It's tempting to say that Ms. Senior Jacksonville "ain't your grandmother's pageant," but actually, it is: as long as your grandmother is at least 60 years young.
Pageant director and founder Kenyonn Demps created the pageant in 2009 to enable senior women an opportunity to take center stage—literally. "The pageants allow these women to reinvent themselves, strut their stuff, feel more confident and show our community that seniors still have a whole lot of living to do," she says.
Contestants compete in four categories including talent (which, for the record, will not involve crocheting afghans or washing anyone's mouth out with a bar of soap): In fact, one contestant will do a Michael Jackson-inspired dance number.
To truly put these ladies' participation in perspective, however, the "least young" competitor, who is 76, was born the same year the Spanish Civil War started and the Hindenberg crashed. FDR was president, a new car cost less than $700 and the average annual income was $1,700.
And before you even ask, no, there's not a swimsuit category.
The pageant takes place June 29 at FSCJ Downtown Campus.Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. To purchase tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out the contestants in the photo gallery above.