Entertainer Erica Andrews—who counted Miss Continental, Miss Transexual America, and Miss International Queen among her titles—passed away on March 11 away after a battle with lung illness.
In addition to numerous pageant titles, Andrews appeared on Tyra, The Maury Povich Show and the controversial camp-horror flick Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives. A mentor to Drag Race contestant Roxxxy Andrews, Erica was known as “the most beautiful drag queen in captivity,” according to Windy City Times.
“One of my favorite Continental memories was when Erica Andrews came out in her swimwear,” recalled longtime pageant judge Denis Sabol. “She had a Native American/Cher sort of feel to it, yet it was very revealing and very classic. When she did her turn and walked, I just went ‘wow!'”
Drag Race contenders, including Willam, Mimi Imfurst and Alyssa Edwards, have tweeted their condolences to Roxxxy. Below, Roxxxy films Erica trying to pack for a tour.
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