2018 | Shewlita Bonet Hoyle
Shelita is our current Miss NC America. She is loved across the state for her warm and funny personality, as well as her dedication to female impersonation and pageantry.
Shelita swept the title of Miss NC America this August with her comedic performance of "If I Can't Sell It" and she went on to capture the hearts of the Miss Gay America 2019 audience by winning Best Male Interview in her preliminary group as well as placing in the top ten.
Shelita continues to travel our state and represent the title as she is preparing for her preliminary pageant season this Spring. We look forward to see he enjoy the rest of her year and prepare for MGNCA 2019 in August.
2017 | Eden Parque-Divine
Eden took our 2017 pageant season by storm by winning Miss Greensboro America and going on to take the title of Miss Gay NC America that August. Often considered 'the full package', Eden is known for her wide range of talents that include her beauty, stage presence, warm personality, and he attention to detail.
That wonderful range of talents has helped her find success in our state in the America, USofA, and at Large alike systems. She is a multi-title holder on the state level.
We are so proud to have Eden as one of our newest additions to the MGNCA family and we wish her all the best in her future endeavors.
2016 | Chloe Cassidy
Chloe hails from Raleigh, NC where she is a house cast member for Legends Nightclub. She first entered the pageantry arena in 2013, when she competed for and captured the title of Miss Raleigh America. She made a splash at our state pageant that year and left everyone in anticipation of what her future held.
She continued to compete, winning the titles of Miss Gay Capital City America in 2014 and Miss Greenville America in 2016. During her reign as Miss Greenville, Chloe successfully went on to win the crown of Miss Gay NC America 2016.
Chloe is most known in pageantry for her star quality and impersonations of Eartha Kitt, which was her winning talent in the state pageant. Another fan favorite of Chloe's is Beyonce's "Grown Woman", where she dominates the stage each and every time she performs it.
Chloe continues to entertain in Raleigh as a Legends house cast member and she travels the state and region as well.
2015 | Vivian Vaughn
An upstate New York native, Vivian came in to existence when Justin was a teenager in Raleigh, NC. Vivian captured her dream of being crowned Miss Gay NC America on her birthday, in August of 2015. She spent her year as our symbol of excellence, promoting the pageant in various ways. First, she began by co-creating this website as a resource and homage to our pageant.
She was active in judging and performing in other systems. She led the Crape Myrtle Festival (her platform) in raising $100,000 for HIV/AIDS causes in NC. She worked with various press agencies doing interviews, more notably with People Magazine, The Advocate, Qnotes, The News & Observor, The Charlotte Observor, and her one-hour interview on NPR's "The State of Things" with Frank Stasio.
“Viv” is known for her fun style of female impersonation. Her talent performances include Jessica Rabbit, Gypsy Rose lee, and the one that won her the title of MGNCA 2015, Katherine McPhee as Marilyn Monroe in SMASH. Vivian continues to travel the state and region to entertain crowds and assist in the furthering of causes she believes in.
A graduate of The Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Justin works in international logistics. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Crape Myrtle Festival; a non-profit organization which benefits both LGBT causes and the HIV/AIDS needs in NC.
2014 | Kelly Ray
A Hawaiian native, Kelly has a rich history of female impersonation in North Carolina. Kelly is known across the country for her amazing stage presence and her continued message of spreading love unto others. She is truly a legend in this art form and her decades of experience shine through every time she hits the stage. Some of her favorite crowd-pleasers are her illusions of Diana Ross and her renditions of Anita Baker and Natalie Cole.
She has been a fierce competitor in the America system and others as well. She captured the title of Miss Gay NC America in 2014 with her talent performance of Amazing Grace. She was a top ten finalist at Miss Gay America that year. She went on to win Miss Gay South East America 2015, Miss Gay Heart of America 2016, and Miss New York America 2017. She has been 1st alternate to Miss Gay America more than once.
Kelly continues to travel our state entertaining crowds and spreading her message of love. She also continues to compete in the America system and plans to do so until the day she is crowned Miss Gay America.
