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A Very Queer Beauty Pageant

16 July 2004

Queen Of The Whole Pacific – A Very Queer Beauty Pageant Set To Redefine The Meaning Of Beauty Queen

A spectacular showcase for beauty queens, representing the Pacific Rim, is to be held at the SKYCITY Theatre on September 18, with just one little twist – the contestants will be primarily men!

The pageant is planned as a major fundraiser for the New Zealand AIDS Foundation, and is based on a similar event held in Los Angeles in the late 1990’s, which was followed by a drag-umentary entitled “Queen of the Whole Wide World”.

The New Zealand AIDS Foundation is a registered charitable trust, working towards preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS in New Zealand, and which offers a variety of services to those people living with HIV/AIDS, and their families.

Contestants representing a range of Pacific nations from Russia to Antarctica will join Miss Aotearoa and twenty-five other entrants in an evening of song, dance and rivalry, where the participants will be eliminated by a panel of judges until only one remains – The Queen of the Whole Pacific 2004.

Jonathan Smith, the Event Manager, is enthusiastic at the prospect of organising a unique entertainment experience. “If I look back over my last ten years in the event industry,” he said, “this would be the most exciting and challenging event I’ve ever been involved with.”


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