The annual German Drag
Queen competition in Hamburg
went down a storm when it took place on 10th March. The 8 finalists
of 2002 all put on fantastic shows with some amazing costumes; one even had several
live snakes draped around her body. The event was hosted by the famous 2.7m
high drag queen Olivia Jones. Judging the contests were some rather tasty
looking guys: Marcello Barkowski (Mr.Germany 2000), Jochen Kientz (a football
player from Hamburg FC), Carsten Spengemann (a famous German actor) and Dani
from the pop group Mr. President.
Five German television
stations also covered the event along with many newspapers and publications.
The event was sold out with a mixture of gay and straight people in the
audience, although the atmosphere was very much taken over by the gays.
A couple of us gogo
boys and 2 drag queens from England
(Winnie La Freak and Twiglett) were also flown in to add to the entertainment
of the night. The winner was Irene, 24 years old born in Philippines. She works in a German
transvestite show called Pulverfab. Her prize was a holiday and speanding
money. I asked what she most liked about dressing up "I love
dressing up for the boys. I find it amazing the number of gay men who go for
another man dressed as a woman. There's a certain intrigue and mystery about it
all. Gay men adore glamour, just look at Joan Collins as Alexis in Dynasty,
powerful and sexy. she was every gay man's icon" she said.
The company sponsoring
the event was Die Waescherei,
a large gay owned department store located in Hamburg. I asked the manager of it, Michael
Eck, why they had invested so much sponsorship into the event. He replied by
saying: "the company does everything because it shows that we care about
the gay scene, not only is it good advertising but also a lot of fun. People
like our shop because we constantly do new unexpected things; we also produce
now our own CD. On Saturdays we have DJ's in the shop and they are also good
producers for chill out and house music".
Here are some photos
from the night…
Below are some photos we did at a fashion shoot the
One of them is a copy of a Versace magazine advert
as I thought it was really sexy…