Every once in a while you come across someone that changes your perspective about how other’s live their lives and an understanding that while they may seem different, in fact you have more in common than you think. I first met Princess Stephaney as she was fawning over my husband, to be honest I didn’t know how to judge the situation, and yes I was somewhat upset about the situation. But what I learned is that she has this wicked since of humor, and it’s not reserved for just one person, it’s her way to engaging with people.
Princess Stephaney has lived in New Orleans for 25 years, and since moving here she has become an important and beloved part of the LGBT community. She is not a “drag queen”, but identifies as a transvestite. To her this means at work she is in “drag”, but performs as a “drag queen”. Now some of you may not understand this logic, and in reality it’s not anyone’s place to judge or make assumptions; it’s how she views her life.
I asked her where she gets her wicked since of humor she stated “Mae West”, and “I would watch all her moves, and write down all the one liners”, but she also admires Phyllis Diller and Cher among others. It was the comedian in each that she was drawn to.
Princess Stephaney was crowned Miss. New Orleans Pride 2017, and stated that she was “surprised and honored”. I have to say that she has earned the title; while some believe that maybe she shouldn’t have won, I ask why not? She gives of her time and passion to the LGBT community and is always there to help raise awareness for the LGBT community. She does this without looking for gratitude or thanks.
“I want to be all inclusive with my platform, wishing our community that is rich in diversity and ethnicity that we embrace our Latino and Asian sisters and brothers to become more visible. All year.” Princess Stephaney
Two years later I have a profound respect for Princess Stephaney, I admire her ability to just want to have fun, enjoy life, and be herself. It’s a rare quality to have and one that has been earned though just being herself. Thanks for being you Princess Stephaney!
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