By Jeremy Burnette
Miss Gay USofA at Large 2016, honoring Miss Gay USofA At Large Ka’aliyah McKim Diamond, was held September 20-23 at AXIS Nightclub in Columbus, OH. Twenty-two lovely and talented young ladies battled fiercely for the title, but Sasha Lauren of Dallas, TX was undeniable on her way to capturing the crown.
The week began with an amazing Stars of the USofA Show starring numerous Miss Gay USofA at Large formers, representatives of the current USofA Court, and special guests. From the comedic talents of Carmella Marcella Garcia, the live vocal stylings of Denise Russell, the glamour of Chelsea Pearl, the grace of Victoria LePaige, and the energy of Jacqueline St. James, the AXIS crowd was educated on exactly what old-school drag is and why it will never die. The Dancing Divas were also there in full force as Kelexis Davenport’s candor and wit entertained the crowd on the microphone and Kathryn York (Happy 10 th Anniversary!), Desiree DeMornay, Dorae Saunders, Angelica Sanchez, and Ka’aliyah McKim Dia- mond left it all on the stage. It was a great night for the contestants to mingle and witness the amazing legacy of USofA at Large.
The contestants competed in Personal Interview with the Judges as well as Preliminary Talent and Evening Gown before our Top 12 was named on Friday. In what has got to be a first in the USofA System, four contest- ants swept all categories in the preliminary group awards. They were Alyssa Nicole Whitney, Sasha Adams, Chy’enne Valentino, and Sasha Lauren. Continue reading Miss Gay USofA at Large 2016 Recap