71-Year-Old Woman Makes History at Miss Texas USA Pageant

Meet Marissa Teijo, a 71-year-old woman from El Paso, Texas, who became the oldest contestant in Miss Texas USA ever.

Marissa, representing Paso del Norte, set the record for the oldest contestant in pageant history. She was one of 75 competitors competing for the crown. Though Aarieanna Ware of Dallas won the competition held in Houston from June 21 to 23, Teijo’s participation created an impression.

“I hope that people will look at us as older women as still being beautiful in our own way,” Teijo said, according to ABC News. “Young women have dreams but older people have dreams also.”

Teijo grew raised on a farm and had a great enthusiasm for exercise from an early age, competing in various fitness events throughout her childhood.

Teijo was initially hesitant to attend the Miss Texas USA pageant, but changed her mind after speaking with Bazaar Model Management CEO Jackie Garcia.

The Miss Universe Organization abolished age limitations from all connected pageants, allowing Teijo to compete. This decision provided opportunities for adult women of all ages to compete.

Teijo’s involvement is an important milestone in the pageant’s history.

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