PHOTOS: Drag queen pageant crowns 2013 Miss Hell’s Kitchen
It was a night of heels, sparkles and talent that can only be found in New York’s nitty gritty Hell’s Kitchen.
The second annual Miss Hell’s Kitchen drag queen pageant wasn’t just an eyeful for audience members who appreciate the city’s finest queens, it’s also a fundraiser for AIDS Lifecycle – a 545-mile bike ride across seven days that raises funds for HIV and AIDS patients.
Contestants competed across several categories including a presentation where they must wear something red to represent HIV awareness, swimsuit, talent and evening gown.
In the end, there could only be one fabulous and talented Miss Hell’s Kitchen. Last year’s reigning queen, Miss Bootsie LeFaris, graciously gave up the crown to this year’s well-deserving winner: Tina Burner.
Believe it or not, this lovely lass grew up on a horse farm before leaving at the tender age of 16 for the bright lights of the city in search of stardom. She appeared in Off-Broadway shows and made cameos as a waiter in NYC’s dining scene until she emerged as a rising star on the drag scene.
Burner is known as the host of “STAR SEARCH” at Barracuda, a long-running drag competition on Thursday nights. Now, she’ll be known as Miss Hell’s Kitchen 2013.
Contributed reporting by Bess Adler.
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