Katiso “Konang Grae”Kgope entered her first Miss Valentine’s pageant in 2014 in Daveyton and was crowned the 2nd princess. In 2015 she finally became the queen
of love and won the title of Miss Valentine’s Daveyton. Two years later
she tried her shot at the crown for Miss Daveyton LGBTI and won the title of 1st runner up for 2016 and 2017.
Over the years Konang has worked with one of the big names in the LGBTI
community. An internationally acclaimed photographer ,and visual
activist, Zanele Muholi. Konang is a participant of projects including Brave
Beauties, which is a photo series featuring Transwomen in South Africa. Participants share their stories with the world with the aim of further educating people about
Transwomen in South Africa. The project has been exhibited in different countries and Konang was part of the exhibitions in August 2017 at Stevenson Art Gallery in Cape Town and Durban Art Gallery in December 2017.
The 23-year-old from Daveyton was selected to be a finalist for the prestigious pageant for Transgender and Drag queens called Miss Drag South Africa. Battle of beauty and, not just any typical beauty pageant, but a pageant that focuses more on what a woman in the LGBTI community can do for her community.
its not only about the beauty but more about being a beauty that serves a great purpose in the good and benefit for their community. Konang was asked to do a project called Drag with a purpose which is a project that involves doing something that will benefit your community. She has decided to think outside the box and thought of an
unusual way of doing so. She decided to create posters of the
different individual sexual orientations and give brief explanations of
what each of the LGBTI abbreviations stand for and has decided to put up her
posters around her community of Daveyton. The beauty queen felt it best that
having those posters all around, is a good way of educating people of
Daveyton about the LGBTI community and avoiding stereotypes.
Konang will fight for the crown for Miss Drag South Africa 2018 this
weekend, on the 29th of September
in the Port Elizabeth Opera House. You can
show your support by purchasing your ticket at Computicket for R150 a
#TeamKonang #MissDragSouthAfrica2018 #EvHEmpire
Photos by: Tim Wilson