SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - The sequins, the stilettos, the slinky frocks: Australia's best drag queens kicked up their heels for the annual DIVA Drag Queen awards in Sydney in a whirl of beehives and bosoms.
Photographers scrambled for a spot on the red carpet as more than 200 extravagantly coiffed and made-up queens gathered at Sydney's main racecourse on Monday night.
As each limousine door swung open, long slender legs -- followed by a muscle-bound body -- stepped into the battery of flash lights.
"It's a great way we can all come together, you don't really have many nights now in Sydney we can actually come in, get dressed up and have a great time," said DIVA chairman Paul Croft, a peroxide blonde in drop earrings and strappy dress.
Peroxide blonde was the hair color of choice that night, along with lashings of black mascara, miles of false eyelashes, sparkling jewellery and enormous busts.
Now in its 17th year, the DIVA awards celebrate the creative achievements of the best drag queen entertainers in Australia's gay capital Sydney.
But a drag queen's life is not all glitz and glamour.
Kirsten Damned, who wore a Shirley Temple style dress with an alien attached to her back and won the Costume Design of the Year award, said being it was lonely being a man in woman's clothing.
"You find it hard to find someone that will connect with you because you are a drag queen and gay men don't go for that, because you are big and loud in the face of everybody," Damned told Reuters Television.
A total of 20 awards were presented on the night.
Minnie Cooper took out the coveted Entertainer of the Year award, Maude Boate was inducted into the Drag Queen Hall of Fame and Penny D won Bitch of the Year, as voted by the public.
All money raised from the DIVA awards goes to the AIDS Council of New South Wales.