“Beauty pageants may conjure up images of young women in bikinis, but in Atlantic City a roomful of sequined grandmothers and great-grandmothers are putting their best stiletto forward.
From an ex-CIA employee to Whitney Houston`s childhood choir director to a marathon runner, Ms Senior America celebrates women aged 60 and above who defy stereotypes of what it means to be ladies of a certain age who in past years may have sunk into a rocking chair.
“This is our age of elegance. It`s the beginning. Not our end,” beamed 73-year-old Carolyn Slade Harden, a former recording artist crowned Ms Senior America 2017, resplendent in cream silk.
Senior America Inc. was founded in 1971 `to promote the positive aspects of aging` and has championed women in their `age of elegance` ever since.”
Beauty pageants are an anachronism of an age when women were judged strictly on their outward beauty, and they have no place in modern society.
All beauty pageants are an abomination, but the Ms. Senior America pageant is perhaps the most repugnant iteration of a beauty contest.
Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but even an old lady with cataracts can see that there`s no physical beauty in old ladies sashaying around in evening gowns.
An elderly lady`s beauty is in the twinkle in her eyes that speaks of wisdom and experience that she can share with younger generations, certainly not in her wrinkled face or sagging breasts.
A young woman may swallow her pride and enter a beauty pageant in hopes of winning a scholarship and eliciting publicity to jumpstart her career as a model or an actress.
Pray tell what`s the prize for the winner of the Ms. Senior America contest, paid funeral package or a lifetime supply of adult diapers?
Ms. Senior America pageant? Oh hell no! But I do give the producers of this abomination credit for doing away with the bikini segment.
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