2013 | Lauren Scott
Lauren is adored throughout NC for her sensual style of entertainment. She has held a name for many years that is respected throughout the community. She started out as a house cast member at the legendary Paddock Club in Greenville, NC while attending college at East Carolina University. She captured the title of Miss Greenville America in 2002.
She later moved to Wilmington, NC and after a few years away from pageantry, she returned in 2013 to successfully capture a clean sweep of titles that include Miss Limelight, Miss Gay Capital City America, and Miss Gay NC America. She is known for her talents as Velma in Chicago and her amazing recreation of Anything Goes, which helped her win the title of MGNCA.
Lauren still lives in Wilmington, NC and works regularly at Ibiza Nightclub. She travels the state for her job as a leadership trainer and to entertain crowds on the weekends. She remains very involved with the MGNCA pageant and its preliminaries.
2012 | Ariel Nicole Knight Addams
Ariel has been an avid competitor in the Miss Gay America System for some years now. She has captured various titles including Miss Gay Capital City America, Miss Gay NC America, Miss Southern States America, and Miss Mid Atlantic America.
She is known for her classic Broadway style of entertainment and her Linda Eder talent that helped her win our coveted title. She brought pride to our state as a top-ten finalist at Miss Gay America when she reigned as MGNCA. She later went on to win the title of Miss Gay NC USofA.
Ariel lives in Fayetteville, NC and is a Radium Doll House cast member. She continues to perform throughout the state and region. She is a hair stylist and owns her own salon, Bobby’s Barbies Glamour Bar. She continues to make costumes, hair, and embellishments for herself and others, and supports many contestants in pageants across our state.
2011 | Jessica Raynes
Jessica is a native of Charlotte, NC and a former house cast member of the legendary Scorpio. She has been very successful in the America system, placing 1st alternate to Miss East Coast America and Miss Gay Virginia America, before capturing the titles of Miss Gay NC America in 2011 and Miss Gay Gulf States America in 2013.
Jessica is known for being a tall, statuesque beauty with a wide array of talents. A self-sufficient queen, Jessica sews her own garments and evening gowns, practices amazing skills with makeup, and she makes a lot of her own hair and accessories.
Shane is a country boy who happens to love female impersonation. He now lives in Wilmington, NC and he remains active in supporting our pageant.
2010 | Emory Starr
Emory is loved by many all across our great state. Justin got his start in female impersonation in 2003 while attending college at Johnston and Wales University in Charleston, SC. He went on to earn an Associate’s degree in Baking and Pastry Arts and also a Bachelor’s degree in Food Service Management.
Emory is known for her bubbly personality and her fun stage presence. She loves to give many illusions such as Katy Perry and Elvira; which was her talent the year she won Miss Gay NC America. After her joyous reign as Miss Gay NC America, she went on to capture the titles of Miss Gay South East America 2011 and Miss Gay Mid East America 2012. Thus far, Emory is the only person in NC history to capture the title of Miss Scorpio and Miss Gay NC America in the same year.
Emory can be seen these days performing on house cast at Legends Nightclub in Raleigh, NC every Friday and Saturday night. She also hosts "Sweet Talk with Emory Starr" on Thursday nights at P.G. Werth's in Raleigh, NC, where she is a baker by day. She remains very involved with our pageant and plans to continue with her goals in the America system.
2009 | Detra Panucci
Detra's Bio is coming soon...
2008 | Victoria Parker
Victoria has captured a lengthy list of almost 100 titles around the country; including many titles in the MGA system and top-ten placements at Miss Gay America. A North Carolina native, Victoria is no stranger to our history and culture of female impersonation in the state. She got her start in the clubs and pageants of Fayetteville, NC but it did not take long for her to branch out cross the state and the nation.
Regionally, she has performed as a house cast member at Legends Nightclub in Raleigh, NC, The Connection in Louisville, KY, and The Chute in Nashville, TN. She has been a guest entertainer in venues across the country.
