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London’s Next Top Tranny

A few Illamasqua HQ colleagues and I saw September out with a bang with a visit to the London’s Next Top Tranny awards on Thursday [me and Calum below!]

The trannies of London strutted their way to Bethnal Green’s Working Man’s Club for the finals, with a panel of judges including the wonderful Scottee, boutique owner Jeanette, the ever-fabulous Jonny Woo and singer [and Illamasqua fan] Paloma Faith and hosted by the uber-glam Russella.

Not only were Illamasqua offering a fantastic prize of £100 worth of product, but also the chance for the winner to come along for a complimentary course at the newly opened School of Make-up Art at 20 Beak Street – our new flagship store!

Russella presented the 5 entrants – among them a tranny with a gold, glittering beard and rather naughty leg tattoo, a tranny from the USA, a tranny with beautiful goldilocks hair, a tranny with the best pair of legs I’ve ever seen and a tranny who was…well … not really a tranny at all but a woman dressed as a man dressed as a woman – namely, Prince…!

With tasks ranging from “Tranny with the best legs”, “Tranny with the best catwalk” and “Tranny with the best solo act” the judges picked a different winner for each category. The final act with the trannies having to mime along to a song of their choice was absolutely hilarious, with the Prince Tranny doing the funniest version of Prince’s hit “Kiss” I’ve ever seen! Rather explicit shot below that gives you an idea…

Some more snap shots from the evening…

And a final pic of Rosa and I with the lovely Paloma Faith…

Check out Russella’s hilarious single “Too Fabulous”…



Govinder Rayt

Govinder Rayt

Writer and expert