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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Gorgeous Grannies Perform in Brooklyn Beauty Pageant

ReutersParticipants receiving flowers in the "Your Highness Grandmother" pageant.
NEW YORK -- Pageantry proved ageless Friday night as a bevy of Brooklyn grandmothers competed in the sixth annual Your Highness Grandmother Beauty contest.

Some 15 grandmothers, nearly all from Brooklyn's close-knit Russian immigrant community of Brighton Beach, sang, danced and vamped across the stage at a local nightspot as they competed for the top honors of Ms. Grandmother and Queen Grandmother 2007.

The women, and one man in drag, paraded in "kitchen garb" such as aprons and kerchiefs, some toting accessories such as a soup tureen, tray of pastries and a basket of fruit to entice the panel of judges, composed entirely of grandfathers.

Many of the women, divided into "mature" and "senior" categories, appeared onstage with their grandchildren, including one who engaged her granddaughter in a choreographed sword fight while clad in matching costumes.

The colorful bilingual ceremony included the traditional talent segment, where contestants sang, danced and even performed gymnastic-styled yoga as family members cheered, holding up placards with support and praise.

The evening's big winners were Galina Basova, a 60-ish former electronics teacher who was named Ms. Grandmother, and Queen Grandmother Anna Malkina-Shymayer, a 70-ish vivacious redhead who clearly charmed the audience and the judges.

Maria Davydova, a doctor originally from Ukraine, took home the People's Choice prize. She learned of the event through her granddaughter, an office store clerk who sold the event's organizer most of the supplies for the big night.