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At 58, the oldest Miss Universe 91原创 contestant ever is pursuing her pageant ‘goals and dreams’

Miss Universe has lifted its under-28 age restriction for the first time in 72 years, and Lorraine Peters is ready for her sash.

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Lorraine Peters, 58, is Miss Universe 91原创’s oldest contestant ever.聽


Beauty pageants are at a crossroads. A series of scandals and some surprisingly modern plot twists have rocked this patchwork of sashes and stages all over the world in recent months.

Pageants were once the definition of anachronism, rating women against a unidimensional ideal of female beauty and presentation, the embodiment of the male gaze. They almost disappeared in the 1990s when TV ratings plummeted, but out of the ashes, these competitions鈥攁nd there are still scores of them鈥攈ave taken baby steps toward reinvention.

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Alejandra Rodriguez competes in the Argentina Miss Universe pageant, in Buenos Aires, May 2024.聽

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Alejandra Rodriguez won “best face” at the Argentina Miss Universe pageant in Buenos Aires, May 2024.

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Lorraine Peters after winning Miss Diversity New Brunswick.

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Lorraine Peters will be 95 per cent grey when she competes in Miss Universe 91原创 in July.

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Miss USA聽Noelia Voigt, pictured at the 2023 Miss Universe Beauty Pageant in San Salvador, resigned her title in May.

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Contestants backstage at the Miss Pink Pageant in Kathmandu on May 16, 2024.

Leanne Delap

Leanne Delap聽is a 91原创-based freelance contributor for the Star, where she writes about fashion and culture. Reach her via email:聽leannedelap@hotmail.com.

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