Sunday 19 August 2018

'Please God I'll still be working as a model when I'm 80' - former Miss Ireland Olivia Tracey

Olivia Tracey at the Arnotts Autumn Winter 2017 womenswear show
Olivia Tracey at the Arnotts Autumn Winter 2017 womenswear show
Olivia Tracey at the Arnotts Autumn Winter 2017 womenswear show
Olivia Tracey at the Arnotts Autumn Winter 2017 womenswear show
Olivia Tracey at the Arnotts Autumn Winter 2017 womenswear show
Olivia Tracey at the Arnotts Autumn Winter 2017 womenswear show
Olivia Tracey in the early days of her modelling career
Olivia Tracey in the early days of her modelling career
Actress Olivia Tracey
Olivia Tracey in the early days of her modelling career
Olivia Tracey at the Arnotts Autumn Winter 2017 womenswear show
Olivia Tracey at the Arnotts Autumn Winter 2017 womenswear show
Olivia Tracey pictured at the Irish Premiere of 'The Lone Ranger' at the Savoy Cinema Dublin. Photo: Anthony Woods
Olivia Tracey at the Arnotts Autumn Winter 2017 womenswear show
Model Olivia Tracey wears a floral print dress from Max&Co (€259) while Anastasia Kuchynskaya models a rust suede jacket by Selected Femme, (€200) and a black floral print dress (€145) by the former Made in Chelsea star, Millie Mackintosh at the Arnotts AW17 womenswear show. Photo: Kieran Harnett
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Olivia Tracey is a long-standing style icon among a generation of women.

After her 1984 Miss Ireland win, the Dubliner shot to prominence and thanks to the fact that Ireland is finally taking note of a more diverse fashion industry, we've seen a lot more of her this year. Notably, she stole the show at the Arnotts Autumn/Winter fashion show last July and thus earned a new legion of fans.

Olivia Tracey at the Arnotts Autumn Winter 2017 womenswear show
Olivia Tracey at the Arnotts Autumn Winter 2017 womenswear show

When it comes to ageing, Tracey (57)has access to the best. She has been based in LA for the last number of years, jetting home to Dublin for select jobs with her Irish agency, Morgan. Most recently signed with Ford Models, one of the premier agencies in the world, which she joined in her 40s - no easy feat.

And she has the most refreshing attitude to ageing, we're considering embroidering her quotes on pillows.

"I suppose what I would say to younger people is you don't have to do everything by the time you're 30. It's not all over when you hit 30. There's a lot left," she told Irish Country Magazine.

"In many ways, in this time of my life, I feel like this is a time for looking forward. I think I was always like that. I always dreamed big. I still get excited about working in the business. I still love it. Please God, I'll still be working as model when I'm 80!"

Olivia Tracey in the early days of her modelling career
Olivia Tracey in the early days of her modelling career

Tracey said she thinks of age as a milestone and not a misfortune, adding: "From the time I was 30, I'd say, 'I'm just going to make a decision now that I'm never going to complain about my age, because there's not a damn thing you can do about it'. Just go with it. People apologise for being a certain age. They think, 'oh they're over 40, it's not to be discussed, like you're maimed for life. I think of it as an achievement."

The silver-haired star has never been shy about discussing her mantras on ageing, embracing her true self while living in the vainest land in the world - where women are considered 'too old' for men their own age.

Olivia Tracey in the early days of her modelling career
Olivia Tracey in the early days of her modelling career

"I feel perfectly fine about ageing. The hardest time for me in terms of ageing was 29 going on 30," she told the Irish Independent in 2014. "The idea of 30 has a sense of maturity around it, but after my 30th birthday I said to myself, 'I feel the same as I felt two days ago, before I was 30.' There's nothing I can do about it. My mother is 93 and thinking how young I look.

"I'd be robbing myself of the opportunity to enjoy life if I was worrying about ageing. It's a waste of time."

Actress Olivia Tracey
Actress Olivia Tracey

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