INSPIRATIONAL: Beauty Queen, Robyn Canner
INSPIRATIONAL: Beauty Queen, Robyn Canner Jim DeFreece

Age in only a number for 60-year-old crowned Ms World

IF anyone thought beauty pageants were only for the young they should look to Robyn Canner for inspiration. At age 60, she has claimed the title of Australia's oldest beauty queen after being crowned Ms World 2018 in Seattle.

Beating contestants from 22 countries from ages of 26 upwards, Robyn has proven age is but a number.

Contestants were judged on fitness wear, evening gown, an interview and panel question.

"I was up against a lot of younger women and won, so it's one more for the oldies," Robyn said. "There is no stigma attached to age anymore."

Robyn's prizes included a crystal crown and USD$5000.

Robyn's positive ageing mindset is a huge influence on her ability to do what she does. She is proud be the first 60-year-old Ms World, and believes age is a state-of-mind rather than life-defining figure."I want to help other women celebrate and embrace being over 50," she said. "I am hoping to inspire women to stop paying attention to their age number, and be fearless about making changes in their lives, and to celebrate their life experiences and knowledge."

While the glamour of wearing frocks and high heels has brought excitement to Robyn's life, her genuine passion is in helping others, and the Ms World 2018 pageant has provided a platform for Robyn to spread awareness.

Robyn's son, 22, died of non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma seven years ago, and she has been passionate about doing cancer charity work since.

"Somehow I found pageantry and then found myself on World Class Beauty Queen magazine covers in the US and Europe," she said. "It was inspiring and was character-building - it encouraged me to keep going."

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