South Africa will next head to Gauteng where the 2019 finalists will battle it out for the prestigious crown in Pretoria in October
“With hard work and dedication, our winners are carefully adjudicated throughout the year,” says Von Hamburg, “making sure that the best of the best is elected and chosen, to carry the title forward, making a notable change, and upholding our highest value: To drag with a purpose!”
Miss Drag South-Africa takes place at the Pretoria State Theatre, Gauteng on Friday 04 October 2019. Tickets will be available on WebTickets from 01 June 2019 at R180.00 per person.