Brazil’s Senior Citizen Beauty Pageants Explained In 22 Photos And Some “Toddlers & Tiaras” Gifs

Sao Paulo’s annual Elderly Woman Beauty Contest is open only to those aged 60 and over.

1. Glamorous grandmas, all hoping for world peace and a seat that’s comfortable enough to nap in.

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2. They know they look good.

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3. Some last-minute preening backstage.

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4. That’s some Barbara Bush realness.

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5. The contestants parade in chic evening gowns.

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Even though it’s Brazil, there isn’t a swimsuit round.

6. Family members provide support.

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7. And the stakes are high.

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8. But there are lots of different sashes for the contestants to win — all promoting empowerment among the elderly.

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9. This might be the line for the bathroom. Who knows.

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11. #18 is a serious contender.

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12. But 65 year-old Irenilda de Oliveira Meneses took home the “Most Beautiful” crown.

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14. And some bonus photos from last year’s pageant:

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16. Scoping out the competition.

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17. Hogging the mirrors. Sneaky.

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(Not to mention someone’s hogging the go-go juice.)

18. There may or may not be any friction between rivals backstage.

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19. But everyone puts on a winning smile anyway when they hit the stage.

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20. Everybody dance now!

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21. It’s not just for the ladies either. Here’s the winner of “Mr. Timidity” back at a contest for Sao Paulo’s elderly men held in 2011:

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22. And these are some fabulous senior showgirls who also performed at that pageant.

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