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Drag Divas (and some dudes) of Corpus Christi, 1990s style!

August 21, 2017

RuPaul’s ladies have nothing on these Drag Divas of the fabulous 90s! The hair, the nails, the gowns that shimmer!!!

Miss Corpus Christi America pageant, 1994 and undated

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Female impersonators from across the state of Texas flocked to these pageants to secure a place among the royalty of the Miss Gay Texas America pageant circuit which was and is the oldest and largest pageant for female impersonators in the state. After winning at the local level, contestants went on to compete at the state level. Judging by the expression on this lovely lady’s face, snagging a crown was a big deal!

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Miss Nueces County pageant, undated

The Miss Corpus Christi America pageant and related pageants were put on by Texas Crown Productions owned by Rudy Cardona and his partner, Victor Lopez. This past fall,  Victor donated the photographs to UTSA Special Collections. All photographs have been digitized and can be viewed via the online guide for the Victor Lopez and Rudy Cardona Photograph Collection.

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The gals weren’t the only competitors on the pageant circuit. The guys came out to compete in the Mr. Corpus Christi pageant and offered an interesting array of talent-nothing says 90s like the fashion especially the performers in the leotards!

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  1. August 21, 2017 11:57 pm

    Reblogged this on stillness of heart and commented:
    Amazing.

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