I’m so excited to be posting this edition of excellence to our brand new website. I’ve spent quite some time working on this and gathering information to include. I want to thank my good friend Wes Taylor for all of his help and hard work as well. I could not have done this without him. I wanted to find ways to promote our pageant in the best light possible and this was a wonderful opportunity for me to do so. My thought was that we ought to look as classy as we strive to be and we should be providing a wealth of history and information about our legacy. I really hope you all enjoy it.
I’ve always taken a particular interest in the history of female impersonation in our state and more specifically, the role that our wonderful pageant has played therein. I’ve been blessed to have some fruitful conversations and to see some videos from pageants past recently. Thanks to Marsha McLawhorn for being a fantastic source for much of this.
That being said, I’m so excited to move beyond this project and into my prelim season. I can’t wait to be a part of the Miss Scorpio pageant as the current state symbol of excellence. I look at this as the kick off to my prelim season. Not long after this pageant, we will be getting ready for the first of our preliminary pageants, Miss Charlotte. Anyone who knows me can probably imagine that I am ready way too soon for this event. What an amazing opportunity to be a titleholder who gets to have a reign and prelims. I urge contestants in the Charlotte area to consider competing in this pageant. There is a wonderful history of former titleholders and this is your one opportunity in Charlotte to get a ticket to state this year.
Looking back on the months that began my reign, all I can say is that it has been quite a rollercoaster for me. I’m learning so much about pageantry, people, and myself in this process. I’ve had some very special moments that have made me feel just as one should during this year of his life. Sisters have reached out to me and shown me love and support. Clubs across the state have reached out to me for booking opportunities. Other entertainers have congratulated me and sought my advice. When it comes to some of the negative experiences, all I will say is that I still believe that every obstacle is an opportunity for growth. I can honestly say that I have grown by embracing the obstacles thus far and I’m feeling great! In the meantime, I had an awesome Fall and Winter. I was amazed at the connections I gained and the many things I learned during my first experience at Miss Gay America. I see myself returning in the future and going for the gold. As to when, I couldn’t say at this point.
Back in NC, I had a fabulous Christmas season as I got to entertain in so many places across the state. I was also fortunate to be included in the PICASO Drag Brunch in Greenville and the Crape Myrtle Festival Drag Brunch in Raleigh. Both of these events are full charities and the money raised goes back into the community… all of it! This is so important to me. I also can’t forget the fun I had with Shana Nicole, Nina Fierra, and Paris Brooks as we got together to do the MGNCA Christmas show at Chasers in Charlotte.
It’s also been a priority of mine to try and spend time with the sisters I competed with over the years. These girls are all future Miss Gay NC Americas if they set their minds to it. It’s just a matter of which year will be theirs. I attended the wedding of Noel Claudio (Kimora Brooks) and Tanner Shriver. It was absolutely lovely. I’ll be performing in Andrea Carlisle’s birthday show next month. I have plans in the works with many of the girls and hope to have more soon.
This year is surely turning out to be the busiest year of my life. I’ve taken on quite a bit but I feel fortunate every day for what I have. Between my daytime career, my personal life, my work in leading the Court for the Crape Myrtle Festival, and most glamourous of all, being Miss North Carolina; I am going non-stop from early morning to late night almost every day. I’m loving every bit of it. Hard work pays off and anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m lost if I’m not working hard on something. To think, many years back, I ached to find ways to make my life mean something and to be a person of value to myself and my community. Now, all I can think of is the next thing I can do to further what I’ve created. Anyone can do anything they want in this life. It’s all about the paths we choose and the way we handle our hurdles and lessons learned.
Well, that’s it for now and it was quite a bit! Thank you all for treating me with the love and respect I’ve continued to encounter. I hope that any contestant, promoter, or interested individual will reach out to me to help ensure success in their own journeys this season. Now, let’s get ready for some amazing prelims! See you there!
With all of my love and admiration,
Miss Gay NC America 2015
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