Sapphira Cristal takes the Crown!

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Sapphira Cristal takes the Crown!

Kathleen Garcia

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After seven long years, Sapphira Cristal is finally crowned queen at the Miss’d America Contest on September 21, 2019. The winning act was Cristal’s operatic presentation of “Minnie the Moocher,” where she sang and danced which got the crowd on their feet! The categories the contestants had to perform in were swimsuit, talent, evening gown, followed finally by question and answer. Cristal came all the way from Texas to put on a great show!

Miss’d America is a Drag Queen Pageant, which takes place in the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The beauty pageant originated in New York and has since come a long way. The Miss’d America pageant donates a portion of its proceeds to LGBTQ charities, this year raising about $500,000. 

Sapphira Cristal has been doing drag since college years. Sharing a story about an experience, she was in college when her biological father found out that she was a homosexual that participated in drag. Her father did not approve of this lifestyle and stopped helping her pay for college. Throughout all this, Sapphira ended up homeless for about a year, learning patience, friendship, and the confidence to determine that she could be a person to push through anything and come up on top.