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MISS INTL. QUEEN is DEAD!

Postby ASGARD » Sat Mar 16, 2013 11:10 am

    

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Former MISS INTERNATIONAL QUEEN and Miss Continental 2004, Erica Andrews has died at age of 53 years old, according to friends and colleagues. She passed away March 11 after a lung-related illness.
Eric Andrews participate and won for MEXICO the title and crown of MISS INTERNATIONAL QUEEN held in Tiffany Pattaya, Thailand. She had moved from San Antonio, Texas, to Terre Haute, Ind., just under a year ago to be with her significant other.

Friends posted loving tributes to Andrews on Facebook.

Andrews was recently a promoter with the franchise Miss Texas Continental (with Javier Castillo). She had been on The Tyra Banks Show as well as The Maury Povich Show several times. She also periodically did makeup for the Povich show, a position she got when on her second appearance she refused to be made up by his people.

Erica Andrews, a nationally known trans woman and drag diva who headlined the Dallas-filmed indie flick Ticked Off Trannies with Knives, died last night in Chicago from a lung infection, according to reports.

Andrews, who was in her 40s, was the “drag mother” of RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Roxxxy Andrews. She appeared with former Drag Racer and Ticked Off co-star Willam Belli at his show at the Rose Room in December. “A Goddess just met God,” Belli tweeted last night when word broke of her passing last night — ironically, as the latest episode of Drag Race aired on Logo. “I love you Erica Andrews,” Belli added.

“I’m sad. It came as such a shock,” said Ronald Radwanski, a local painter and director of the ilume Gallerie on Cedar Springs. “I didn’t even know she was sick. The last time we talked was when my nephew moved to Chicago. She was loving living in Chicago with her boyfriend, Juan.”

Radwanski became close to Andrews when he and photographer Jorge Rivas chose her as the first model for the Faces of Life photographic campaign.

“She was the first person we photographed with the red ribbon back in 2010,” he said. “She was a delight to be with — always doing something to help people. She used her art to perform and make a difference. It’s one thing to be talented; it’s another to have people make movies about you. She didn’t turn off her heart when she turned on her charm.”

“I’d met Erica prior to working with her on Ticked Off,” said Toni Miller, who produced the film. “Like many, I was dazzled by her beauty and incredible presence. To our good fortune, Erica exuded all that and more in her performance and remained a true professional throughout the filming process. Erica’s passing is a tragic loss for our community. I’m blessed to have known her.”

Born in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, Andrews — who went by “Eddie” as a boy — created her drag character about 25 years ago. She won numerous drag titles over her career, including Miss Gay Texas US of America 1997, Miss Gay US of America 1999, MISS INTERNATIONAL QUEEN 2006 and 2006′s Entertainer of the Year. But more than just pageants, she was dedicated to gay causes.

“Probably the thing I’ll remember most about her is painting her body,” Radwanski recalled, which he did for a photo to promote Faces of Life (above). “We talked about painting her silver or gold for Faces of Life, but she said why don’t you just paint me now like I’m coming out of the painting [you are donating]. I spent about an hour and a half painting her nude from the waist up. People were gathered outside the ilume, staring in through the windows while we did it. Then she went to perform at the Rose Room. She came out, they shined the spot on her with a gown on while she was singing ‘True Colors.’ Then she dropped her feathers and it looked like she was coming out of the painting.”

The ilume is planning a memorial service for Andrews, which will take place Thursday. The time has not been set yet.


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Performer Erica Andrews won many beauty pageants, they include:
-Miss Gay Texas US of America 1997
-Miss Gay US of America 1999
-Miss Texas Continental 2001
-Miss Florida Continental 2004
-Universal Show Queen 2004
-MISS CONTINENTAL 2004
-MISS INTERNATIONAL QUEEN 2006 at Tiffany Pattaya
-Entertainer of the Year 2006

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Re: MISS INTL. QUEEN is DEAD!

Postby Mariana Erwin » Sun Mar 17, 2013 1:30 am

How should I have known - s/he was Miss International Queen 2006, not 2005. May s/he rest in peace. :%(( :%(( :%(( :%(( :%(( :%(( :%(( :%(( :%(( :%(( :%(( :%(( :%(( :%(( :%(( :%(( :%(( :%(( :%(( :%((
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Re: MISS INTL. QUEEN is DEAD!

Postby Tzara » Mon Mar 18, 2013 2:10 pm

She looked perfect for an International DRAG Queen crown, but that was not the case, I guess, since the 1st and 2nd runners-up were very feminine, not drag at all. If it wasn't a drag contest, the 1st runner up was obviously the fair winner. This venezuelan/Osmel style is totally draggy, as we can easily see...
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