Drag queens from across South Africa will soon be able to strut their stuff on a national stage.
On Sunday, the Miss Drag SA pageant was launched in Cape Town, by drag diva Enigma Von Hamburg.
She says there isn’t an annual national pageant for the LGBTI community and men who impersonate females.
“There has never been an annual event, people do once-off shows,”she explains.
“But I bought the rights to this pageant and there will be finalists from across South Africa.”
She says there’ll be 16 finalists in the pageant, from the Western Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Northern Cape.
“The aim is to get it to the level of Miss SA, and to break down barriers as well, like Manila (Von Teez) has done in SA’s Got Talent, and show South Africans what the LGBTI community stands for,” says Enigma.
She is still in negotiations with sponsors but says the pageant will include a cash prize and loads of other kwaai prizes as well.
“I’ve been in the pageant business for eleven years and it’s not something I take lightly,”she adds.
“I’m in discussions with regional pageants like Miss Gay Western Cape, Miss Gay Johannesburg, Miss Gay Port Elizabeth and Durban, so that their winners will be finalists in Miss Drag SA.”
The finalists will be announced in March 2017 and Enigma aims to showcase the inaugural Miss Drag SA on 1 July 2017 at a Cape Town venue still to be confirmed.