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Old people are great. They’ll tell you about the war, they’ll deliver you an old Werther’s Original from their purse and they’ll listen to you practice the trumpet even though you are terrible and need a lot of practice. But old people are more than just storytellers, candy-givers and listeners. They’re people, and they like to have fun like everyone else.

Photographer Everett Meissner captured this joie de vivre beautifully in his photo series taken at the Ms. Senior American pageant in Massachusetts. Meissner tells us, “With the energy in the air, it was easy to forget that the woman who just rushed down the hallway was in her 80’s.” And the women did not want him to forget they were 80, and could you blame them? Meissner remembers one woman leaning in to say, “doesn’t she look great? You know she’s 80?!”

Not only were they proud of their age, they were proud of their bodies. “I was shooting one of the older women there and when I was just about to start, she said, ‘oh wait’ and opened the slit of her dress to expose some leg,” Meissner tells us. “I felt that was her way of showing she still had it, which I felt was pretty badass.”

So yeah, these women wear bold lips, sequins, jewels and tiaras like it’s a bachelorette party every night of their lives. And the best part is, they don’t give a f!@# what you or anyone thinks. Sisters are doing it for themselves. Take a look at these glamorous women over 60: