Drag queens unite for La Femme Magnifique International

Who will take home the top honors at La Femme Magnifique International The La Femme Magnifique drag queen pageant last took place in 2019. It returns Sept. 4 to the Oregon Convention Center.

The operative word in drag is "glamorous" and not "beautiful," says Walter Cole, somebody who knows such things and one of the greatest to ever put on the sequined dresses, big hair and long lashes.

"We don't say 'beautiful,'" said Cole, aka Portland's famous Darcelle, the oldest working drag queen in the world. "It's a 'glamorous' person."