This past weekend on the Outer Banks, was filled with things to do and, even though the weather wasnâ€™t perfect, it was far from a wash out.
The social highlight of the weekend had to be the 3rd Annual Womanless Beauty Pageant. For all that it is loud and funny and a bit off-color at times, it is a remarkable example of all that is best about the Outer Banks community.
Eleven men, dressed in whatever womenâ€™s clothing they could find to fit–actually some of them looked pretty good–selling tickets and taking the stage for charity. Held at Kellyâ€™s Outer Banks Tavern in Nags Head, it was the most successful to date.
The winner is selected through completely objective criteria—whoever raised the most money for the charity of their choice was crowned 2013 Outer Banks Charity Queen of the Third Annual Womanless Beauty Pageant.
Using that criteria, the reigning queen for 2013 is Philonceâ€™ (rhymes with Beyonce) who collected over $10,000 for Get Pinked, a grassroots effort sponsored by the Outer Banks Hospital to raise money for breast cancer patients. Phil Foreman, owner of Brew Thru was the man behind the wig and makeup.
According to Dee Buchanan, who has been the organizing genius behind the event all three years, the 2013 Womanless Beauty Contest shattered last yearâ€™s record raising over $35,000 and still counting. An amazing tribute to the spirit of the Outer Banks.