Monday 26 September 2016

Meet the 56-year-old model making her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue debut

Published 11/02/2016 | 08:39

Nicola Griffin in the Swimsuits for All campaign. Picture: Sports Illustrated
Nicola Griffin in the Swimsuits for All campaign. Picture: Sports Illustrated
Ashley Graham stars in the Swimsuits for All campaign. Picture: Sports Illustrated
Philomena Kwao stars in the Swimsuits for All campaign. Picture: Sports Illustrated
Nicola Griffin stars in the Swimsuits for All campaign. Picture: Sports Illustrated

Introducing the latest addition to Sports Illustrated's most diverse Swimsuit Issue ever.

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While plus-size model Ashley Graham made history for curvy women everywhere with her Rookie of the Year nomination, 56-year-old Nicola Griffin will also make her debut in the magazine.

According to the magazine, she's the oldest woman to appear in its pages and features as part of the #SwimSexy campaign, which promotes body confidence among women of all ages and sizes. She will appear in an ad for Swimsuits for All alongside Graham (who features elsewhere in the mag) and Philomena Kwao, who rock matching gold bikinis for the beach shots.

Griffin released a statement, saying: "People think you lose your sex appeal as you get older, but that’s a myth. I have two daughters and I’m so proud they get to see me looking sexy and confident in a bathing suit."

Nicola Griffin stars in the Swimsuits for All campaign. Picture: Sports Illustrated
Nicola Griffin stars in the Swimsuits for All campaign. Picture: Sports Illustrated

And the mother-of-two, who began her modelling career at 53, said the campaign was the first time in her life she's ever worn a bikini.

"I've never actually worn a bikini. This is the first time. It's amazing. I would never have thought of saying that but...it's the first time and it felt wonderful."

She added to the Daily Mail: "My children can’t believe it. They text me and they’re like, 'Mom, is it true?' They keep asking me to double check. They both think it’s marvelous though. Their boyfriends are so excited too, which is great. There’s a lot of giggling going on."

Meanwhile, Graham, who has been campaigning for body confidence for more than a year with her #IAmSizeSexy mantra, said it was a dream come true to grace the pages of the prestigious magazine.

Ashley Graham stars in the Swimsuits for All campaign. Picture: Sports Illustrated
Ashley Graham stars in the Swimsuits for All campaign. Picture: Sports Illustrated

"It's official - I'm a @si_swimsuit model!!" she exclaimed. "This is a dream come true. Thank you to everyone who stood up for curves- our voices were heard and together we can help me win Rookie of the Year (prize for model newcomer)."

Philomena Kwao stars in the Swimsuits for All campaign. Picture: Sports Illustrated
Philomena Kwao stars in the Swimsuits for All campaign. Picture: Sports Illustrated

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