Brisbane drag diva Elle de Flower crowned Miss Sportsman Hotel 2021


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Brisbane drag performer Elle de Flower has been crowned Miss Sportsman Hotel 2021 at the venue’s annual drag pageant.

On Saturday night (November 13), Elle de Flower, Penelope Cruises, Katya Lou-King, Thalia Novella, Enigma Popstar, Anya Bike and Wilhelmina Westwood all competed for the title at The Sportsman Hotel, Brisbane’s Home of Drag.

The pageant’s theme was “Seven Deadly Sins” and the contestants took to the stage to perform across two rounds.

The judging panel ultimately crowned Elle (pictured centre) the winner, scoring her flights and four nights accommodation at Turtle Cove Resort thanks to Smirnoff and a $500 Kryolan cosmetics package from Miss Lady St Diva.

Penelope Cruises (above left) won the runner-up Miss Rising Star award, taking home $250 cash from Pure Blonde, $250 Kryolan cosmetics package from Miss Lady St Diva and a $150 Campy Claws package.

Both queens won glittering tiaras supplied by Chinta Woo-Allcock and sashes made by The Hemmingbird.

Queensland drag legends Trixie Onassis III, Dame Liz Taylor, Miss Synthetique and Betty Nature judged the contest and picked both winners.

Punters also voted Katya Lou-King (above right) the winner of the People’s Choice Award, scoring the performer a $50 Kryolan cosmetics package and a $100 Mama Arsenic package.

Punters will be able to see winner Elle De Flower perform at Sporties’ Fab Fridays this week from 10:30pm.

Miss Sportsman Hotel pageant has run for decades

Miss Sporties hostess Wanda D’Parke congratulated Elle and said all the competitors had set the standard “so incredibly high”.

“The Miss Sportsman Hotel contest has run for decades. It’s been a great training ground for up and coming drag queens,” Wanda explained.

“Here at Sporties, we love the fabulous drag team we have. We also love to foster new talent and give every performer a chance on stage.

“It takes a brave person to get on the stage and do what they do, and all of them put so much effort into every number.”

Wanda said many Queensland performers are still bouncing back after COVID-19 restrictions devastated venues and events during the pandemic.

“Make sure when you’re out and they’re performing near you, buy a ticket and go to their shows,” she said.

“You’ll get some fabulous entertainment. Drag is such a beautifully diverse artform, so go and support any performer you can.”

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