The names of the ten finalists who will be vying for the Miss Drag South Africa crown on Friday 4th October at the State Opera House in Pretoria have been announced. They are former Miss Gay Western Cape Emogen Moore, Zoe Cox, Anastasia K Boney, Laylah Zukofa Khan, another previous Miss Gay Western Cape winner Belinda Qaqamba Ka-Fassie, Vuyokazi Mbutho, Cuttie Seoka, Kem Blank, Demi Rene and Chante Herries. The finalists were chosen after an extensive search through the length and breadth of the Rainbow Nation which culminated in the annual Glam Boot Camp at the beginning of May.
This bevy of beauties will be competing in the third edition of Miss Drag South Africa. Capetonian Zilin Ayoki was crowned at the inaugural national pageant in 2017. Reigning queen for 2018 Miss Vicky from the friendly city, Port Elizabeth will be crowning her successor at the glamorous, prestigious event happening on the eve of Pretoria Pride.
Pageant Director Enigma von Hamburg, herself a seasoned pageant queen with numerous titles to her name, says that the purpose and significance of this prestigious annual pageant, is to “celebrate diversity. The brand acts as an inclusive pageant for Drag Queens, gender queer and trans bodies. This platform is much more than just a beauty contest, it highlights the aim of ‘Drag with a Purpose’ 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”.
Von Hamburg goes on to say beyond the glitz and glam, the platform was created to educate, inspire, motivate and make a change: “We’ve received so much support and amazing feedback from the public and the communities. With hard work and dedication, our winners are carefully adjudicated throughout the year, 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 at Webtickets as of 1st June 2019 for R180.00 each