Ezmerald Kim Kardashian Wins Zimbabwe’s Discreet Drag Queen Pageant

For the finale of Zimbabwe’s pride week, local gay men got all dressed up for a good old fashioned drag ball.

At a recent rally during his successful reelection campaign, Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe vowed to behead the nation’s LGBT people. Critics have accused Mugabe of using anti-gay rhetoric to win support. In 1996 his supporters crashed a pride week event and Mugabe famously quipped that gays were “worse than pigs and dogs”.

The country has harsh laws against sodomy — an ex-president was convicted of violating them in 1998 — but attacks on people in same-sex relationships are rare.

Zimbabwe recently celebrated its annual ZimPride week — a low-key version of gay pride week, complete with book readings and film screenings. But the week ended with a rowdy drag queen pageant held outside of an “isolated farmhouse on a forest-shrouded hilltop on the outskirts of Harare, the capital,” according to the AP.

Although their country is generally uncomfortable with their sexuality, some gay men couldn’t worry about all that — they had a crown to win.

2. They painted their nails.

AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

3. Put on their flashiest outfits.

AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

4. And picked out their hottest pairs of heels.

AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

5. So that they could strike the finest poses.

AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

6. Okay, really fierce amazing poses.

AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

7. All in the name of being out and proud.

AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

8. But we all know there can only be one queen crowned Miss Jacaranda.

9. And this year, the honor went to 17-year-old Ezmerald Kim Kardashian.

A finer drag name has never been created.

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