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The 40th annual event, hosted by Portland's legendary Darcelle, drew a big crowd to Oregon Convention Center.

COURTESY PHOTO: MARTY DAVIS - Drag queens crowned at the 40th La Femme Magnifique International pageant (from left): Kristie Champagne, BinKyee Bellflower and Ilani Palacios.
Some 450 people attended the 40th annual La Femme Magnifique International, the drag queen pageant hosted by Portland's legendary female impersonator Darcelle at Oregon Convention Center, Sept. 4.

BinKyee Bellflower of Portland took home the title of La Femme Magnifique International 2022.

In the other categories:

Kristie Champagne of Seattle earned the title of La Femme Magnifique International Plus 2022.

And, Ilani Palacios, who's from Washington state, was named La Femme Magnifique International Enhanced.

No one competed in the Classic category.

The drag queens were judged on formal wear, talent and Vegas showgirl aspects.

It's quite a gathering of drag queens and fans; drag queens have become quite trendy.

Darcelle had a funny line before the pageant:

"I like to say there's not a feather left from here to the Mississippi," Darcelle said.


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