Contestant Information

2018 Pageant

  • Charm
  • Dignity
  • Inner Beauty
  • Appearance
  • Attitude
  • Accomplishments
  • Enthusiasm
  • Talent
  • Grace
  • Energy

For information about becoming a contestant in our pageant, please contact MARLEEN SCHUSS, State Administrator, , or call 516-678-3242. 

Please print contestant application from website, fill out form, and return by mail to Marleen Schuss, 318 E. Shore Drive, Massapequa, NY 11758 with a 4×6 recent color headshot photo, proof of age and a non-refundable payment of $450 in advance. This payment includes: an application fee in the amount of $200 plus the purchase of 10 tickets to Pageant @$25 each. We encourage every contestant to sell these tickets to friends, business associates and family. (The $200 application fee will be refunded if prospective contestant is not chosen to participate in pageant.)

Make checks payable to:   New York Senior America, and mail to Marleen Schuss, 318 E. Shore Drive, Massapequa, NY 11758.

The judges at the annual Ms. New York Senior America Pageant select the gracious lady who best exemplifies the qualities of the modern dynamic senior woman and is willing to dedicate her time and energy to the organization.

The contestants, women 60 years of age or older, are judged in 4 categories:


Before the pageant begins, the judges meet privately with each contestant for 5 minutes to gain insight to her personality, poise and ability to communicate. The purpose of the interview is to determine how well the contestant would represent Ms. New York Senior America with the public and the media.


The judges evaluate the poise, grace and appearance of each contestant. This is not a beauty or bathing suit contest; elegance is the key factor in this event.


Each contestant presents a brief statement of the philosophy that she uses in her approach to life. The Philosophy of Life Statement is limited to a maximum of 35 seconds.


Each contestant is provided the opportunity to display her talent for the judges and the audience. The talent may be in music, the arts or any other activity appropriate for an elegant, senior woman. The Talent presentation is limited to a maximum of two minutes and 45 seconds.


Contestants who participate in the pageant find that it is a very special experience that enriches their lives. Our pageant is unique in that it opens the door to a “family” of warm, wonderful women who welcome the contestants into the Cameo Club where they form new, lasting friendships.



We salute and honor Senior Women! Women who have reached the age of 60, with their knowledge and life experience, are the foundation of our society.


Marleen Schuss,
State Administrator at 516 678 3242


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