Victoria has been featured in many films and also on television as a contestant and return personality to RuPaul’s Drag Race. You can also see her featured in the documentary ‘Pageant’ about the Miss Gay America pageant. She now resides in Los Angeles, California and continues to entertain regularly. She often returns to NC to visit and entertain in her home state.
2007| Coti Collins
Coti has made a National name for herself in the art of female impersonation. She has toured with many big names in show business such as; Garth Brooks, Martina McBride, Faith Hill, Shania Twain, Celine Dion, Dixie Chicks, Trisha Yearwood, Barbara Mandrell, The Judds, and possibly the most influential on Coti, Reba Mc Intire.
Coti is known for her character acting and impersonation. Her performances and talent presentations in the illusions of Reba and Judy Garland have brought her all the way to the top. These talents were instrumental in her capturing the titles of Miss Gay NC America and seven other state titles in the system. She was a top ten finalist at Miss Gay America seven times and in 2011, she captured the title of Miss Gay America.
Coti continues to work on house cast at Legends Nightclub in Raleigh, NC and she remains very dedicated and involved with the America system. She also continues to travel the country meeting the requests for her character performances. You can also see her featured in the documentary ‘Pageant’ about the Miss Gay America pageant. We are proud to call this National icon our sister here at MGNCA.
2006 | Miss D. Meanor
Miss D. Meanor's Bio is coming soon...
2005- 06 | Scarlett Dailey
Scarlett led a long and fruitful career in female impersonation than spanned over 25 years. “Skillet” was known as THE pageant queen for the majority of her time as an entertainer. There is no question as to why. She has performed in over 22 states and won a list of over 75 titles. They range from pageants in different systems, clubs, pride events, and more.
Some of the most talked about of her performances were her comedy renditions. It was not unusual to see Scarlett in a church robe and roller skates or doing her impersonation of Lucille Ball’s “Vitametavegamin”. These performances gained her notoriety and appreciation from fans all around.
Scarlett was house cast director at Legends Nightclub for a few years and later moved to Wilmington, NC to fulfill the same role for Ibiza Nightclub when they opened. She retired from drag in 2010. Scott currently lives in Rocky Mount, NC and he uses his green thumb in his career now. He is the owner of a greenhouse and has won many awards for his work. Sometimes, you can catch him at the farmer’s market in Raleigh with his lovely work on display.
2005 | Luscious
Luscious has created a name for herself that is nationally recognized and synonymous with quality and professional entertainment. She is known for her outstanding dancing skills and her breathtaking looks.
Luscious has captured many titles and accolades in the America, USofA, and Continental systems. After reigning as Miss NC America, she was crowned Miss Western States America and won Miss Gay America that year. She returned to the pageant arena in 2010 when she captured the title of Miss Sin City USofA. The following year, she was crowned Miss Gay USofA. After successfully winning two National titles, Luscious took on the Continental system, where she was a top 12 finalist at Miss Continental in 2015.
Luscious currently lives in Charlotte, NC and she continues to entertain crowds and her involvement in all of the systems she has been successful in. We are proud to call her one of North Carolina’s finest.
2004 | Devida
Devida's Bio is coming soon...
2003 | Jennifer St. James
Jennifer is a native of Fayetteville, NC. As a 1994 graduate with a degree in Commercial Art and Advertising Design, he entered the workforce as a graphic artist. He has also been actively involved in community theatre, cheerleading, dance and pageants.
Jennifer St. James began her career in female impersonation in the fall of 1996. She entered her first pageant the following year and won overall talent. Later that year, she captured her first title; Miss Fayetteville Newcomer 1997. Since then, she has won various titles in the state; including Miss Fayetteville America and USofA, Miss Club Spectrum, Miss Guilford County USofA, and Miss Greensboro America.
Jennifer St. James made her first appearance in the Miss Gay NC America pageant in 2001 not as a contestant, but as a backup dancer for Tyler Kole; who went on to win the crown that year. So inspired by that experience, Jennifer returned the following year as Miss Fayetteville to compete and she placed third-alternate. In only her second year, while competing as Miss Greensboro America, she claimed the coveted crown and was names Miss Gay NC America 2003. She went on to win the title of Miss Gay NC USofA in 2005.
