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Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. Retrieved from " https: The first winner was Tandi Andrews, but she was dethroned because she requested to run for another national pageant during her National reign. That sale fell through and was never completed. This pageant was a huge part of the "Big 5" National pageant systems in the s and early s. Cross-dressing Gender non-conformance Transvestism. They drew their inspiration from Female Impersonator of the Year, a one-time pageant event held in Houston inhosted by Ruth Buzzi and Lyle Waggonerand released as a cable-TV special and home video.
In more recent years, it has also evolved into a highly developed form of pageantry for male impersonators and transmenmodeled in the same style and spirit as female-centered pageantry see above. Please improve this article by removing excessive or inappropriate external links, and converting useful links where appropriate into footnote references. February Learn how and when to remove this template message. We have a lot of experience in that area, thanks to Sharon's work at the Bistro. If you go to the final night at nationals, there are people there from all over the United States. This article relies too much on references to primary sources.