The 56 year old model Nicola Griffin is trying to fight a battle in the fashion industry that has never even been questioned. Fashion magazines, runways, photo shoots are all filled with very young models. So much so that those models almost always have a backup plan for when they get over 30.
But this stigma surrounding old women are not only a problem for models who do this for a living. Every women over 40 looks at fashion and has a very hard time relating to the products because of the women wearing them. Most clothing is deemed “too young” for women over 40 and they are directed to dress a certain way.
With the body-positive path fashion is trying to lead nowadays, including age in the areas it has discarded may be a good idea. With considerations of race, size, colour fashion seems to be going in a better direction nowadays and 56 year old model Nicola Griffin is bringing age to the table.
Griffin has an amazing resume so far with being the oldest model in Sports Illustrated and being in a lingerie shoot for British magazine SLiNK. As she carves the way for more diversity in fashion she has amazing words of wisdom for women of every age.
“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,” Griffin told SLiNK, “I’ve been young, I’ve been worried, I’ve been under pressure. I’ve felt all those things, and I don’t want to feel them any more.”
She also 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,”
The gorgeous 56 year old model Nicola Griffin approach to modelling may just make fashion more human-friendly.