Aussie eyes up beauty Queens

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

As Auck­land wel­comes back its gay pride pa­rade the city’s ‘‘very queer beauty pageant’’ Queens of the Whole Uni­verse may be tak­ing cen­tre stage across the ditch.

Artis­tic di­rec­tor Jonathan Smith is in talks with an or­gan­i­sa­tion in Mel­bourne which is look­ing at us­ing the light-hearted pageant as a fundrais­ing event.

The event held its fi­nal New Zealand per­for­mance in July last year and raised more than $205,000 for Aids and HIV char­i­ties in the years since it be­gan in 2004.

Mr Smith will di­rect the par­ody pageant for its first year be­fore hand­ing it over to the or­gan­i­sa­tion on a nine-year con­tract.

‘‘I just feel so hon­oured and hum­bled that an­other city would con­sider pick­ing it up. It was a huge event and I’m only just start­ing to re­alise now it’s over quite how big it was.’’

Mr Smith is hop­ing for the first pageant to be held on World Aids Day on De­cem­ber 1 this year.

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