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71-Year-Old Woman Becomes Oldest Contestant In Miss Texas USA History

The pearl and diamond Miss Universe 2005 crown, valued at $250,000, is displayed by Japanese pearl giant Mikimoto during a press conference in Bangkok on May 17, 2005. (SAEED KHAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Avril Elfi from OAN
Tuesday, June 25, 2024 12:52 PM

A 71-year-old woman has made history as the oldest person to compete in the Miss Texas USA pageant.

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Marissa Teijo represented Paso del Norte in a competition in Houston last weekend but was unable to win the Texas USA title.

Last year’s Miss Dallas winner, Aleanna Ware, was crowned Miss Texas USA on Saturday and will move on to compete for the Miss USA title.

The Miss Universe organization recently lifted the age restriction for contestants aged 18 and over, and allows pregnant, married and divorced women to compete.

In an Instagram post, Teijo expressed her excitement to take part in the pageant and her hope that it would inspire women “to believe that beauty exists at any age” and strive to be the best version of themselves, both physically and mentally.

This comes after Miss Universe Noelia Voigt announced her resignation on May 6th.Number.

Voight, 24, announced on Instagram that he was taking time off to focus on his mental health. NBC News A few days later, a copy of Voight’s resignation letter was made available, in which she accused pageant CEO Layla Rose of creating a toxic work environment and failing to respond to sexual harassment allegations.

Rose released a statement saying she takes the allegations seriously and that “the well-being of all involved with Miss USA is my top priority.”

Miss USA’s social media manager, Claudia Michelle, and 17-year-old Umasofia Srivastava also stepped down after Voight relinquished her title.

Savannah Gankiewicz of Hawaii has been named Miss USA 2023 in place of Voight, and will hold the title until a new winner is announced in August. After Srivastava stepped down, the title was offered to Miss Teen USA runner-up Stephanie Skinner, but she declined.

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