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An exclusive bikini contest in China, open only to those age 55 and above. The organizers call it the Grandbikini event. It kicked off Saturday with more than 400 people showing off their figure at a local water park in the northern city of Tianjin. Including a handful of men eager to pose.
Reuter's photographer Damir Sagolj was at the catwalk.>> In theory, it's a beauty contest, but as organizers said, the main idea of the event is for senior citizens to get together to have some good time, to lift their spirit and self-confidence. Originally, 600 people were supposed to take part in the event, but the organizer said that only 400 came.
And others cancelled last minute because they had some family issues. Some of them according to the organizers had concerns about their partners parading in bikinis in the public.>> The contest is in its third year running, organized by a senior citizen's committee to promote health and wellness. A panel of judges rates participants on criteria like stage presence, smiles, and gestures.
Many of them already regulars to the contest.>> Everybody came wearing really, really big smiles, and their best dresses,Ttey came with full makeup, and wearing the most wonderful clothes. The oldest participant is 78 year old Ma Jing, who is multiple cancer survivor, and the owner of, must be, the most charming smile in the Northern China.
>> By the time the event wound down, the jury handed out more than 100 awards. But for many, it was more about confidence, encouraging a positive attitude towards growing older, and perhaps trying to prove that age is just a number.