After ten successful years in the art form, he retired in 2006. Wanting to give back to the art form that had given him so much, he now judges pageants and also mentors newcomers in achieving their goals and dreams of becoming state and regional titleholders.
2002 | Michelle Warren
Michelle hails from Greenville, NC, where she is a former Miss Greenville America and then, Miss Gay NC America. Since her reign as Miss Gay NC America, Michelle has maintained her dedication to the community. As the Vice-President of Entertainment on the Board of Directors for the Crape Myrtle Festival for seven years, Michelle created the legendary CMF Monthly Drag Brunch; which has raised thousands of dollars for the LGBT community and more specifically, those infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
She currently lives in Raleigh, NC and works for an upscale salon, The Junction Salon and Bar. She continues to stay involved with the community and female impersonation in our state.
2001 | Tyler Kole
Tyler's Bio is coming soon...
2000 | Felicia Powers
Tim is a native of Goldsboro, NC. He moved to Raleigh, NC after high school to attend NC State University. It was during this time that he became involved with the art of female impersonation. It wasn’t long before Felicia was born. She became known for her dancing and personality, which are true embodiments of her name.
Felicia set her sights on our pageant and decided she would do what it took to become Miss Gay NC America. After competing in and winning various city preliminary contests, Felicia captured her dream in 1999 and was crowned Miss Gay NC America 2000.
She continued to travel the state and entertain for a few years after her reign and she retired from female impersonation in 2007. She sometimes appears for a performance and often brings her illusion to the stage for our state pageant. She remains very involved in our pageant, mentoring entertainers across the state who dream of being crowned Miss NC America and judging city prelims and our state pageant.
She has been instrumental in the success of many entertainers in the system, including her help and guidance to Miss Gay NC America 2015, Vivian Vaughn among many others. Felicia’s love for this pageant is indicative of the sisterhood and professionalism our pageant maintains to this day.
Tim currently lives in Goldsboro, happily married and working as a retail manager.
1999 | Kristin Collins
Kristin began her MGNCA journey in 1995. She started performing as a house cast member at Scandals night club in Asheville, NC, while a student at Western Carolina University. After watching the Miss Asheville America pageant and seeing the beautiful star ‘punch bowl’ crown on Kerri Nichols’s head, a dream was born.
The following year, Kristin entered and won her first America preliminary, Miss Asheville. She competed in several preliminaries the next year and placed second alternate at each one. She then captured the title of Miss Western North Carolina America. Kirby Kolby, Miss Gay NC America at the time inspired, motivated and coached Kristin as a competitor. Kristin received the Toni Lenoir Best Non Finalist Award. The following year, she won Miss Charlotte America. Producing an award winning package, Kristin made the top seven for the first time, won the Evening Gown and Talent awards and became the 20th Anniversary Miss Gay NC America.
Known for her energetic rendition of Rocky Top, Kristin Collins became the "Clogging Queen". She continues to perform, judge, and coach contestants. She is the official emcee of the Miss Gay NC America Pageant as of 2015. "Winning Miss Gay NC America will always be one of my biggest achievements. Looking back, it was and still is one of the biggest life lessons for me. I've met some of the shadiest people through my journey as a female impersonator, but I've also met some of the most beautiful, authentic people, that I'm very lucky to call my sisters… my friends."
Outside of female impersonation, Bryce, has made a career for himself as a makeup artist/hairstylist in the television industry. He's recently become a regular beauty contributor for NBC's Charlotte Today; sharing beauty insights, pro tips and new products. Known for his charismatic energy, Bryce has worked with Seth Meyers, Tim Tebow, Mark Ballas, Ryan Lochte, Rosario Dawson, Jeff Gordon, Starr Jones, Sandi Patty and Danny Pino to name a few. Bryce's work has been featured in Vanity Fair, Seventeen, Marie Claire, Teen Vogue, Southern Living, The Hunger Games, The Hallmark Channel, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, Disney Channel, the SEC Network and ESPN. Personally, Bryce lives outside of Charlotte, NC with his mini schnauzer rescue, Tallulah. He enjoys pop culture, pop art and working with local dog rescues.
