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Magnus Wennman November 26, 2010

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in United States.

Senior Sweetheart Beauty Pageant, USA 2006

Magnus Wennman (b.1980, Sweden) has been working as a photojournalist since the age of 17 when he started his career with a local newspaper, DalaDemokraten, in Sweden. Since 2001 he has worked as a staff photographer with Scandinavia’s biggest daily paper, Aftonbladet. He has prestigious awards both in Sweden and internationally including two from World Press Photo and nine from Picture of the Year International.

About the Photograph:

“Doris Ulrich, Ruth Gibson and Francesca Piscottano ready themselves in the dressing rooms. Once a year a group of elderly women meet in Fall River, a small village south of Boston, to answer the fairy tale yet still modern age old question: Who is the prettiest in the land? There are many beauty pageants, but just one Ms. Senior Sweetheart competition: this pageant is the only one in the world for women aged 58 and over. Since 1978 the pageant has invited women from all over America to spend eleven days in Fall River, starting with dress rehearsals, practicing their group performance and excursions around New England. The contest peaks with the “Ladies Ball” and the crowning of the new queen.”

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