Wednesday, December 23, 2020

60-Year-Old Grandma Beats Younger Contestants To Win Beauty Pageant Title

 A grandmother from Kentucky, USA is proof that age is just a number after winning her first pageant at the age of 60.

TheGuardian

Karen Russell, who is now 61, has so far taken home five first-place crowns after waltzing down the pageant runway alongside much younger women.

It all started when, last year, Karen was approached by a man in a hardware shop who asked her to participate in a Kentucky war veteran pageant. After a few days thinking about it, Karen agreed, saying the cause ‘melted her heart.’

The retiree says she’s never got stage fright but finding an ‘age-appropriate’ dress is the hardest part. She said: “I lost all my evening gowns in a house fire in 2013. Everything was burnt to a crisp so I had to buy brand new ones – which is part of the fun yet the most difficult part.

“One time, I tried on multiple dresses but couldn’t even get the zip up. It turns out I was trying on prom dresses! I eventually found a stunning red mermaid dress and it made me feel like a princess. It was the first time I had got dressed up since losing my only son Jonathan, aged 32, in November 2011.”

After donating Jonathan’s organs to save other people’s lives, Karen made it her mission to spread love and positivity. She realised pageants are the perfect place to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation.

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