… for Mr. DC 2012

The gentlemen of DC have definitely given us ladies a run for our money! At last night’s inaugural Mr. DC pageant, a fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals hosted by my fellow Miss DC finalists and yours truly, the dapper gents put on a fantastic show with their incredible talent, wit, charm, and best of all, generosity through a talent competition, formal wear competition, and on-stage question. They impressed four of DC’s fantastic femme fatale judges – Miss America 2010 Caressa Cameron, Miss DC 2006 and K Street Kate founder Kate Michael, Bitches Who Brunch founder Cori Sue Morris, and L2 Lounge‘s Jana Sedlakova – and all of DC! If you missed the action at L2 Lounge in Georgetown but still want to see for yourself just how the event went, check out Kate’s short film here.

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In addition to raising over $7700 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, all of us finalists had the opportunity to showcase members of our community, their passions, and their talents. One of the best things about DC is found in its people, and this event really was the perfect way for us to highlight how phenomenal Washingtonians are. In addition to holding high-powered jobs, they are serving the community through a variety of charities and actively engaging in DC life. A huge congratulations to my friend Hirsh Singh who was crowned Mr. DC! And a huge thank you to my suave Mr. DC candidate, Mr. Brandon Andrews!

One unknown fact about the Mr. DC pageant is that the Miss DC finalists, led by the amazing Rachel Demaree (you’ll remember her from Memorial Day weekend here), organized the event in very little time! We pulled together and used our unique skills and connections to launch a successful night that far exceeded expectations. Time and time again, I tell my family members, friends, and acquaintances that the stereotype of catty pageant girls is just not true. This event was a testament to the fact that we have developed a sisterhood that transcends the evening of the pageant.

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