Leopard print-clad brunette named Miss'd America (that's the top U.S. drag queen)
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 4:53 PM on 17th January 2011
This glamorous brunette Miss Kitty Hiccups in a leopard print-clad dress has come out on top in a leading American U.S. beauty pageant.
But the 32-year-old, crowned Miss'd America 2011, is a man also known as David Hyland.
Miss Hiccups - or Mr Hyland - beat seven other competitors in the drag-queen pageant - a charity fundraiser held the day after the final of Miss America on the same catwalk.
Miss'd America: Miss Kitty Hiccups walks the runway after being named the 2011 winner
Just hours after Teresa Scanlan, 17, triumphed against 52 other finalists it was Mr Hyland who was clutching a bundle of roses and waving to the crowd's
The irrelevant pageant began in 1993 and is always hosted the day after the 'real' event.
The colourful alternative event, which attracted a ballroom crowd of 1,200 people, and raises thousands of dollars for U.S. charities at the well-known Boardwalk Hall venue in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Eight contestants competing for the crown sang and danced through various musical numbers in between competing in evening gown, interview, swimsuit and talent competitions.
On the throne: Miss Kitty Hiccups was the run-away winner, beating seven other competitors
Defeated: Reigning Miss'd America Queen Michelle Dupree (aka Scott Cooper) of Bergen County, New Jersey had to give up the crown
Richard Heflant, the president of the Greater Atlantic GLBT Alliance, said: 'Miss'd Amerca was a concept created about sixteen years ago by John Shutz and Gary Hill for the people that worked behind the scenes of Miss American who missed it because they were working behind the scenes.
'It has just grown and grown and last year it went into the Adrian Phillips Ballroom, this year it's back in the ballroom. Who knows, next year it could be taking over this arena because it's really grown, and it's really done a lot to showcase Atlantic City.
'First year it was kind of modest, not very many people, and it grew until it became a mega event, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities over the years.'
Kitty Hiccups triumphed the day after Miss Nebraska Teresa Scanlon was named Miss America.
She won the $50,000 scholarship and a year-long run with the crown at the competition at the Planet Hollywood casino-resort in Las Vegas, giving the Cornhusker State its first-ever win at the pageant.
Alternative event: Drag queens graced the stage the day after Miss America was crowned (picture fom last year's event)
Miss Chic Chi Rodriguez performs during the talent competition at the 2011 Miss'd America Pageant