All photos by Amanda Crommett. The crowd is small but lively — just a loudmouthed gambling enthusiast and her albino friend, a biracial gay couple, a young math teacher, and me. They can't believe I've never been and are extremely forthcoming with tips on how to get the most out of the casino experience. When I tell her I'm actually going down for a sixty-and-up beauty pageant she looks deeply skeptical. Atlantic City is and always has been an escape: a dark spot out of the way of real life where pleasure, liquor, and fantasy abound.
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Register or Join for Full Access! Why not the United States? Time and time again we celebrate our human body in distinguishing ways: from artistic photographs to body-appreciation events. Beauty pageants take place to award the most dedicated, natural members of the nudist society covering most age brackets.