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Party Report: La Femme Wows Crowd (and Romanian Church-Goers) at Oregon Convention Center

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

 

La Femme

La Femme Magnifique winner Madame DuMoore right before hitting the stage during the "Showgirl" competition

It was quite the sight to see Darcelle XV back onstage Sunday night at the Oregon Convention Center. 

That’s because, just one year ago to the day, on that very convention center stage, Portland’s most iconic female impersonator said she would not be returning, and last year’s La Femme Magnifique and La Femme Magnifique Plus International Pageant to “crown the most glamourous female impersonators in the world” would be the very last.

That was then. And Sunday night was “wow.”

After much coaxing from friends and future contestants, Darcelle and his partner, Roxy La Roy, embraced the return of La Femme. First held in 1982, this year’s competition would push the number of La Femmes over the 50 winners mark. Not only were there plenty of glammed-out gals competing on stage at the Convention Center but also past winners on and off the stage, including “Champagne,” who celebrated her 30th year as a La Femme winner.

A panel of judges, included KGW-TV’s own morning pick-me-up, Brenda Braxton, judged each contestant in various categories including 'Black and White,' ‘Formal Wear,’ ’Talent’ and ‘Showgirl.' The latter category always brings out the biggest "oohs" and "aahs" from the packed audience because this is the time of the night where the contestants really go all out on their costumes a la Las Vegas showgirls.

Think sky head pieces and feathers popping out of everywhere. 

Although contestants often come from as far away as Hawaii to compete, it was two hometown ladies who were crowned with top honors at this year’s event: Priscilla Blackstone (Maurice Hines) for La Femme Magnifique Plus and Madame DuMoore (Daniel Pulver) for La Femme Magnifique. Both of them rose to the occasion with live props and spinning flags. 

And as for the night itself, one of the more intriguing mash-ups on Sunday evening was the fact that same night the Oregon Convention Center was also host to “Jesus Reigns,” a huge convention for members of the Romanian Pentecostal Church, giving the whole space a "Miss Bling meets The King" kind of vibe.  

Talk about your resurrection.

For more La Femme photos (including behind the scenes and backstage shots) please click here

 

Related Slideshow: Slideshow: La Femme Magnifique International Pageant

After coaxing from friends and future contestants Darcelle and his partner Roxy La Roy embraced the return of La Femme Magnifique.

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Amore Dior Black

Last year's La Femme winner Amora Dior Black performs a number.

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Priscilla Blackstone

This year's La Femme Plus winner Priscilla Blackstone with a live dove named "Ashes."

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Darcelle and Sara

Darcelle XV and his granddaughter Sara Graebe at La Femme.

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Showgirl

One of the various headdresses worn during the 'Showgirl' section of the La Femme Pageant.

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Madame DuMoore

Madame DuMoore hits the end of the stage during the 'Formal Wear' section of the evening.

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Madame DuMoore

Close up of La Femme 2014 winner Madame DuMoore.

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Darcelle & Brenda Braxton

Darcelle XV introduced KGW-TV's Brenda Braxton.

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Alexis Campbell Starr

2012 La Femme Plus winner Alexis Campbell Starr.

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Darcelle and Roxy

Darcelle and the longtime love of his life, Roxy, backstage at La Femme.

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Madame DuMoore

Madame DuMoore backstage before 'Showgirl' section.

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Madame DuMoore

Madame DuMoore's talent included spinning flags and spinning scantily clad men.

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Dominic

Miss Dominic was one of several guests at La Femme.

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Bolivia Carmichael

Bolivia Carmichael in her "prison" look at La Femme.

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Champagne

Champagne celebrated her 30th year as a La Femme winner onstage at the Oregon Convention Center on Sunday night.

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Poison Waters

A Portland favorite, and La Femme winner in 1992, Poison Waters dazzled the crowd. 

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Formal Wear

One of the contestants during the 'Formal Wear' section at La Femme on Sunday night. 

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Madame DuMoore

Madame DuMoore checks her look before going onstage at for the 'Showgirl' section of the evening. 

 
 

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