Womanless beauty pageant set for Saturday

Published 3:57 pm Friday, April 13, 2012

On Saturday, Greenville will be treated to a beauty pageant. But it’s no ordinary beauty pageant.

Instead of lovely ladies dressed in long gowns competing on stage, the community will see men dressed in long gowns competing in The Phoenix Salon’s Womanless Beauty Pageant.

At 6 p.m. at the Greenville YMCA about 15-20 male contestants will be walking the floor to win the hearts and votes of community members to raise money for Relay for Life.

“We’re going to be providing the hair and makeup for the guys and then we’ll go to the YMCA,” The Phoenix Salon’s owner Kristi Bruton said. “The votes will be done by audience members in the form of cash.”

Audience members will be allowed to put money in an envelope and use that as his or her vote.

“Steve Norman and Ben Norman will be providing the entertainment while they’re counting the money,” Bruton said.

No formal judging will take place at the competition, and it will be up to every contestant to raise enough money from the audience to win.

This is the first year that Bruton and her team at The Phoenix Salon have done a womanless beauty pageant. She hopes to raise about $1,000 from the night.

“It’s a great cause,” Bruton said. “We all have somebody in our family who has died of cancer, and the more money we can donate to research, the better.”

The event will be Saturday at 6 p.m. at the YMCA. Admission is $5.