1998 | Courtney Cox
Courtney hails from the Greenville, NC area and has maintained a long standing respect of the LGBT community in her area and across the state. She is a former Miss Greenville America and as such, she went on to compete for the title of Miss Gay NC America and successfully captured it.
Bobby still lives in Greenville and remains involved with the Miss Greenville America pageant as a judge, supporter, and mentor to aspiring female impersonators in the area.
Courtney retired from female impersonation many years ago.
1997 | Tiffany Storm
Tiffany has enjoyed a long running career in female impersonation. She has been the resident show hostess at the legendary Scorpio Lounge for many years. She has established a fruitful list of accolades in the art form including; Miss NC America, Miss West Virginia USofA at Large, Miss Central Station – Emeritus, the 25th Silver Anniversary Lady Barbara Award, and the Q-Notes Best Drag Performer in 2010.
Tiffany is the current MGNCA Pageant Director. She holds this pageant and the MGA system in highest regard. Believing in sisterhood, she was an integral part of bringing the pageant back to Charlotte, NC in its historic glory. The MGNCA Pageant owes her a great deal of gratitude in maintaining our standards, history, and longevity.
Tiffany is now the new owner of Chasers Club in the historic NoDa District of Charlotte, NC. She continues to dedicate herself to the promotion of the Miss Gay NC America pageant.
1996 | Kirby Kolby
Kirby is a living legend in our state and across the country. She has mastered the art of illusion on and off the stage. Many up-and-coming performers use the standards that Kirby has set as guidelines for success. This is rightfully so as Kirby has turned her art form into a full time career spanning over 20 years.
Kirby got her start in female impersonation one Halloween night, when she dressed in drag for the first time on a dare. It wasn’t long before she became a house cast member at the legendary Power Company in Durham, NC and started her journey in pageantry. In the America system, Kirby began to compete in city preliminaries and was crowned Miss Gay NC America in 1995. She went on that year to Miss Gay America and placed in the top ten her first time there. This was an accomplishment she would continue to achieve each time she returned to the pageant.
Kirby won Miss Gay West Virgina America, Miss Gay Mid West America, and Miss Gay DC America among other accomplishments in the system. It was in 2011, as Miss Gay DC America, that Kirby took to the stage at the National Pageant and captured the title of Miss Gay America. She made our state so very proud as she won and throughout her reign. Some of her other titles include Miss Scorpio, Miss Legends, and Miss North Carolina Continental.
Kirby has been an anchor house cast member at Legends Nightclub in Raleigh for over 20 years. She continues to perform weekly and she remains very involved in the America system. We are so fortunate to have this icon as one of our very own!
1995 | Tracy Morgan
A native Charlottean of NC, Clay led a career in female impersonation that spanned over twenty years. Tracy is considered to be a legend of Charlotte and our state entirely. He had the distinction of being the very first Miss Scorpio.
Known for being a constant professional and crowd pleaser, Tracy captured many titles both in and out of the America system during her career. Some of them include Miss Oleen’s, Miss Hairspray, Miss East Coast America, Miss West Virginia America, Miss Southern Coast America and many more. Tracy competed at Miss Gay America five times and placed in the top ten during this time. She was a recipient of the Lady Barbara award. She always expressed a deep love and admiration for pageantry.
Tracy left this life in 2007 while working at a show at the Scorpio. We will always remember her smile and the love she poured into this art form. Rick Wilds once said: “No one can ever replace Tracy Morgan; you cannot fill her shoes. However, there are up-and-coming performers who were inspired by her. We’ll reap the benefits of the performers she nurtured and inspired. In that way, her legacy will live on”.
1994 | Kerri Nichols
A true legend in the America system and especially in North Carolina, Kerri has led a remarkable career in female impersonation that continues to be a standard for entertainers. She is known for her 'rock n roll' style of entertaining but she steals the stage in all of her numbers, especially her ballad performances.
