*Enter pageant wave here*
This week newly reigning Miss Gay Utah and current reigning 2017 Miss Gay Central States America, Miss Gia Bianca Stephens and her alter-ego Ted Nicholls, joined us for a lesson in drag pageantry, cleared up some misconceptions, and gave us some herstory on Gia’s start.
We know that not everyone might be familiar with what defines a drag queen vs say a transvestite, or someone who is transgender. Gia reminded us that the term “drag” comes from Shakespeare “Dress Resembling A Girl,” because once upon a time men played both roles on stage. Also a reminder that drag isn’t a sexual orientation but merely an art form.
Gia Bianca Stephens has made a name for herself in the Utah drag and performance community. Gia was integral in starting Beauties on Broadway Brunch, Ladies of Marmalade with one of our alumnus Indi Skies, she had traveled the country competing in numerous pageants, and she helped start one of Utah’s first drag pageants; Miss Great Beehive State Premier. Listening to Gia talk about Utah’s drag community, it is true, we really do have something special here with the variety of talent. We don’t want to give away too much of the interview, but we learned a lot, so you should listen and learn too!
We can’t wait to see how she does again at Miss Gay America when she decides to compete again. Follow and support Gia Bianca Stephens on her Facebook and Instagram to see where her next performances and pageants lead her! And TIP… THIS… QUEEN!
This week we are so excited to announce the grand opening of The Truffle Cottage’s store front! They will be having a grand opening February 3rd at 11am at 45 S Main Street in Pleasant Grove! Congrats to Jennie and her team. Check out our episode we got chocolate wasted with The Truffle Cottage by clicking HERE.
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Music: Bootleggers Dance by local Utah Band Folk Hogan