Monday, October 27, 2008

Like Day and Night

By day, these girls are all students, currently deep in the throes of college midterms. While her fellow queens relaxed by the pool of the Yambilee President at a special afternoon gathering before the coronation, Lauren Naquin, Fur Queen, managed to squeeze in a couple hours of work, looking every bit the college kid in sweatshirt and clutching notes. But come the evening, like Clark Kent emerging from an especially glam phone booth, she was transformed into a queen, with fur sash, sequined mantle, rhinestone crown and velvet cape. Lauren is about to be a queen for a second year running: her parish, still rebuilding from Rita, was wiped out by Ike, and her festival was cancelled. They have asked her to continue her reign as the parish looks at the future.

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