Kerri captured various titles in the system before winning Miss Gay America in 1996. She was Miss Gay NC America, Miss Gay Mid America, Miss Gay America, and Miss Scorpio. She continues to dedicate her time and efforts into the system on city, state, and national levels as an entertainer, emcee, administrator, and judge.
Kerri currently lives in Charlotte, NC and she continues to entertain crowds locally and across the country.
1993 | Sharde' Ross
Sharde’ is another legend in our state. This Winston-Salem native is known for her character illusions. One of her most memorable is her rendition of Dionne Warwick; which helped her capture the title of Miss NC FFI (America).
After leading a fruitful career in female impersonation in North Carolina for many years, Sharde’ moved to Florida, where she still resides and continues to entertain. She has even held the title of Miss Florida America as well. Sharde’ returns to NC to participate in our pageant when she can. We always enjoy seeing her come back to our stage and giving us the illusions we love her for.
Sharde' is a fun loving lady with a warm and welcoming personality. Any time spent talking to her will surely lead to smiling and laughter. We are so glad to call her family here at MGNCA.
1992 |Blair Williams
Blair began her journey in the art of female impersonation in Charlotte, NC at the legendary Scorpio Lounge in the late 1980's. Blair is a former Miss Scorpio and held various city titles in the NC America system including Miss Charlotte, Miss Guilford County, and Miss Winston Salem before being crowned Miss NC F.F.I. 1992.
As Miss NC, Blair placed 2nd Alternate to Miss Gay America. She returned to MGA in 1994 as Miss Gay Mid East and placed 3rd Alternate to the national title.
In 1996, "Blair" retired from female impersonation, and "Todd" and his husband Robert moved from Charlotte to Chicago, IL and then to Moorestown, NJ (a suburb of Philadelphia, PA). In 2005, they relocated to Savannah, GA and in 2008 Blair re-emerged as a cast member at ClubOne Jefferson in Savannah.
In 2011, Blair returned to the world of competition, placing in the Top 5 at the Miss Gay America pageants in 2011, 2012, and 2013. In October of 2014, she fulfilled a lifelong dream to become Miss Gay America 2015. Blair spent her year as Miss Gay America traveling around the country to promote the system as well as raising over $15,000.00 for The Trevor Project.
In addition to her work in the accounting industry, Blair remains active in the MGA system, travels the country entertaining, and is also the current show director at ClubOne where you can catch her every Friday and Saturday when she is in town!
Blair is honored to have judged the Miss Gay NC America pageant on three separate occasions and looks forward to a long future with the state contest. "If there is a message to my legacy as a performer and contestant, it would definitely be 'Never give up on your dream'," says Blair.
1991 | Kymber Raines
Kymber is a native of Forest City, NC and has been a performer most of her life. As a child he was a dancing flower in the Rutherford Country Art Council’s production of The Wiz. It would be years later that he'd play Dorothy on a different stage. He was later cast as a feature dancer in a PTL production of “Prodigal ‘87”, the musical.
After moving to Asheville, NC, he went out for his first time to Scandals Nightclub; where the owner Art Fryer asked if he did drag. To which, he replied “what’s that”? Two months later, she captured the title of Miss Asheville America 1987. After her first year competing at Miss NC America, she took a year off to manicure her craft. The following year, she competed in and won the regional pageant, Miss Gay South East America 1989. She placed 15th at Miss Gay America that year. He returned to Miss NC America the following year, where he won the pageant and proceeded to accomplish a top-ten placement at MGA.
As his life began to move beyond female impersonation, he continued his work and education in alcohol and drug counseling and the mental health profession. He moved to Montreal and later returned to NC, and eventually moved to Nasheville, TN; where he lives today and works in the catering industry. Reflecting on his career in the art form, he says: “The pride I have in my life outweighs the negative. Being an out, gay man in the mid-1980's and a female impersonator to boot was a different experience than the Logo channel/Drag Race existence of today”. He goes on to say:” I love you North Carolina! Being Kymber Raines Miss NC FFI was a highlight of my life”.
