A Model Hits the Catwalk at 57 and Encourages Women to Follow Their Dreams No Matter How Old They Are
Some of us may wonder why women over 50 feel unsatisfied and unhappy about themselves. Well, it’s because it was proven that they feel like their younger self is trapped in an older body. Today, these feelings may start to change thanks to some beautiful women who’ve decided to spread positivity and self-acceptance when it comes to aging, like Kathy Jacobs.
We at Bright Side believe in the saying “age is just a number.” That’s why we made a selection of some inspiring pictures that breathe beauty, confidence, and self-love.
Kathy Jacobs is an actress, entrepreneur, and model living in California, who broke down age-based and height-based prejudices. She’s 57 years old and 5’3 tall, proving that bodies are ageless when souls are happy. While she managed to create a place for herself in the industry, she keeps encouraging women of diverse shapes, sizes, and ages to go after what they want.
Although Kathy got into the industry in 1991 as a Ford model, her career didn’t fire up until last year when she became the oldest rookie for the famous Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. She got into the competition and was able to be among the 6 finalists out of 13 beautiful participants — her attitude and positivity made her stand out and create history.
Just when we thought that she couldn’t inspire us more, she explained last year: “I just want to show the world what 56 means. You know, it’s not like I’m ready to roll over and play dead because I’ve still got a lot more inside of me to do.”
Kathy proved that she’s making an impact on younger girls too when she said, "I feel like being in this magazine not only helps other women my age but younger girls too. Everyone’s so terrified about getting older. I’ve had so many younger girls message me and say, “Thank you so much for doing this because I’m not terrified of getting older anymore. I know my life is not going to end once I reach 30, 40, 50, or 60.”
Our beauty advocate takes care of herself, she likes to take hikes near her home, and she’s fond of fitness. She shared a picture of her working out saying: “Just start where you are at right now! That’s what I remind myself of when I feel like I haven’t hit my fitness goals! I’m going to reward myself today for trying! Hope it helps you too!!” These habits help her achieve a healthy mind, body, and spirit.
“This is my FIRST red carpet at 57 years old! I was so grateful for this moment I was holding back tears as I walked out,” Kathy explained. It’s hard to believe that she never walked on the red carpet before, but the fact that she fought for it and finally achieved her goal at 57 years old makes her even more unique.
We love to see her with her husband Rob Jacobs with whom she celebrated 23 years of marriage and her lovely daughter Abigail Rose. Her positive attitude and self-acceptance are inspiring other beautiful women out there to be the best version of themselves.
Without a doubt, age is nothing but a number! At what age did you reach your fullest potential?