“Dazzling” is a series of photographic portraits taken at the Platinum International New comer’s Pageant and at several subsquent pageants. The portraits are of the participants, a mixture of drag, cross-dressing and transgender. They are competing to become Mr. and Miss Platinum International Newcomer. The subjects are primarily African American, and the Pageant is held in an improvised club in the town of Fairfield, Alabama, a previously white steel town outside of Birmingham, Alabama, whose population is now 90% African American. Daryl, who legally changed his name in 2009 to Daroneshia, operates the Pageant.
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