1990 | Ginger Grant
William is a native of the Greenville, NC area. This is where he got his start in female impersonation at the legendary Paddock Club. Ginger was one of the original “Chamblee Girls”, meaning she was taught and mentored by Jan Chamblee, the late partner of Jennifer Barrett and a former Miss Greenville America.
Ginger is known for her singing performances and talents. This attribute has helped her capture titles such as Miss Greenville America and Miss Gay NC America. One of her more popular performances is her live rendition of “Over the Rainbow”.
Ginger lives in Winterville, NC and continues to perform and occasionally compete in pageants. William operates a salon in Greenville, Emerge Hair Studio. He still remains involved with our pageant.
1989 | Jennifer Barrett
Jennifer led a remarkable career in female impersonation and she certainly earned the notoriety of her name in our state and on the national stage alike. She first competed for Miss NC America in 1983. She placed first alternate to Jamie Monroe in 1987 and then she returned to win the pageant in 1988. A top ten placement achiever at Miss Gay America at least four times, Jennifer was known for her ‘Grease’ talent in pageants as well as her attention to detail and professionalism in her art form. One of his accomplishments in his day life was being a leader of a marching band.
A native of Greenville, NC, Jennifer is still regarded today as one of the most influential and legendary entertainers of the area. She and her partner Jan Chamblee were both Miss Greenville Americas. Jan went on to achieve first alternate to the title of Miss NC America in 1984. She later passed and is sorely missed by so many.
Both Jennifer and Jan were instrumental in keeping pageantry and the art form alive and thriving in Greenville, NC for many years. They groomed many up and coming entertainers who eventually were crowned Miss Greenville and/or Miss Gay NC America. They were celebrated for their standing and their continued dedication for successful pageants and contestants in their area for years. Their work with choreographer Ricky Narron was fruitful in creating many award winning performances and pageants.
1988 | Jamie Monroe
Jamie is a favorite of so many enthusiasts of female impersonation in our state. She has led a wonderfully successful career in the art form for decades. Known for her beautiful smile, warm personality, and her outstanding character illusions, Jamie’s talents are unique and spot on. Among some of her signature illusions are Stevie Nicks and Marilyn Monroe; which won her the title of Miss North Carolina FFI (America) as she performed her talent of “My Heart Belongs to Daddy”.
Jamie has been crowned in city level prelims, bar titles, and not only was she Miss NC America but she later went on to win Miss Gay NC USofA as well. She is still an active participant in our state pageant each year. She continues to travel the region to entertain crowds with her energetic performances and stunning beauty. If you see her out, be sure to stop and greet her. You will be glad you did!
1987 | Darlene Duncan
Darlene was a pioneer in the NC female impersonation arena. She won both coveted titles of Miss NC FFI and Miss NC USofA. In the America system, she was known for her talent "Stepping Out With My Baby" and in the USof A system, it was her "Carousel" talent that left audiences and judges screaming with applause. She was the winner and titleholder with many city preliminaries in both systems as well.
Darlene was talented on and off stage. On stage, she was an amazing entertainer and an exceptional emcee. Off stage, she was a wonderful costume designer and seamstress. Many across NC are lucky to have a Darlene original.
In her later years, Darlene lived in Florida but she always made it back to NC during the summer to take part in our yearly pageant. Wherever she lived, she was a life-long entertainer.
Darlene passed away in September of 2018. We miss her dearly but will continue to keep her beautiful memory allowed. It was her charisma that will endure far beyond her physical life.
1986 | Toni Lenoir
Toni was born and raised in Charlotte, the Queen City of NC. He started his journey in female impersonation in 1977. Toni entertained as a house cast member at Oleen’s Nightclub but she traveled the region entertaining crowds and building notoriety.
Toni was arguably one of the most talented entertainers in our state. She continues to be revered as a legendary performer. She was known for her broad spectrum of talents in dancing, emceeing, stage presence, and personality. Her talent performance of “Let Me Dance for You” from “A Chorus Line” helped win her the title of Miss Gay NC FFI (America) 1986. She went on to Miss Gay America to place 2nd alternate to Lauren Colby.
