Saturday, March 19th was the 2016 Ms Senior Florida Pageant and although it was held in Vero Beach at the Performing Arts Center, the contestants came from Jacksonville to Miami! Donna Dean was crowned 2016 Ms Senior Florida, with four beautiful runner-ups and a handful of very talented women who received trophies for their work!
Being over 60 can be very challenging at times! This pageant is a pageant especially for women over 60….women of elegance, of talent and of guts! As the 2014 Ms Senior Florida Queen, I enjoy assisting in this pageant each year, because I get to rub shoulders with some absolutely amazing women! A beauty contest for women over 60 you say???? Absolutely! But, this is more than that. For you see…beauty may only be skin deep, and when it is, it is pretty obvious. This pageant looks much deeper! We seek women who are willing to put themselves out there, not to WOW, not to necessarily impress, but to INSPIRE other women that they too can do this! It is about taking care of yourself, not being afraid to tell your story, showing the world that you can dance, you can sing, you can draw you can create…..the list goes on and on!
As I worked back stage to assist the ladies, I heard stories of tragedy, challenges, fears, excitement, drive, devotion and amazing strength! Ages range up in the 80’s! I am continually motivated by their many abilities and amazing attitudes. I am most impressed with the ladies that don’t have to brag about all their accomplishments….all they have to do is tell their story, and then they live it….every day! It is so refreshing to be a part of this program and I am continually honored to hold the crown for 2014 and I look forward to meeting new contestants as we grow in numbers and reach new ladies.
If you are interested in being a part of this, please contact me. Your obligations would be to rehearse in Vero Beach 4-5 Wednesdays prior to the March event, to be able to purchase several outfits, memorize and speak your philosophy of life (45 seconds) and show your talent. Once the Queen is crowned, then she has the opportunity to compete for the Ms Senior America! Many of us when we were first approached said, NO WAY! But, that is a normal reaction. Keep an open mind and truly consider being a part of it! You will meet new friends, rebuild your self esteem, be reminded that you have plenty to offer others, and enjoy watching others as you work together to give others a wonderful and exciting show!
DON’T BE TIMID….be inspired! Tell others about this pageant and let’s get the biggest show we’ve ever had for 2017! IF you would like me to come talk to your group, I am happy to as this is my passion …. to help other women reach their full potential! Many have found second careers, new opportunities and a new found confidence! You may reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you and I hope to hear from you soon!