Miss Drag SA 2018/19 Talks to Queerlife
The Miss Drag SA Pageant was launched by the unstoppable Queen Enigma von Hamburg in Stellenbosch in 2017. The second Miss Drag SA Pageant was held at a sold-out Opera House in Port Elizabeth on 29th September 2018, with Queens from all nine provinces competing. Port Elizabeth resident Miss Vicky snatched the crown. We had a few questions for her.
QL: Who are you when you are not Miss Vicky?
I’m just Vinny outside my drag persona, a very hard-working professional hairstylist. I love spending time with my family and loved ones, which includes my boyfriend of course.
QL: Tell us something unexpected about yourself
I love sleeping when I get some me-time. I’m actually someone that enjoys being indoor rather than out clubbing or partying. However, I love attending events especially supporting projects that have meaning, which uplift and empower a community.
QL: What item in your closet can you not live without?
My black jeans which go with pretty much every clothing item in my closet. And of course my little tight glittery black dress is always a winner for a perfect summer evening event.
QL: What’s in your handbag?
Always loose powder for my face, lip-gloss and nail glue in case of an emergency. Most definitely perfume and last but not least my cell phone which must always be fully charged as you never know when you might walk into a big gig or for networking purposes.
QL: When did you discover your inner drag?
At the age of 16 is when I saw drag queens for the first time and I was intrigued. I then started to explore and embrace my inner diva.
QL: What was the first title and how many pageants have you won?
This takes me way back to the year I won Miss Kleinskool which is a small township in Port- Elizabeth. I have participated in a number of pageants, which in most cases I was fortunate to be crowned queen and in some instances princess, but to be exact I’ve won about 20 pageant titles. The fun factor has always been more important to me as it allows me to escape from my daily routine.
QL: Who is your inspiration or role model?
I’m inspired by a variety of individuals that in some or the other way inspire me to be a better human being. I have a vivid imagination, which is where I draw my inspiration and creativity from as well.
QL: Which famous person, dead or alive, would you like
to have dinner with and why?
Most definitely Mama Ru! RuPaul has become an inspiration to many across the world and for me he embodies the true meaning of DRAG. I’m not too sure if we would ever be able to enjoy the meal as I would have so many questions for him.
QL: What is the most attractive feature of a man?
Well-groomed men with great haircuts and facial hair, just like my special person.
QL: What’s the most attractive feature of a drag queen?
Her eyes, which speak a thousand words and can move someone’s soul.
QL: What’s your best quality?
My best qualities would
include being a considered and caring person.
High on the list would be good listener and probably that I have a good
sense of humour.
QL: Love or money?
Definitely love, as the saying goes “money can’t buy love.
QL: What was the last movie you cried in?
Would you allow me to mention two movies? My all-time favourite “Me before You” was the last movie I sobbed after and another tear jerker that evoke my emotions every time I watch it is “The Notebook”
QL: What’s the Drag Scene like in the Eastern Cape?
Port-Elizabeth has been getting a lot of attraction lately which is very exciting for us drag queens and LGBTIQA+ society at large. The drag scene in general is very laidback however more and more creative minds are now coming together to spice up the night life. There are still a lot of things that our queens can still learn from Cape Town and Johannesburg to empower themselves even more.
QL: Is drag a political statement?
Drag queens have for decades been a vital part of the LGBTQIAP+ community. As an art form and a social and political statement pioneered by gay men and transgender women, drag made up a culture and community of its own, always on the cutting edge of underground art scenes and queer subcultures. Drag queens were a central presence at the Stonewall Riots in New York, fighting for their rights and the rights of their communities. Now, drag has seemingly entered a new era; becoming increasingly more popular, and entering the mainstream media landscape.
QL: What went through your mind when you realised that you won the Miss Drag SA crown?
I just could not believe it that moment but at the same time my heart was overflowing with joy. I still feel truly honoured to be the 2018/19 Miss Drag South Africa, and a very exciting year awaits.
QL: How will you use your title to improve the quality of life in your community?
My aim is to use this title and platform to go out there and show people outside our community how serious we are in terms of growth and development. Education has always played a vital role to open minds. I will empower the people in our community to stand together and create leadership roles for all.
QL: What do you hope to achieve during your reign?
For queens from across South Africa to collaborate, exchange ideas and unite to showcase the world what we have as Africans have to offer.
QL: What advice do you have for aspiring Pageant Queens?
Pageants are not for the fainthearted! As much as it should be fun, it can become very competitive and expensive at the same time. Just stay true to yourself, embrace who you are, work smart, listen to your own voice but be open to advice and criticism.