August 1, 2015


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Miss Elvis Lee

Elvis shoes and suits, and a regular change of clothes are neatly packed while Marnie Lee Gudz gets herself ready to become Miss Elvis Lee in the ladies' room of the Gimli Rec Centre.
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Gudz gets ready in the ladies' room in the Gimli Rec Centre for her tribute performance.
(HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Gudz fixes her hair before her tribute performance as Miss Elvis Lee.
(HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Gudz pays attention to detail with a variety of Elvis jewelry.
(HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Gudz finishes the transformation.
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With her jacket now on, Miss Elvis Lee tests her swing in the ladies' room of the Gimli Rec Centre, with her sister, Marla (left) and mother, Terry (centre), before her tribute performance during the Manitoba Elvis Fest.
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Fully transformed, Miss Elvis Lee walks out of the ladies' room.
(HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
The only female Elvis impersonator at the Manitoba Elvis Fest, Marnie Lee Gudz, here known as Miss Elvis Lee, is about to capture her Elvis-loving audience in her tribute performance.
(HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Marnie Lee Gudz performs as Miss Elvis Lee.
(HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Miss Elvis Lee.
(HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
"The first year I must say it was very difficult as a female. I think I heard a comment at one point that a female Elvis is like having a white Ray Charles," Gudz says of her challenges of being the only female Elvis impersonator at the festival. (HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) -
Elvis shoes and suits, and a regular change of clothes are neatly packed while Marnie Lee Gudz gets herself ready to become Miss Elvis Lee in the ladies' room of the Gimli Rec Centre. (HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) -
Gudz gets ready in the ladies' room in the Gimli Rec Centre for her tribute performance. (HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) -
Gudz fixes her hair before her tribute performance as Miss Elvis Lee. (HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) -
"I can't just grow my sideburns and have them there all the time," said Gudz after spending at least an hour in the girls' washroom smoothing her hair back to a strickingly accurate Elvis-style do. (HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) -
Gudz pays attention to detail with a variety of Elvis jewelry. (HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) -
Gudz finishes the transformation. (HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) -
With her jacket now on, Miss Elvis Lee tests her swing in the ladies' room of the Gimli Rec Centre, with her sister, Marla (left) and mother, Terry (centre), before her tribute performance during the Manitoba Elvis Fest. (HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) -
Fully transformed, Miss Elvis Lee walks out of the ladies' room. (HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) -
The only female Elvis impersonator at the Manitoba Elvis Fest, Marnie Lee Gudz, here known as Miss Elvis Lee, is about to capture her Elvis-loving audience in her tribute performance. (HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) -
Marnie Lee Gudz performs as Miss Elvis Lee. (HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) -
Miss Elvis Lee. (HADAS PARUSH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) -

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