Australia’s two oldest beauty queens have proven age is but a number yet again by taking out the two highest honours at the Australian Beauty Pageant Awards in Sydney on Saturday 1 December.

The inaugural Australian Beauty Pageant Awards was held in the Grand Ballroom at the Hilton Sydney, and attended by hundreds. Robbie Canner from Sydney was named Beauty Queen of the Year (Ms/Mrs), and sister-of-the-sash, Suzi Dent of the Gold Coast was awarded Mrs Role Model of the Year.

This is not the first time these women have achieved success in the world of beauty pageants. Both beauty queens have defied social norms by winning international beauty pageant titles at the seasoned ages of 60 and 55 respectively. Robbie Canner was crowned Ms World 2018 in Seattle in June this year and also claimed the title of Australia’s oldest beauty queen from her friend, Mrs Earth Australia 2017 and Mrs Earth Health 2017, Suzi Dent. In winning the Ms World competition, Ms Canner beat out beauties from 22 countries, aged 26-plus. “I was up against a lot of younger women and won – so it’s one more for the oldies,” said Robbie. “There is no stigma attached to age anymore. And no bitchiness – everyone helped each other out.”

Robbie’s positive ageing mindset is a huge influence on her ability to do what she does. Robbie is incredibly proud to be the first 60-year-young Ms World, and believes age is a state of mind rather than a life-defining figure. Robbie, a sports therapist who has operated her home business for the past 33 years, believes that women and men age themselves out of life by developing negative connotations toward ageing. Robbie says she has never felt more alive and wants to encourage others to embrace the inevitable! Robbie’s friend Suzi Dent says she feels exactly the same way.

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