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Astonishingly Ageless The ladies who participate in the Ms. Senior USA pageant prove that “age ain’t nothing but a number” S eventy-two happy, excited, and sophisticated Senior Queens, representing the Founding Board of Gover- nors, the 50 States, Washing- ton D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, descended on the Tropi- cana Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada for a week of activities leading up to the Ms. Senior USA Finals. It has been only two years since the original Advisory 74 PAGEANTRY Board gathered Carol Thomas, Kath- leen “Kat” Ray, Connie Ross-Karl, Elizabeth Purtee, Mary McIntosh, Caren Mislinksi, and Virginia Werner into the Founding Board of Gover- nors. During those two years, the pag- eant has grown to cover all states and territories in the United States. The pageant family also includes more than thirty foreign countries, such as Russia, China, Scotland, Ireland, England, Germany, Asia Pacific Islands, Philip- pines, Vietnam, France, Caribbean, Ja- maica, Canada, Atlantic, Puerto Rico, Italy, and Brazil. Kat Ray, of Califor- nia, residing in Las Vegas, was desig- nated as the Founding Ms. Senior USA 2015 and brand leader. In 2016, Carol Thomas of Michigan won the title and succeeded Ms. Ray as Ms. Senior USA. In such a short time, the pageant