“Drag saved my life,” claims Mercedes Iman. This East African beauty, who now calls Minneapolis home, says that growing up was extremely difficult because of her bisexuality. Ten years of being a female impersonator, however, have given her a sense of purpose and a reason to inspire others. She’s also racked up a Birkin bag full of titles, including Miss Gay ‘90s, Miss City of the Lakes, Miss Queen of Hearts and Miss South Dakota Gay United States 2015.