Some of her other titles include Miss Myrtle Beach, Miss South Carolina USofA and Miss Summer Fun. Toni served on house cast at the legendary Scorpio for many years. She left this life in 1991. We will always remember her essence and all that she brought to our state and our pageant.
1985 | Diana Lee Bishop
Diana won Miss NC FFI as the current reigning Miss Hickory. For any information to add to Diana's bio, please send a message through the contact section of this site.
1984 | Stella Starr
Stella won Miss NC FFI as the current reigning Miss Charlotte. For any information to add to Stella's bio, please send a message through the contact section of this site.
1983 | Elite Chanson
Elite started familiarizing herself with the art of female impersonation in her hometown of Greenville, NC. He would conduct the spotlight during shows and pageants at the legendary Paddock Club. He stepped out in drag for the very first time at a ‘purse party’ for Jan Chamblee. This is what was done to support contestants in a form similar to what is now known as a benefit show.
Elite was known for her impersonations, especially a particular Diana Ross talent where she performed on a moving silver lame sofa. As Miss North Carolina, she continued Melissa’s work in conducting city preliminary pageants. After her reign, she continued to support the pageant and it’s preliminaries as a judge and through other mediums. Today, Elite lives in Greenville, NC and operates an upholstery store.
1982 | Melissa Mongomery
Melissa has been known for years for her beauty and elegance. She competed in our pageant since the very beginning. We remember her wonderful talents such as “Woman in the Moon” during the first year and “City Lights: New York, New York” the second year. It was that third year when she stepped out in Evening Gown competition adorned in a lovely red beaded gown by Francesca Wakeland, that there was no question she would become our next Miss NC FFI (America).
Melissa was the first Miss North Carolina to reign while overseeing city preliminary competitions to qualify contestants to compete in the following year’s state competition. There were 12 prelims that year; producing 24 contestants to vie for the title that Melissa would give up the following summer.
Melissa led a successful career in female impersonation and especially in the Miss Gay America system. She has been a top ten finalist at the national competition. Some of her other titles include Miss Gay East Coast America 1983, Miss Gay Atlantic Coast America 1984, and Miss Gay North East 1986 and 1987. She currently resides in Hickory, NC and continues to hold our pageant in the highest regard.
1981 | Erica Von Cort
Erica was our second Miss NC FFI (America) ever. A house cast member at 42nd Street in Durham, NC, she was known around the state for her elegance and her love of the art form. She competed in the pageant from the very beginning. It is often said that when she stepped out in the sportswear category, everyone knew she had won the pageant. They were not prepared for her talent either, which was the first production number ever performed in our pageant history. It was a full on performance of Tropical Nights, complete with dancers and props.
Erica continued to perform across the state for many years. She moved to Atlanta for a while but eventually returned. She was active in our pageant each year and always shared a love for the standards and styles that the America system represents.
Erica left this life in 1993. We continue to keep her memory alive each year, as we give out a congeniality award in her name at our annual state pageant.
1980 |Brandy Alexander
Brandy was the first ever to be crowned Miss Gay NC FFI (America). It was no easy task during that first year. She competed against 17 other contestants at the Paddock Club in Greenville, NC. Her talent presentation of Dolly Parton in a medley brought the crowd to a thunderous ovation and it bought Brandy the crown. She went on to Miss Gay America that year and placed in the top ten; a feat she has accomplished more than once.
Brandy has remained involved in our pageant since the beginning. She has spent her life entertaining crowds and has returned to the pageant many times. She is known for her female-to-male transition on stage while performing “I Did It My Way” among many other performances of hers.
It has been a long-standing tradition at our pageant each year for the contestants to be treated to a luncheon or cocktail party hosted by Brandy. The history of this pageant is so very essential to all parties involved. Brandy has dedicated much of her time contributing to our history and keeping it alive. Brandy lives in Charlotte, NC and continues to entertain more than 35 years after winning the title.
Brandy left this live in 2015. We continue to pay tribute to all of her contributions to our pageant and our LGBT community in the state.