Miss Victoria “Porkchop” Parker won Saturday night’s 2013 Miss’d America competition. And she plans to be out in full force at the event her crown spoofs.
Parker, of Los Angeles, a female impersonator for 27 years, said in the question-and-answer segment that if she won the crown she would go to next year’s Miss America Competition and preliminary competitions in full drag to represent the local Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender community.
The 44-year-old finished as the first runner-up at last year’s competition, but said her love for the event and the local community made her want to compete again this year.
“I’ve always loved Miss America,” she said. “I knew if I won I could come and try to blend the two communities together.”
Parker, whose platform is equal rights for all, said her victory was a lesson in perseverance.
“I was the first one eliminated in the first season of (the LOGO Network series "Drag Race" featuring RuPaul),” she said. “Just because you can’t succeed at one thing doesn’t mean you can’t succeed in something else.”
The 20th edition of the event was held at the House of the Blues at Showboat Casino Hotel. The event draws female and celebrity impersonators from throughout the country to compete in a night designed for fun and to raise money for local charitable organizations.
The contest featured 14 contestants. The first runner-up was Margeaux Powell (Jason Hayes) and the second runner-up was Miss Dallas Dubois (Daniel Logan) of New York.
Journalist Michael Musto, one of the seven celebrity judges for the competition, said the panel wanted to select someone who was unique and not a “cookie cutter” drag queen whom people have seen before.
“We were looking for someone magical and wonderful and all 14 did that in their own way,” he said.
The idea of the pageant is to have some fun with the traditional Miss America show that was held in the resort last week. The contestants competed in traditional Miss America events such as swimsuit, question and answer, and talent, though things are usually a lot more looser and fun than that other competition.
The contestants started the show by introducing themselves and divulging their favorite cuss words.
An exuberant crowd of 1,500 people cheered them on for the more than three-hour show.
Galloway Township residents Katrina Cheung and her sister Kawai went to the Miss America Competition last week and wanted to come here to support this show as well.
“We love the art of it,” Katrina Cheung said. “We wanted to support the LGBT community. It’s great having something like this here. Atlantic City doesn’t have a lot of events like this, and it’s so much fun.”
There were also a number of first-time people at the pageant.
Cape May resident Sam Gellura attended because his 13-year-old daughter, Talia, was dancing in the opening number.
“I am excited. From what I’ve seen at rehearsals it should be a riot,” he said. “It’s different. Definitely different. I am for anything anyone wants to do that makes them feel good. I am also all for fun and good times.”
Middle Township resident Chris Catanose said she was encouraged by her husband to attend.
“He told me it was something I’ll never forget,” she said.
The event is presented by the Greater Atlantic City Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Alliance and the Schultz-Hill Scholarship Foundation.
Proceeds from the pageant will be equally divided between the Greater Atlantic City GLBT Alliance and the Schultz-Hill Scholarship Foundation, and then split among various charities. Since its inception, the pageant has donated more than $200,000.
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