The fragile gift of beauty, it is said, is either in the heart of the beholder, or is no more than skin deep. Either way, beauty is alive and well at an advanced age in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and it is attending the annual Mr. Elderly beauty contest.
Host and organizer Nilton Guedes is among the event’s biggest fans: “The great advantage of this beauty pageant is that we increase the self-esteem of these elders and help them grow old in a healthier way,” says Guedes. “They have fun, they fool around, and they leave this pageant happy having won or not.”
The annual pageant is put on by a local seniors clinic for beauties above the age of 60. The talent portion of the show, contrary to what a quick glance at the photo above might hint, does not include a dance routine with the old fellows in drag. The male contestants, you see, are preceded on the stage by a performance from their most ardent admirers: elderly boa-wrapped women who are living proof that beauty—contrary to the pronouncement of Sir Thomas Overbury—originates in a place much deeper than the skin.