It was a full house for FIT’s 11th annual Drag Pageant, which theme “Material QUEEN: Battle of the Two Madonna’s”, elevated the stakes to all new heights, making its two queens directly face each other in a fierce competition of fashion, dancing, runway, beauty, and comedy.
Although this year’s decrease in participants wasn’t intentional (last year there were four competitor’s, and past years there have been as many as ten), the strong personalities of both contestants more than made up for it. Both Kevlar King and Brian Kelly —in their Ophelia Bone and Didi Disco personas, respectively— were committed to put up the most memorable show possible. The Queen of Pop herself would have been pleased with their performances— perhaps specially with Didi Disco’s who eventually won the competition.
The host of the event was Alyssa Edwards, a fan favorite of the fifth season of the popular reality show, RuPaul’s Drag Race and also the owner of the award-winning Beyond Belief Dance Company. The excitement of the student body towards seeing Edwards was palpable, and having someone as experienced in Drag as Edwards really made the show come together. Other performers included Jeffery Burge as Candy Sterling, who was the winner of 2016’s pageant.
The Drag Pageant has been one of the most popular FIT tradition’s for the past 11 years, evolving as a celebration of the expression of self, and combining the passions of the majority of the students and staff of the college.
Joanna Mingo, the Student Government Association’s Director of Programming was involved in putting this year’s show together, along with other SGA members and a few close friends. She expressed her satisfaction at being able to provide this event for the student body, and also how proud she felt about the contestants, King and Kelly, for putting themselves in front of their peers, be authentic, and making the pageant “one of the best, ever.”