Contestant Information


New York Senior America Pageant

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

For information about becoming a contestant in the New York Senior America Pageant, please contact Virginia Werner, State Director NYSA,  Ms. Werner will be happy to provide you with a copy of the application and details regarding the upcoming Pageant. 

After you have auditioned and are accepted as a contestant, you will be required to provide us an  application fee of $200 along with a 4×6 recent color headshot photo and proof of age. (Additional fees to be determined such as ticket purchase requirements.) Please submit the application either printed or typed, as the applications will be submitted to the judges and must be legible.

All Contestants are encouraged to invite their family and friends to purchase tickets to the 2024 Pageant Gala. (Further information to be announced.)

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.  The format for the presentation should be either a CD or an MP3.


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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