'There needs to be more honesty on the catwalk'
Published 23/10/2012 | 06:00
Mum-of-five Breid Morris (62) from Portmarnock, Dublin, recently returned to the catwalk after more than four decades.
"I first started modelling when I was 16. Then I got married and my life went in a completely different direction. Four years ago, my sister entered me in a competition to star in a Dove Pro Age ad campaign, which I won.
"Part of the prize was a contract with 1st Option Model Agency. Since then, I've done lots of fashion shows.
"Some designers prefer to use young models with no bust or bum because clothes just hang on them. But you don't suddenly stop being interested in fashion when you reach 60.
"There needs to be more honesty on the catwalk. Older women are more likely to buy clothes being modelled by a woman of their own vintage.
"We live in a very ageist society. I hate when people say a woman looks great 'for her age'. Quite often, it's women who judge. I think a lot of it is down to fear of getting older.
"Luckily, I didn't have a single hot flush during menopause. I eat healthily, get eight hours' sleep a night, dance around the kitchen for exercise and use an emulsifying ointment that you buy in a big tub for a few euro.
"Don't get me wrong -- I like the odd gin and tonic and wouldn't dream of leaving the house without my lipstick and earrings.
"With five grown-up children though, I don't see any point in lying about my age. What's wrong with having a few wrinkles anyway?"