Spectators from Lavender Hill and surrounds cheered on the participants in this year’s Miss Gay Lavender Hill LGBTQIA pageant on Saturday.
The event, at Fawley Court, was held in memory of the late Luke Dillan Kiel Hendricks, aka “Gita”, the founder of the pageant, who would have celebrated his 31st birthday on the day.
Organiser Caylim Hendricks, Gita’s former partner, described the day as “very emotional and overwhelming”, and he thanked all the participants as well as all the pageant’s supporters.
Alicia Amy Connersia, of Delft, was crowned Queen; Larissa Lalla Gordon, from Heathfield, was 1st Princess; and Tammy Rhuday Fredericks, from Somerset West, was 2nd Princess.
The Best Dress prize went to Jessica Black.
“I was overwhelmed, happy and proud,” said Ms Connersia. “This was my third time entering the pageant, and this year I gave it my all with perseverance.
“The theme was to create a look that fits your personality, and I chose a Barbie look. I was a colourful Barbie in a box but whose message was not to be boxed as a transgender woman.
“I also chose to be a colourful Barbie, which represents the Rainbow Nation including the LGBTQIA community.”
Ms Connersia walked off with a crown, a sash, R2500 cash, gifts and flowers.