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Senior Beauty Queens Define ‘Age Of Elegance’

February 2004
Senior Beauty Queens Define ‘Age Of Elegance’

Glamour, beauty, poise and talent- the ?Age of Elegance' took on a definitive meaning as at least five winners/participants of the Ms Senior America Pageant sang, danced and sashayed their way into the hearts of an appreciative audience at the Life Enrichment Services Center, Decatur on January 30. The beauty queens were part of the pageant's Cameo Club that performed during the All Nation Club's (ANC) monthly meet.

The Ms Senior America Pageant honors women who have reached the age of 60. All the beauty queens that performed at the meet were well above the minimum age of 60, but flaunted their talent and boundless energy with joie-de-vivre.

"The show has provided immigrant families with a very elegant view of mainstream America," said Sandhya Rao, a member. "The ladies are certainly an inspiration to every woman, but more so to immigrants who need stimulation as they adjust to their new lives in a new country."

The almost two-hour long performance was emceed by Ms. Georgia Senior America 2003, Joanne Brehm. Dressed in her tiara and rhinestone studded gown, Brehm was elegance personified as she coordinated the show, besides singing for the audience. There was a full voiced soprano and velvety voiced soloists who sang popular songs from the 40s and 50s. Ms. Georgia Senior America 2001 winner Sibyl Johnson performed an energetic clog dance. Apart from the beauty queens, several other members of the Cameo Club also performed. Cameo Club members provide showcase performances for community and charitable organizations in each state.

Later, Frances West of ANC spoke about New Year's celebrations around the world. The Cameo Club members were introduced to the crowd earlier by Ida Chandra, who also explained the objectives and goals of ANC. She also touched upon the issues facing immigrant women.

ANC, which started off as an informal club for women of all ages and nationalities, has now extended itself to families. The club's Saturday meet is for families, while the Friday meet remains for women and children. The club meets twice every month. Membership is free. Most current members of ANC are Indian.

More information on ANC can be found on the web at www.allnationsclub.com or by contacting Frances West at 404-633-7338 or Ida Chandra at 404-325-4437.

-Veena Rao

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