So we stared at each other awkwardly for a minute. It definitely was a moment before I realized what had happened. What had happened was that Courtney Kelly was crowned the winner in only her first attempt at competing in this pageant. Now she will head off to St. Laura Dark. Tell us a bit about your drag history. My first time in drag was back in college at Ball State University where they do an annual drag show.
She loves rhinestones and glitter and drama, but the practical side of her character knows she has to please her audience, so she throws in some top 40, or hard rock, or whatever else is trending that she thinks will resonate with her fans. It works—or, she werks. Seven years ago when Deva Station first stepped onto the stage— a preliminary pageant to Miss Ohio America—her creator, who asked to remain anonymous, had never been in drag before. A friend painted his face, and he borrowed a gown. Deva was originally a kind of hiding place for her creator.
Miss Gay America , Suzy Wong, surrounded by other competitors. Photo by Scott Kirby. At the time, Jones—who goes by the name Norma Kristie in drag—would wear male clothes to gigs to avoid a crossdressing arrest, and said people would often yell "fag" or "queer" at him on the street like they were first names.