Congratulations to Valynne Vile, who took home the title of Ms Cobalt 2014!
Anna Propriette and Shanda Leer rounded out the top three, and it was tough choice because each girl embodies the unapologetic and creative spirit of queer East Van.
I judged the second round of the contest, and Valynne was an obvious star. She got her start in drag just last year at the Mr/Ms Cobalt 2013 competition and has since been in high demand, calling The Cobalt home and the people who frequent it family.
I once did a write-up on Valynne for my column Blitz & Shitz and billed her as being “like Sharon Needles, without the ego.”
Known for her spooky glamour, Valynne has a defined character but isn’t afraid of stepping out of her comfort zone and trying something new. Whether tackling the living dead, a trashy diva or Sailor Jupiter, her versatility and dedication — along with her drinking problem — make her the perfect ambassador for The Cobalt.
Note: I’ll be adding a video of Valynne’s winning performance as soon as one is uploaded.