Sports Illustrated’s bikini model, Kathy Jacobs, aged 57, says that ‘old is the new hot’.
The married mum-of-one, who featured in SI’s 2021 Swimsuit edition, revealed that it’s the ‘best feeling’ to be the oldest woman featured in the issue’s 57-year history.
In a chat with the New York Post, she said: “I’m closer to 60 than I am to 50 at this point.
“So to be in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit magazine representing ladies my age is just the best feeling in the world.”
Recalling her moment on the runway, she said: “When I first went out [on the runway] the main thing on my mind was to show gratitude.
“I was talking to the ladies [in the audience] saying, ‘I represent you’ as I walked.”
Although it would have been understandable for Jacobs to have felt intimidated being surrounded by women in their early twenties, she said she decided to take ‘full advantage of the moment’.
“I was like ‘screw it’,” the 57-year-old said. “I’m going to be my biggest, baddest and boldest self.”
She continued: “I’m taking full advantage of this moment.
“Because It’s taken me so long to get here.”
The California resident was discovered through the publication’s annual Swim Search, amongst 13 other beginner models.
To be chosen, Jacob, who is originally from Texas, had to submit a 60-second video to Instagram, explaining why she should make the cut.
In the submission video, she said: “Old is gold. And short is sexy.
“Heck, I’m so out, I’m in.”
Previously, Jacobs had managed to get on the cover of Woman’s World Magazine back in the eighties but before SI she’d never truly made it big.
“I tried and tried and tried,” she explained. “But I didn’t not get included. I was not invited to the party. And I had to take a lot of minimum wage jobs.”
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