the oldest model to have been featured in Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit
edition. She took up modelling for want of something to do after her
kids all flew the nest. Now she’s the star of a shoot for SLiNK magazine, the only print
plus-size fashion magazine worldwide, for its ‘Passion Issue’,
celebrating passionate women across all ages.
Nicola told SLiNK: ‘Young girls open magazines and it influences them so
much about body image. I think it’s very good for them to see different
sized women because otherwise they can feel bad about themselves if
they don’t look like the models.
‘When you get to 56 you don’t know how long you have got left in the world, and this is how you look – so embrace it.
pressure. I’ve felt all those things and I don’t want to feel them any
Talking about her decision to become a model, Nicola said: ‘I haven’t heard any negativity.
feel they have a model that represents and inspires them. It’s been
people think of them, telling other aspiring older models: ‘The key is
not listening to what other people tell you. Brave it out – you’ve got
to go for it with a passion. Be brave and strong. You have got nothing
to lose and everything to gain.’
You might think looking so good at 56 comes with impossible dietary
commitments but Nicola doesn’t diet, she said: “I eat a lot of fruit and
veg. I like kiwis, nuts, green smoothies made with spinach and bananas,
and I have porridge for breakfast.”
She has also cut back on alcohol
and invested in good facial oils, fitness is essential, she attends
Zumba classes, a fitness dance regime.