OUTLOUD and the Beverly Center presented Pride @ Bev in the Grand Court, Level 6, on Saturday, May 20, 2023. The event, hosted by Billy Francesca, featured RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 15 winner Sasha Colby along with her Drag Race sisters Salina Estities and Naysha Lopez with a performance by Marta Beatchu. There was a panel discussion by Ryan Mitchell, and the crowd was treated to each queen taking the stage to perform. The event was streamed live on Instagram.
Prive @ Bev offered plenty of freebees and photo ops, including a Glam Station by Sephora, FIDM Fashion Illustrations, and a MCM Photobooth. Guests also had a walk off for a chance to win an OUTLOUD VIP giveaway and there were also chances to win big on the Beverly Center Spin Wheel, not to mention complimentary cotton candy and popcorn.
Fresh off her season 15 win, trans activist and Miss Continental title holder Sasha joined Salina and Naysha for a Q&A where they dished about their early beginnings in drag, shared behind the scenes stories on Drag Race, Rupaul, and life after the reality TV competition Show. They talked about their lowest points, their highlights and how the art of drag is currently under attack by the right. They also took questions from the audience.
Following the panel discussion was a walk off, where attendees were allowed to strut their stuff on a runway for a prize.
All three panelists performed in the later portion of the event. There was also a special performance by by Marta Beatchu who was there as a guest.
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