THE ELEPHANT QUEEN: Eureka O’Hara, Miss Blue Ridge Pride 2011 and 2014, is the only two-time winner of the local pageant. Known for her unyielding body positivity, Eureka appeared on "RuPaul’s Drag Race."

Miss Blue Ridge Pride Pageant challenges gender norms

“It’s a platform that can be used to vocalize LGBTQ+ issues that our community is currently facing,” says Ginger Von Snap, Miss Blue Ridge Pride 2016. Since taking the title, Ginger (aka Kaleb Sisco) has used her position to raise awareness of underrepresented subdivisions on the LGBTQ+ spectrum, like transgender youth and those who are gender-fluid.