Buff Faye is currently the 2019-20 titleholder for National Entertainer of the Year (EOY), FI. She is proud to be an active, visible leader in her community of Charlotte, NC.
As National EOY, FI, Buff Faye is excited to reign over the 30th year anniversary of the pageantry system and spotlight its dedication to excellence in creativity and entertainment. She plans on using her national platform to strengthen relationships and build new bridges for EOY nationally, regionally and statewide with contestants, promoters and supporters. Her motto as a plus size, full figure drag queen is “BIGGER IS ALWAYS BETTER.” She plans to go big this year in everything she does. Buff Faye also plans to continue traveling and raise money for charities for LGBTQ youth such as
Known as a “charity queen,” Buff Faye has raised money for many national and local charities including the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Safe Alliance, R.A.I.N. and Campus Pride. She writes a monthly column “Dishing with Buff Faye” for Q-Notes Carolinas newspaper and is the only drag queen to be featured on both front page/covers of Creative Loafing and The Charlotte Observer. In 2012, Buff was chosen as Creative Loafing's "Best of the Best" Drag Entertainer and Q-Notes Best of Charlotte Drag Queen.
Since Buff started doing drag in 2008, she has accomplished many things including being crowned 2018 Miss Gay SouthEast America, 2017 North Carolina Entertainer of the Year, FI as well as a former Miss Charlotte Pride and Miss Hideaway At Large.
Out of drag, Buff Faye is better known as Shane Windmeyer, the founder/executive director of Campus Pride, the leading national non-profit organization benefiting LGBTQ youth nation-wide on college campuses. He is also a nationally recognized speaker, educator and best-selling author of six books including The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students, Out on Fraternity Row, Brotherhood and Secret Sisters. Windmeyer has been featured on IN THE LIFE TV and his work has been the focus of national attention from CNN, Good Morning America, MSNBC’s The Situation with Tucker Carlson, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, OUT Magazine, The Advocate National Gay & Lesbian News Magazine and TIME Magazine. Windmeyer has a masters degree in higher education and student affairs from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Emporia State University.
-Buff Faye Entertainer of the Year F.I. 2019
Detroit native Prince Cole began performing at the age of 10. At the age of 13, he began his formal training in ballet, modern and jazz at Arts Academy in the Woods (AAW) in Fraser, MI. After graduating from AAW in 2009 - Prince Cole furthered his training and journey of true artistry at Marygrove College. In 2014 Prince Co-founded and took lead as Artistic Director of Staccato Dance Works in Oak Park, MI. Since his debut in the pageant scene in 2011, Prince has captured a plethora of titles. Some of these include: Mr. Innuendo 2011-13, Mr. Woodward 2013-14, Mr. Michigan Entertainer Of The Year, Mr. Cleveland Ohio-All-star, Mr. Gold Coast, Mr. St Clair County, Mr. Eastern Michigan Entertainer of the Year, Mr. Port Huron, Mr. Motor City Pride, Mr. Canton Gay Pride, Mr. MJ's, Mr. Gay Performer of the Year, Mr. Play Louisville, Mr. Work It, Mr. Akron All Star, Mr. Dazzling Detroit, Mr.Jackson Gay Pride, Mr. Southbend Tavern, Mr. Ohio All Star and most recently Mr. National Entertainer Of The Year. Prince has a passion for teaching children in the performing arts and believes that all things are possible through dedication and perseverance.
-Prince Cole Mr. Entertainer of the Year 2019