Inaugural Mz OutSFL Pageant Sparkles

The sanctuary at Sunshine Cathedral is filled with love on Sunday mornings. This past Saturday night, it was filled with just as much love, if not more.

Erika Norell was crowned the inaugural Mz OutSFL after a night of top tier competition and amazing performances. “It hasn’t hit me yet. It will hit me in a minute,” she said after having the glittery crown bestowed on her head.

Although Norell is no stranger to taking titles, she said this night was special because of the love from the other six contestants, hosts, and an adoring audience. “My favorite part of the whole night was being backstage with the other girls. We had a great time.”

Don’t mistake the lovefest for a lack of competitiveness and fabulousness. From evening gown to Q&A to talent, all seven gave it their all and were fierce in the process.

Her fellow contestants were Angie Ovahness Pryce, Kimberly Venom, Camille Dior Love, Kataleya Davenport, Leila Cox, and Nay-Kia LaFace Armani. Each brought their A-game.

“I’m going to be my authentic self,” Dior Love said. “I’m already larger than life and as I look around the pageant, I’m also the tallest one!”

The night had the hallmarks of long-established pageants, and the talent portion created the most memorable moments of the night. From on-the-fly costume changes to Venom creating a captivating moment as sparkles flew as she removed her wig and twirled the hair underneath.

They weren’t the only ones holding a rapt audience. Special guest performers Darcell Stevens, Serena Chacha and Athena Dion kept the party going between rounds.

Hosts were Chuck King of Eagle Wilton Manors and the Queen of Queens, Miss Melissa St. John. “I am so honored to be here tonight,” she said. “I’m so glad to see the girls together. I’ve talked with them throughout the week and told them to come out and have a good time.”

One may not expect to see a leather leader like King at an event like this, but he says there is a lot of overlap. “A drag pageant is very similar to a leather contest. Leather drag and regular drag are really all the same. We’re all in drag.”

An expert panel of judges made up of Misty Eyez Alicea, Chris Rhoades, Morgan Mayfaire, Tiffany Fantasia and Valentina Rodriguez critiqued every choice from choice of material to execution to hemlines.

While all the contestants have long histories of being of service to their communities, three others in the audience were recognized as well.

The Hero Award was presented to John Michael Gordon. The prolific volunteer called the honor “a dream come true.”

Julie Seaver, CEO of Compass in Palm Beach County, was given the Community Leadership Award. Edward Summers accepted the Community Impact Award on behalf of Pridelines.

The evening started with a VIP reception hosted by SoFlo legend Kitty Meow. Contestants mingled with guests who were dining on food provided by Tropics Bar & Grille.

Pictures and behind-the-scenes video are available on OutSFL’s social media, including Instagram and Facebook.

Donate to the Out South Florida Melissa St. John College Student Scholarship here.



Pridelines Honored with Community Impact Award at Mz OutSFL Pageant

John Michael Gordon Honored with Hero Award at Mz OutSFL Pageant

Julie Seaver Receives Community Leadership Award at Mz OutSFL Pageant


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