Brisbane drag performer Sellma Soul has been crowned this year’s Miss Sportsman Hotel at the venue’s popular annual drag pageant on Saturday night.
This year’s competition had a distinctly European flavour with its Eurovision Song Contest theme.
After wowing the panel of judges across three rounds, Sellma (pictured above, with 2017 winner Chocolate Boxx) was named winner and presented with a $1000 cash prize, sash and hair package.
Aurora Arsenic was named runner-up, winning the Miss Rising Star award. Diamond Good-Rim won the People’s Choice Award from her votes on Facebook.
Audience members waved international flags as the eight contestants took to the stage in the opening round to perform their favourite Eurovision classics past and present, including Ukrainian drag queen Verka Serduchka’s “Dancing Lasha Tumbai”, 2014 Austrian champion Conchita Wurst’s iconic “Rise Like A Phoenix”, Israeli trans trailblazer Dana International’s “Diva”, and 2012 winner Loreen’s “Euphoria”.
Queensland Drag Hall of Famer Wanda D’Parke hosted the contest, and congratulated Sellma, Aurora and Diamond on their titles as well as their fellow Miss Sporties contenders Betty Knives, Britney Bitch, Katya Lou-King, Mya Crafone and Hovanna Crown.
“It takes a lot of guts to get up on stage for any reason,” she said.
“From the Gold Coast to Cairns, there’s talented drag queens right up and down Queensland.
“If you can support your suburban or regional drag queens at local events, please do.”
Miss Sportsman Hotel is the drag counterpart to the venue’s annual Mr Sportsman Hotel competition.
Earlier this year Brisbane Hustlers rugby player Allen Park took home the Mr Sporties title at the sexy “College Jocks”-themed contest.
(Photo by Jarrod Clarke/Sportsman Hotel)