QWU® premiered in Auckland on Saturday 18 September 2004. The
musical parody on a beauty pageant, now in its 6th year, has donated
over $145,000 for HIV/AIDS causes in New Zealand whilst entertaining
the audiences in what has become a must see annual event on the
Auckland event calendar.
The basis of the event is a beauty pageant with a difference where most
but not all of the cast are boys dressed as girls, all with one mission, to
receive the coveted crown.
The first act, a spoof on Miss World, features all the 'girls' opening the
show with a song and dance extravaganza. This theratical opening is
followed by the contestants parading in 'headgear of nations' on the QWU
'cat'walk. The 'girls & boy's eagerly await the announcement of the
special awards: Miss Congeniality, Miss Pins & Needles, Miss Beauty with a
Purpose and Mr Toned QWU boy followed by the announcement of the
semi-finalists who will proceed to the rigors of act two.
Act two concentrates solely on the finalists who compete in two
categories; special catwalk parade with interview and the artistic/talent
performance section featuring their countries music, colours and culture.
The show concludes with the presentation of the crown to the ultimate
Sounds like a recipe for disaster with that number of drag queens or is it
QWU ® - Queen of the Whole Universe'.
In support of HIV/AIDS Causes in New Zealand
Buffy and Bimbo