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Kasha on life and confidence over 50: Entering a Beauty Pageant at 53

Article by Kasha Grimes

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Kasha Grimes shares her tips to look fab over 50 and her philosophy on life over 50. Kasha shares how she has always worked hard to achieve her goals in life – and the confidence she has gained in entering her first Beauty Pageant at the age of 53!

I firmly believe that if you look good you feel good so I take real great care of my appearance.

I have a daily beauty regime which I follow religiously.

I exfoliate, moisturize and never go out without a SPF factor. My nails are manicured and my hair is always washed, conditioned and shiny. I love wearing make up but equally I have the confidence to step outside my front door “all natural”.

I do not smoke, drink or sunbathe as these are the key ageing factors. I walk every day and go the gym 3 times a week.

I love fashion and dress to suit my body shape; I can create many different looks to suit given occasion.

A detailed study of 2,000 women revealed that women claimed their confidence plummeted after hitting 50.

I am determined not to be one of these women and taking part in pageants is a sure way of keeping me motivated!!!

Inspiring others

I believe that through my life I have inspired others.

At the age of 18, I came to the UK on my own to visit my pen- friend and learn English and quickly identified the amazing opportunities this country could offer and decided to stay.

My parents did not approve of my decision and as a result they disowned and did not speak to me for over 2 years.

Those 2 years were the hardest years of my life, for parts of it I was homeless living in poverty, with no friends of family to support me, but what I had were my goals and my dreams.


Through sheer hard work and determination I built my life in the UK, put myself through college, established a career, made friends, met Mr. Right, jointly with my husband created a loving family unit in which two of our daughters have thrived and excelled in, grown a business from £0 to a turnover of £800.000 in just under 5 years and recently I have  been nominated for Gloucestershire Woman of the Year award in recognition of my personal, business, fundraising and working within community achievements.


People that I met on my journey thus far have been inspired by my humble beginnings and the way I turned my life around.

My daughters have the greatest of respect for me and always refer to me as their role model.


My recent participation in my first pageant at the age of 53 has been a challenging and rewarding experience which has inspired other married ladies to shake off their cobwebs and be counted. My pageant story has been published by a national paper and I truly hope that it will inspire others to follow in my footsteps as pageantry has truly changed my life for the better. I came first runner up competing with other married ladies – some as young as 19!

I am currently preparing for another pageant due to take place at the end of May 2015 – its for ladies over 50 years young!

Ceri Wheeldon

Ceri is Founder and Editor of Fabafterfifty.co.uk She is a frequent speaker at events and in the media on topics related to women over 50 , including style and living agelessly. With 20+ years experience as a headhunter Ceri also now helps support those looking to extend their working lives.

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