A retired beauty queen who, although her pageant days were long behind her, has revealed how she’s re-embracing glitz and glamor at 53, having found a newfound confidence after menopause.
Laura White, who lives in Leominster, Hereford, started loving her body when she reached the half-century mark after years of self-awareness.
The mother of two says many women feel “invisible” when they turn 40, including herself.
But she was determined to overcome and adapt to life after menopause – she now insists that life is better because she has completed a teacher training course, is rappelling and is currently competing in a beauty pageant.
Laura White, 53, who lives in Leominster, Hereford, feels ‘sexier’ after menopause and enters Mrs Britain’s beauty pageant
Mother of two said many women – including herself – feel ‘invisible’ when they turn 40, but she wants to inspire others
Laura, pictured with her son Rhys and daughter Erin and her husband upon graduation, completed teacher training at 45
After working as a primary school teacher until she was 50, Laura organized her pageant with a friend – Pageant Queen UK. She is currently a finalist in Miss Great Britain
She said: ‘The menopause has many negative connotations.
‘Just because our menstrual cycles stop doesn’t mean life should.
“When my kids Rhys, 24, and Erin, 20, left home to go to college, I felt like I didn’t know what my purpose was.
‘But now I have acquired a new zest for life.
The former teacher was a finalist in Miss Great Britain 1989, but her dazzling dreams were put on hold after she married and started a family
According to Laura, although she was “prettier and firmer” when she was younger, she was much more self-confident.
The 53-year-old said she never thought she’d step back on the podium of a pageant, but she’s currently a Miss Great Britain finalist, competing against women nearly 1o years younger.
Laura says the saying ‘with age comes wisdom’ is certainly true – and she’s more confident and less self-conscious now that she’s older
‘I completed a teacher training course at the age of 45 and worked as a primary school teacher until I was 50.
‘I then set up my own pageant with a friend called Pageant Queen UK and I am currently a finalist in Miss Great Britain.’
This isn’t the first time Laura has taken the stage in a sexy swimsuit.
She was a finalist in Miss Great Britain 1989, but then her dream of taking the crown home was put on hold as she married and started a family.
She says that despite competing against women over 45, she doesn’t let age hold her back because she feels sexier than ever before
Laura wanted to give pageants another chance, to show women her age that ‘anything is possible’
By sharing her story, she wants to encourage other women to ‘step outside their comfort zone and do something they love’
53-year-old wants to ‘show other women that menopause doesn’t have to be a negative milestone’
Laura is confident that this time will be different as she feels “sexier” after menopause.
She adds, “I’m also much more confident and confident in myself than when I was in my twenties.
What is Menopause?
Menopause occurs when a woman stops menstruating and cannot conceive naturally.
It is a natural part of aging, occurring in women between the ages of 45 and 55.
However, 1 in 100 women may experience menopause before the age of 40, which is known as premature menopause or premature ovarian failure.
Symptoms often include hot flashes, night sweats, low mood, decreased sex drive, vaginal dryness, increased facial hair and trouble sleeping.
According to the advice of the NHS, symptoms can start months or even years before your period stops and last for about four years after your last period.
Premature or early menopause can occur at any age and in many cases there is no obvious cause.
“Even though you’re prettier and firmer when you’re younger, you’re much more self-confident.
The saying ‘with age comes wisdom’ is certainly true.
‘I play against women from 45 years old.
“But I don’t let their age hold me back because I feel sexier than ever before.”
Laura has shared images of Miss Great Britain 1989.
It is clear to see that she has aged well as her size 8 physique has remained the same.
She said: ‘Once I got married, I couldn’t participate because the rules were much stricter.
“I never thought I would step back on the podium, but here I am.
“I wanted to give it another try and show women my age that anything is possible.
“It’s hard not to lose your identity when you’re forty or fifty.
“A lot of women feel invisible when they turn 40.
“I hope to encourage them to step out of their comfort zone and do something they love.
‘I have a young head on my shoulders which has given me a modern outlook on life.
“I hope my story shows other women that menopause doesn’t have to be a negative milestone.”