The last you heard from me was earlier in the year when I was featured and pictured in a 2 page spread for the quarterly magazine Life and Living, not front page this time Twiggy had that slot. I did enjoy doing another professional shoot in London
Shortly after I auditioned and got a small speaking role in a film university students were making as a mysterious shop keeper, it was great fun and done in a very professional way and a great experience.
After that in April I entered a model search competition held at a local shopping centre over 260 men and women turned up to be photographed this was whittled down eventually to the final 19 who were then asked to do a live fashion show wearing clothes from the shopping centre. I was one of the 19 chosen in June to do the catwalk show which I went on to win, the nearest in age to me was 38.
I will now go on to do a professional shoot for the centre in Oct which will be used in promotion and publicity for them.
I was very surprised and pleased to win, no one knew my age of 67 until the fashion show was reported in the local newspaper.
Being judged on merit not age
So I was judged on merit not age and of course that is the way it always should be what ever age you are and what ever you chose to do in life…..
Very recently my photograph was used in the USA by the Hearst newspaper corporation to advertise a competition( the photo used is the one featured).
Titled a National Magazine is looking for real women over ages 40 to 70 who look better now than they did years ago.
The advert for the competition went as follows have your look’s improved not because of surgery or injectable’s but because you’ve realised the best is yet to come and you are now more “you” than ever before, then tell us all about it etc etc.
The winner was to go on the Oprah chat show, aimed at the over 40′s and aired in New York City
I was more than a little surprised and pleased that my photograph was used in this way, especially as it was used in a American magazine and not in this country.
I am now very much of the opinion as my experiences have proved over the last couple of years that women of my age who are well over 60 can still compete with a very much younger generation. So get out there ladies there are still plenty of opportunities for you if you look and when you do find them grab them with both hands as you never know where they may lead.
Christyne was originally featured on Fabafterfifty as a ‘Fabwoman‘ and regularly updates us with her adventures!