Kathy Jacobs is “55 years younger” and feeling herself.
The California-based model-actress has been within the recreation because the early 1990s, when she was a “petite” (i.e., quick) poser for NYC’s iconic Ford company. Practically 30 years later, she says, she’s “nonetheless combating for inclusion within the business.”
And she or he’s doing it in a bikini.
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The silver-haired siren’s profession is unquestionably on the upswing, with appearances in Miley Cyrus’ new “Mom’s Daughter” video and a marketing campaign for the Soji Well being CBD skincare model.
However her largest “get” but is impressing the more and more inclusive people behind the Sports activities Illustrated Swimsuit Version runway present over the weekend on the W South Seashore in Miami.
“As a 5’three” tall, 55-year-old girl who has been instructed she is just too quick to be a mannequin her entire life — and is now being instructed that she too outdated as properly, my coronary heart is crammed with deep gratitude,” Jacobs posted to her @ageisbeauty Instagram account.
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“@si_swimsuit and [editor] @mj_day have damaged the age AND peak barrier by choosing me to maneuver ahead within the #siswimsearch contest!!,” Jacobs mentioned to her 14,000-plus followers. “… So it goes to indicate you you might be by no means to outdated, quick (or no matter your impediment is for the time being) and to by no means surrender! Women don’t ever let anybody (together with your self) put you in a field!”
She was picked as a finalist final week — however didn’t know till Sunday that she made the “candy 17.”
Jacobs rocked the runway — and a formidable set of abs — alongside 2019 SI Swimsuit cowl gal Camille Kostek, 27, and SI Swimsuit Mannequin Search winner Brooks Nader, 22.
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The business veteran admitted to a case of the jitters earlier than getting booked for the present.
“I simply did the simplest a part of the casting, which was posing in a swimsuit,” mentioned Jacobs, giddily reclining on a backstage couch and kicking her heels within the air. “That was the simplest half! I imply, I used to be, like, so nervous and I used to be like, oh my God, we’ve completed all these interviews and all these different issues and this and that, and the posing — I believed that was gonna be scary however that was, like, that’s my consolation zone. So I used to be completely OK after I was posing.”
The SI occasion was touted as showcasing a boundary-breaking “lineup of girls who stand for essential points donning socially aware swimwear appears by designers who encourage and promote sustainability, inclusivity and philanthropy.”
That tracks with Jacobs’ mantra: “Women, let’s present the world how fabulous we’re over 50. Don’t let the world convey you down — put on your age like a crown.”
This text initially appeared within the New York Put up.