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Annual drag show brings fierceness to Fulkerson

Students saw queens push up their boobs, puff their hair and strut down the runway in this year’s Drag Show.

Perhaps the biggest highlight of the show occurred when the drag queen Catia Lee Love requested that audience member Tyce VanMeter Pull a ribbon hidden in her rear. The crowd Screamed and were very shocked, yet applauded him for doing it. Tevin Harris | Photo Editor
Perhaps the biggest highlight of the show occurred when the drag queen Catia Lee Love requested that audience member Tyce VanMeter Pull a ribbon hidden in her rear. The crowd Screamed and were very shocked, yet applauded him for doing it. Tevin Harris | Photo Editor

The PRIDE Alliance hosted its annual Drag Show on April 2 with a 1950’s theme. The organization brought in hundreds of students, faculty and community members for the show. Tyler Rhoad, former president of PRIDE, said the queens that were selected for this year’s show were phenomenal; however, the attendance left him a little unsatisfied.

“I think me not being on campus has impacted the show this year and not in a good way,” Rhoad said. “The performers though will be great.”

The event showcased queens in 1950’s drag and modern drag which left a lasting impression on the audience. Kelsey Guthery, leadership programming assistant of Center of Student Engagement, said the event is always a lot of fun. She believes the energy is always good, no matter what the theme is.

“They’re always hilarious,” Guthery said. “The drag queens usually have the funniest senses of dry, sarcastic humor and I love it!”

The drag queens involved the students, faculty and community members in the show and brought down the house in laughter. A child from the audience was selected by one of the queens to get on stage and strut his stuff to earn some cash. The boy was six year old Micah Everall, whose mother, Charity, is a student at Missouri Western.

“I had a lot of fun,” Everall said. “I liked dancing on stage.”

The show brought out several of the Greek organizations, the Student Government Association, The Villa employees and faculty at Missouri Western for one night of dancing divas and sarcastic humor from the queens.

“The drag queens do some outlandish things,” Guthery said. “It doesn’t really represent the gay community as a whole, but I think people understand that it’s just for entertainment.”

The drag queens that headline the event included Sparkle Iman, Bianca Bliss, Catia Lee Love and Miss Gay Missouri Madison Elise. Iman was ready to get the show on the road and got the crowd standing and cheering for the performances the entire night. She brought humor and interaction with the audience.  Iman would call out attendees took out their cell phones and didn’t pay attention, using them as humor to entertain the audience.

“Put up that god damn cell phone,” Inman said. “It’s time ladies and gentlemen, let’s get the show going.”

The queens accepted donations from the audience during the performance and all proceeds went towards the local autism chapter in St. Joseph, Mo.

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