Beauty is not limited to the young. Women the ages of 60 to 90, the “Age of Elegance,” are being celebrated for their beauty as well. In this case, age is truly nothing but a number.
About 40 contestants from across the country will compete in the Ms. Senior America Pageant in Atlantic City, N.J., over five days in October. They will represent their home states and participate in evening gown presentations, talent performances and a category in which competitors share their philosophy on life.
"My favorite thing about this pageant is the camaraderie of the ladies and even though we're at this stage in our lives, we still have so much to offer and so much to share," said Martin.
The schedule is packed with rehearsals, costume changes, a dinner dance, alumni events and a talent showcase of past winners. Through it all the contestants manage to maintain a smile and demonstrate grace under pressure — all while wearing high heels.
The panel of judges begins evaluating the participants with the first interview. The Inner Beauty category is next, where the women share their “Philosophy of Life” in front of an audience, followed by the evening gown and talent portions of the competition.