UNT hosted their first amateur drag show on Thursday in the Union’s large ballroom and it was downright fabulous. Dressed in brilliant colors and lots of sparkle, Shangela, a well-known professional drag queen, hosted the show. She and the other drag participants danced, strutted and lip synced into the hearts of the cheering audience.
The show lasted two hours and was comprised of five amateur queens, two kings and a special performance by Shangela. It opened with a choreographed dance number followed by an individual performance of lip syncing and dancing to a song of the contestants’ choice. The Definition dance team took the stage after an intermission and was followed by a short Q&A for the drag contestants. Each member took center stage and was asked a specific question from Shangela (much like a pageant) and was given an opportunity to answer.
“It was a night I’ll never forget,” said participant and amateur drag queen Blake Pollard. “It was very exhausting because we had to run around, change outfits, re-apply makeup, and dance. It was very, very fun.”
After the Q&A, Shangela took the catwalk by storm by giving her own performance. Many audience members and contestants alike were in awe of Shangela and the message she brought. Freshman engineer student Jevian Moore was one of the appreciative audience members.
“The experience itself was so good because being a part of the LGBTQ community myself and seeing a show like that was so freeing and I felt proud,” Moore said.
The line to get into the show wrapped around the entire third floor of the Union. Only 500 students were admitted, leaving about 100 students to stand outside and envy the screams of excitement.
Each amateur was up for a chance to win sashes for Crowd Favorite, Best Performance and Drag Majesty. Crowd favorite was determined through audience members votes through Twitter while best performance and drag majesty were chosen by the judges based off of the overall performance and of the contestant Q&A responses.
Photo by: Kelsey Shoemaker