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by Miss Della .ContributingWriter
From blizzards and beyond — it’s way too fiin!
Oh kids, time draweth nigh and my column
is due once again. My, my, my — what shall we
discuss this time? A pageant in a blizzard?
Rescuing Coco Couture’s and her friend’s things
from a car with no keys? (Thank goodness I
bought this year’s membership with AAA after
all). One never knows what will be encountered
in the wonderful world of pageantry, right?
And, speaking of Asheville queens, hats off
this time to my Cherokee sis Vivica Dupree
who won all categories at Miss Asheville
Sweetheart. Her runners-up were Manhattan
and Giselle St. James (Jacqueline’s daughter,
who was there to support and dance for dear
daughter). Another Sweetheart contest was
recendy held at Warehouse 29. Cherries Jubilee
won Talent and the crown. Her RUs Included
Sassi Stevenz (who won Creative Presentation),
Felicity Brylette (winning Creative Evening
Gown) and Vanessa Cottrell.
Shame on me for not mentioning that there
was a screening of “Pageant” in Adanta not long
ago at the Plaza Theatre with Bubba D. Licious
and the Lady Bunny hosting. Sure wish it
would come to the Queen City! One star of the
movie, Victoria Parker, was recendy on L. A.
Talk Radio talking about the movie and
“RuPaul’s Drag Race.” I’m sure that was a holler!
In national pageantry prelim news, congrats
are going out to Jodie Santana who recendy won
Miss Missouri Continental Elite. Trinity Taylor of
Birmingham, AL just won Great Lakes EOY and
was crowned by the national tideholder, Nina
West (last year’s winner of the same prelim).
Hats off to Michigan’s Natalie Cole who was
recendy crowned the newest Miss Unlimited in
Hickory. Her RUs were Alexis Nicole Whitney
and our Miss NC, Qulndyn “Q” Campbell.
On the U.S.ofA. scene, we have aplenty to
report on. Our Miss At Large, Tajma Hall, tells
me that she and the other national tideholders
had the red carpet rolled out for them recendy in
Las Vegas for the Sin City prelims. Royal treat
ment does not even begin to describe the things
these ladies enjoyed. I’m told — private shows,
VIP soirees and lovely seats to see the “real” Miss
America pageant! Apparendy, the promoter
Stephan has all the right connections. Naomi St.
James won with RU Alina Maletti. April Reign
won the At Large with RU Alexis Nicole Whitney.
Amber Nixx won the Classic. All kinds of lovely
Texas girls in the mix. A big shoutout to my sis
Victoria LePaige who just won
Miss Arizona — this three-time former national
tide-holder has her eyes on another rhin^tone
prize. Get it, girl! Kudos also go out to the new
Miss AL Tiffany Rachels, Miss EL Natasha
Braxton with RUs Dorae Saunders and
Josephine (O’Hara) Andrews, Miss NJ Sahara
Davenport and Miss OK Mya Mokha Iman.
And, let us not forget the Mother Nature’s
nightmare that was Miss NC! It started out with
interviews at the host hotel and a great show at
Scorpio that night, featuring formers Tiffany
Bonet (celebrating her 10th anniversary),
Jessica Jade, Versage, plus Miss NC U.S.ofA. At
Large Eden Parque Divine (my first time seeing
this lovely queen) and the outgoing Miss NC,
Cierra Nichole. Then Kara Young-Ross flew in,
her bags were delayed and it just all kinda went
downhill from there for a litde while. There
were rumors of postponing the pageant, but a
few dedicated folks pulled it off minus a few
contestants and most everyone else but the die-
hards (including myself). Brooke Divine won
Interview with a perfect score and Talent (and
the crown, too, obviously) and Raven Wood
won Gown and was named 1st RU. Other con
testants included 2nd RU Cheetah Shaw and
Briana Love. Everyone involved that evening
deserves a big thank you and a pat on the back
for taking part, even Alana D. Steele and her
gang from Indy who participated when folks
from just right around the corner were com
plaining and criticizing. This is show business,
folks, and the show must go on!
And, speaking of Tiffany Bonet, she told me
the Sweethearts of XTC show at Warehouse 29
(that I missed at the last minute) was fantastic.
Paris LeBon emceed. The place was packed by
10:30 pm. I’m told in the audience that one
could spy former NC legends of the stage like
Sammera Stevens, Candace Corday and Tiffany
Wellington. Wow — sorry I did miss it!
Let’s make a trip to the gorgeous NC
mountains for the U.S.ofA. pageants in
Asheville at Scandals, featuring all the nation
al titleholders including Kara Young-Ross,
Tajma Hall, Shae Shae LaReese, plus our fierce
Mr. U.S.ofA. Ram Crawford, Miss Texas Leyla
Edwards O’Hara (my little baby), plus Regine
Phillips, Coco Couture, the hott Wendy
Williams, and more. Road trip! I
info: Drop me a line,OK? .The TeaHissD@yahoo.com
2325 Burnett Blvd.
20 MARCH 21 .2009* QNotes