Kat Shaw

Washington resident Kat Shaw was named first runner-up in the Ms. Missouri Senior Pageant held Saturday, July 13, at the Florissant Civic Center.

This was Shaw’s first pageant experience, and she described it as “wonderful.”

“I’m very happy,” she told The Missourian.

Shaw said she plans to compete again next year.

The woman who was crowned queen this year had competed in previous Ms. Missouri Senior Pageant contests, as had the woman who was named second runner-up.

The contest allows for women to compete for three years, unless they are named queen.

A profile story on Shaw, “Conquering 60,” appeared in the January issue of Senior LifeTimes, The Missourian’s monthly senior publication. To read her story, click here.

The pageant, held annually in the St. Louis area, exemplifies the elegance of senior women over the age of 60. The ladies compete in four categories: personal interview with judges before the pageant starts; poise in evening gown; recitation of a 35-second philosophy of life; and talent.

The Senior America Pageant is the world’s first and foremost pageant to emphasize and give honor to women who have reached the “Age of Elegance.”