ABBEVILLE — Even after having to find another venue, Friday’s benefit drag show hosted by Queens to the Rescue ended up drawing in an enthusiastic crowd.

The show was originally slated to be hosted at Howard’s on Main in Greenwood, but had to change venues earlier this month. The event, which raised money for the Humane Society of Greenwood and Abbeville County animal services, found its home at Natty’s on Trinity, which hosts a monthly drag show already.

“We’ve sold double the tickets we expected, and everybody at Natty’s has been so supportive and great,” said Michelle Shara, Queens to the Rescue founder and the event’s organizer. “All of these entertainers are doing this for free. They’re just doing this to raise money for animals.”

The show featured performances from hostess Onya Mann, as well as performances from Tricia Lust, Shania Satisfaction, Misster Cosplay, Vanity Von Dank and Vegas Von Dank. The show’s organizers, Queens to the Rescue, is a group dedicated to using drag performances to raise money for various animal rescue groups throughout the region.

“It was supposed to be just one show at first, but it just blew up,” Shara said. “I guess it just started because I really like drag. I wanted other people to experience how cool this is.”

The show melded comedy and dance, with the artists performing dance routines and lip-syncing to various songs. Each time one of the performers took to the stage, they had changed into another outfit ranging from elegant gowns to latex body suits and custom-made, colorful ensembles.

The crowd went wild for it, cheering and clapping along with the music and offering tips to the performers as they danced through the bar, mimicking singing their songs often with an over-the-top dramatic flair. All the while, host Onya Mann made it clear that all the fun that was had was in favor of raising money.

She ended the night with a call for unity — despite being booted from their original venue at Howard’s, she asked the attendees to go and eat there. There were no hard feelings about the change of venue, especially since the show completely sold out, Shara said.

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House of Mann for Bebe Rexha

Bebe Rexha says several designers declined to dress her for Grammys because she’s ‘too big’

Katie Scott

News: A lot of designers don't want to dress me because I'm too big, says Bebe Rexha of her size 8 figurex

WARNING: This story contains explicit language. 

Singer Bebe Rexha is speaking out against designers who have said they won’t dress her for the Grammys due to her size.

As the Grammys approach, she took to social media to discuss the trouble she’s been having when her and her team reach out to designers but they all allegedly decline because she’s “too big.”

“Im sorry, I had to get this off my chest. If you don’t like my fashion style or my music that’s one thing,” Rexha, who is nominated for Best New Artist and Best Country Duo/Group Performance, wrote.

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“But don’t say you can’t dress someone that isn’t a runway size. We are beautiful any size! Small or large! Anddddd My size 8 ass is still going to the Grammys. #LOVEYOURBODY,” Rexha tweeted with a video of her explaining the situation.

“So I finally get nominated at the Grammys and it’s like the coolest thing ever,” she said at the beginning of her video.

“And a lot of times, artists will go and talk to designers and they’ll make them custom dresses to walk the red carpet right, like you go to any big designer,” she shared.

She continued: “So I had my team hit out a lot of designers and a lot of them do not want to dress me because I’m too big. Literally, I’m too big,” the Meant To Be singer said.

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“If a size 6-8 is too big, then I don’t know what to tell you. I don’t want to wear your f**king dresses. Cause that’s crazy. You’re saying all the women in the world that are size 8 and up are not beautiful and they cannot wear your dresses,” Rexha said.

“So all the people who said I’m thick and I can’t wear dresses, f**k you and I don’t want to wear your f**king dresses,” Rexha concluded.

(Warning: This video contains explicit language.)

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Rexha never released the names of the designers who have told her she’s “too big” and declined to dress her.

After Rexha posted her message to social media, many people spoke out in support of her including Tyra BanksHouse of Mann designer  Brandon Hilton and Adam Lambert.

Tyra Banks quoted Rexha’s tweet, adding her own comment, “The day I met You [i]n Toronto, I knew U were xtra special. [ou]R impromptu posing lesson backstage was MAJOR. You stuck that leg & hip out & Tooched & Smized at the same time. Those designers that don’t wanna dress U are DUMB. U my dear @BebeRexha are pure genius… H2T – head to toe!.”

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Replying to @BebeRexha

YOU ARE STUNNING!!! I own LGBT fashion brand @TheHouseofMann and if you take a chance on us, we will make you something FABULOUS for The Grammys!!! we’ve dressed @KimPetras and a ton of other celebs!!! 

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Queen Lactatia for The House of Mann

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Our beloved 9-year-old bb drag princess Queen Lactatia is the new covergirl of queer artist and designer Brandon Hilton's fashion label House of Mann. That's the good news. As Montreal's most fiercely unapologetic beacon of authenticity, what would Lactatia, born Nemis Quinn Mélançon Golden, ever have to be sorry about? He's nine, and inspiring.

'Nuff said.

Apparently, all it takes for the underground surge of five-headed swamp trolls to rise these days is presenting a non-normative identity, and like, existing. So, the bad news — and it makes us cry — but the announcement, hailed by a series of iconic shots featuring Lactatia in a sequined full-coverage onesie — was followed by death threats and accusations of sexual abuse, ranging from 4chan and Twitter and spreading to right-wing outlets like The Daily Caller and Breitbart News. Hilton said he even received anonymous threats claiming someone ordered a hit to kill him via Bitcoin. Severe.

It should go without saying that Hilton and Lactatia have a professional relationship that seems built on artistry and mutual trust. Hilton, a professional drag queen himself, had heard about the sensational 9-year-old, and fully intended on making something for Lactatia to wear from his clothing line. Culturally speaking and for context, this is of course in line with how up-and-coming drag queens often have more established drag mothers who look out for them, lending outfits, booking them as opening acts for their shows, etc. Needless to say it's an act of love, family, and community. "We were completely planning on making her something original, but she picked the sequin onesie off the website and loved it," Hilton said in an interview with HuffPost. "So we made one in her size and sent it to her. Then her mom took photos of her in it."

To the haters, Hilton had this to say on Twitter:

Lactatia's mother similarly shut down critics who felt that Lactatia was somehow being sexualized in the images. "People fundamentally do not understand what drag and drag performance is," she told HuffPost. "Consequently, those people do not want to understand it either, so it makes explaining or defending it useless. We were honored that House of Mann chose to gift Lactatia with an amazing drag piece, especially since it was custom to size. It's hard finding drag-appropriate attire in kid's sizes."

Related | Killer Portraits of 8-Year-Old Drag Queen Lactatia 

What's important to note is that Hilton's decision to have Queen Lactatia be the face of his work plays a major role in the journey toward self-acceptance for all kids who color outside the lines. I can't speak for everyone, but if the 9-year-old me saw this 9-year-old back then, the world would've felt like a much safer, less scary, less monstrous, more free and colorful world. And also, do people have eyes? The image of Queen Lactatia in question is glorious, not condemnable.