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Added 15 May, 2013

Pageant culture thrives in Brazil as 65-year-old becomes Miss Geriatric beauty queen

Step aside Gisele Bündchen and Alessandra Ambrosio - there's a new Brazilian beauty queen in town. At the age of 65, glamorous grandmother Irenilda de Oliveira Meneses is giving her younger counterparts a run for their money, after being crowned Brazil's most beautiful elderly woman. Clad in a floor-length green gown, the elegant blonde - nicknamed "Barbie" by her friends - said she was "swept away" by her victory at the pageant in Sao Paulo. Ms. de Oliveira Meneses was one of 25 finalists selected from 200 entrants to compete in the pageant, which was open to women aged 60 and over and timed to coincide with Mother's Day.
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