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Best Drag Performer 

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First Place: Miss Magnolia Jackson Pickett Burnside

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Second Place: Michelle Livigne CuzimEdgy

Third Place: Sharon Husbands

The first thing Miss Magnolia Jackson Pickett Burnside wants to know when informed of her third win in a row: "Do I get my centerfold in Style now?" Not yet, honey. Newsprint can only take so much. But the last time we saw the reigning queen of local drag she looked fabulous, belting out the lip-synched words to an emotional "Guiding Light" rant onstage at Gallery5 before stripping to her skivvies. "It has always been my goal to provide an escape for my audience into my Southern-fried-burlesque-and-booze world, where they can forget their pains and laugh," she says. "I've never been the typical drag queen, more Vaudeville than Top 40, but I think that's what makes me relatable to the crowds." When she's a guest in the Richmond Burlesque Revue or hosting Little Show Peep at Gallery5, Miss Magnolia can't wait to get onstage and make people smile, and maybe pee their pants a little. "I'm just your little-Southern-whiskey-breathed-big-busted-ginger-from-next-door who will never forget that life's too important to be taken seriously!" Because Miss Magnolia is queen, we ask for her opinion on the runners-up, because she's performed with both. Of Michelle Livigne CuzimEdgy: "She continues to reinvent herself, keeping her edge." And Sharon Husbands: "A master, or rather mistress, of the art of drag." So she's humble too! Hell, just go ahead and give her that crate of Jack Daniel's, and next year we'll give serious thought to a centerfold.

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