Grandma Beauty Queen

Grandma Beauty Queen

The making of a 92-year-old Miss Senior Arkansas is documented by the contestant's two filmmaker grandsons. (NYT)

Filmmakers Brent and Craig Renaud first heard about senior beauty pageants when their grandmother, Virginia Miller, 92, was nominated by her nursing home and beat out 30 other contestants to earn a spot in the state final.

A new Miss Senior Arkansas is crowned each year in this pageant like many others around the country. Nine finalists from around the state compete for the crown. At 92, Virginia Miller was the oldest contestant in the 2009 Pageant.

Following surgery just one year earlier, Miller was gravely ill and not expected to live more than a couple more weeks. But this plucky former social worker surprised everyone and proved her doctors wrong.

This New York Times video, narrated by her grandson, follows Miller during the pageant finals. With no swimsuit contest in the competition, her best chance of impressing the judges came down to the question-and-answer section. She and fellow contestants charm the crowd with their humor-filled quips and words of wisdom. Miller’s advice on life? To simply remember to laugh and love.

CHANNEL: New York Times

Length: 6:29

By Brent Renaud and Craig Renaud

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