You are such an inspiration to those of us over 50. Have you been modeling most of your life, or is it something that came to you later in life? If so, please tell us about it.
I have been modeling since I was 18, so 35yrs this year! I was encouraged by relatives to give the industry a try. I was very scared to ask my parents. They are both very well educated and really wanted me to pursue an engineering degree. My father was a nuclear engineer and my mother a teacher. This was so far from what they wanted me to do. I did one year at the university and modeled part-time. My career just took off and to the dismay of my parents, I left school. I forgot to mention that I was already 5’10” in 8th grade. I had to take advantage of this height. Luckily it all worked out.
What do you enjoy about modeling?
Tricks of the trade, what works for me is trying to lose your inhibitions. Try not to worry about what other people think. It’s very hard to do. I don’t take myself too seriously. So if I mess up or look silly it’s all OK. I’m just here to have some fun till the very end.
How do you spend your free time outside of modeling?
So lucky I have a great husband who helped me raise 3 amazing boys. I really could not have had my career without his love and support. So what I enjoy most? I enjoy being with my family in my free time. It gets so difficult with trying to get us all together for family vacations now that my 2 oldest are adults and doing their own things. But when we get together whether it’s for holidays or crazy fun adventurous vacations, we have the best of times. I have 3 boys, 2 adults, and a younger surprise for me later on in life. We still have family meals together. It’s something my family did when I was young and I continue with my boys when we are all together or when it’s just us 3 at home. Does it make a difference, I don’t know, but it is what is expected at my home and loved by all.
Who Inspires You and Why?
Working women inspire me. I am in awe of how they do it. Lately, I have worked with some powerhouse women who run their companies and I am amazed and in awe of what they have accomplished. A lot of hard work raising children and working. It’s hard growing old in this business so when you meet these incredible women you are magnetized by them. They inspire me to keep on keeping on.
How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style is me and things I have picked up throughout the years. I am drawn to what my friends wear, street style, designer style, and vintage that are all mish-mashed into one. I feel like the older you get you collect all of these differences and you become you.
What is your favorite accessory?
I don’t have any single piece that defines me. But I do like a sophisticated street-style if there is such a thing. Something kool and casual to be running errands in the city. I don’t like to be too fussy. No makeup when I’m not working. You can catch me anytime still taking the subway and public transportation to get me from A to B and still making it fun.
Do you have a particular diet and or exercise regime that you follow?
I don’t have a particular diet or regime. I am always on the move. Living in the city I still walk everywhere. We have a car but I feel like you miss so much of your neighborhood driving around for small errands. You burn calories and still enjoy your daily routine just walking around. I don’t follow any diet. I eat what I want in moderation. This way I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything. Food is way too good!
What advice do you have for women over 50 to be the best they can be?
Thank you so much Eleanor for letting me interview you here on Ageless Style. Many of our readers remember you as the face of Artful Home, one of our all-time favorite boutiques.
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