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This 54-Year-Old Grandma Is A Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model

This story originally appeared at Do You Remember by Lauren Stewart.

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You don’t hear about many models in their fifties, so it is very inspiring when you learn about a successful one. Paulina Porizkova has been modeling for decades and has even appeared as a judge on the popular show America’s Next Top Model. Now the 54-year-old grandmother is appearing in the 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

She first appeared in the magazine in 1983. Sports Illustrated has become more inclusive over the years, but Paulina is now the oldest model to be on the cover. We hope this inspires them to add other more mature faces to the magazine cover!

See Some Of The Sneak Peeks Of The Shoot

At first, Paulina was thrilled, but then she said she started to think about having to pose in a bikini next to girls less than half her age. However, she said she was honored to break this barrier in the fashion and modeling industry. Often, models are considered “too old” once they reach their thirties! That is so crazy!

The 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue comes out in May, but Paulina posted a few sneak peeks on her Instagram account. She looks absolutely amazing! She wears very skimpy bikinis in the shoot it seems.

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According to Sports Illustrated, “The Czech-born supermodel was first shot by Walter Iooss Jr. for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit in 1983 when she was just 23-years-old. She appeared in the magazine from 1983-1986, again in 1989, 1992, 2004 and for our SI Swimsuit 50th Anniversary Legends shoot in 2014. She was the first woman from Central Europe to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit in 1984. Paulina was also invited back last year as a part of our female-empowerment, body-paint special which also included names like Aly Raisman, Hunter McGrady and Olivia Culpo.”

Paulina has two sons and two grandsons. She also has some step-granddaughters, nieces, and goddaughters. She said she wants to be a good influence for them and prove that age is just a number. It is still unbelievable that she is a grandmother!

The photos were shot on the beaches of Watamu, Kenya, by photographer Yu Tsai. This edition of the magazine will be released sometime in May 2019. Will you grab an issue? Do you think this is inspiring or do you disagree with the idea of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition?

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I hope we all understand that a photoshoot is in part a magic trick. You have been made up by the best people in the business; had hair added and blown and sprayed and makeup expertly applied so it looks perfectly natural and you are just the best version of yourself. You have tried on a hundred bathing suits and bikinis, and only the most flattering have been selected.A great photographer will know exactly where to put you for the best light, and make you feel confident by telling you how beautiful you are – on repeat. Your body shines with a fake tan and bronzers. And then you can shoot endless frames to only capture one single moment on camera. And that perfect moment will be taken to an artist who will make sure any tiny flaws are erased. None of us look like we do in photos – in real life. (for photos of what I look like with no make up and no magic, check out the fitting photos.)Here are the magicians responsible: @mj_day the brain of the project, and selector of the most flattering suits, @yutsai88 the eyes of the project, a photographer of incredible charm and charisma besides being a master of light, @tracymurphymua spectacular effects master, making me look perfectly natural but so much better, @jrugg8 for that amazing head of hair and a spectacularly bad photo of the two of us 😜. #sexydoesnothaveanexpirationdate

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