Reposted from Livejournal
This past Saturday (4/20) I packed up my car and headed to Atlanta. My main
purpose was to compete for the first time in the Miss Klingon Empire
Beauty Pageant (MKE), however it had the supreme added benefit of
letting me see some of my good Trek friends.
About 2 hours out
of ATL I started getting nervous. Very nervous. I knew it had to do with
MKE since I had put a lot of work into my performance, but it's not
like I've never entered a contest before. I tried to ignore it with
music, which helped.
I got to the hotel around 1. After a quick
check-in Theresa (my roomie and all around awesome lady) found me and
helped me schlep my stuff upstairs, then it was off to panels and all
I started getting ready around 5, which was quite
early since the contest didn't start till 8:30. However I get hot easily
so I wanted to give myself time to prep and cool down before I hit the
main floor. At around 7:30 I slipped on my heels, tried to fight my
nerves, and headed down. Immediately I was getting compliments, which
gave me warm fuzzies. I knew that Kligons in fancy dresses was a rare
sight, but it was still nice. I saw Eric, head of the con and emcee, so I
said he. He mentioned that what I was doing was what he had always
hoped a woman would do. I was SO GLAD to hear that because my biggest
concern (other than my talent) was if my costume would be acceptable to
enter the contest with since I'd never seen anyone else in fancy dress. Note:
Even though Eric is the top nut, he in no way influences the judges. In
fact the only time I saw him talk to them was when they gave him their
While I was milling I saw Theresa, who had a shot
of honey rum for me. Girl knows what helps! :D I also saw Keela, who was
wearing her crown as last year's MKE Queen. She gave me a hug and
rooted me on. I'm hereby stating that hugging the previous winner is
clearly good luck!
A little before 8:30 I took my seat by the
stage with another contestant and waited. Waiting while nervous is BAD.
I'm glad I had water with me because I was starting to get acid burps. I
tried to read over my recitation for the talent portion (a Klingon-ized
version of Henry V's 'Once More Into The Breech'). The other contestant
was incredibly sweet and talked me down a little. We also traded
boyfriend stories, which was really cute. Finally the last 3 women
showed. Omg did they SHOW! They were equally very pretty and very
I'm skipping a full breakdown because I'm fairly sure a video will be popping up on youtube soon.
in all every lady did a bang-up job. The audience ate up every moment
and it was clear that they loved what they saw. The best part was the
catfights. I can think of at least two times we all got on stage and
hissed at each other. Not going to lie, it was hot. There was one moment
though where one of the ladies nearly knocked my wig off. XD
the time came to pick the winner. It all happened so quickly I don't
think I really registered that I'd won till I was mock-fighting again.
lol! I was, and still am, incredibly honored to be chosen. Ever since I
found out about MKE seven years ago I've wanted to compete. In fact I
came up with the idea for my costume nearly a year ago (although I
didn't start working on it till January). To say I've been lusting after
the crown would be an understatement...
Now I need to start plotting for Miss Star Trek Universe...