Model Nicola Griffin attends Sports Illustrated Celebrates Swimsuit 2016. Photo: Getty Images
Nicola Griffin, a middle-aged single mother from Nottingham, was queueing with her twin daughters at the bank one day when a stranger asked a somewhat unlikely question.
The woman was from a hair product company, and she wanted to know whether Griffin, who ran a business organising student exchange trips, would be willing to model for the company's latest campaign. Griffin was sceptical but her teenage daughters, Tabitha and Elly, urged her to give it a go.
The hair signing quickly led to more modelling jobs, including a skin campaign, lingerie shoot and retirement home brochure. From local agencies, she progressed to London-based Milk Model Management, which had spotted her on Facebook.
Nicola Griffin in a campaign for Swimsuits For All.
Three years after that trip to the bank, at the improbable age of 56 and a buxom size 16, she has just become the latest pin-up for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, an American institution for more than half a century. This makes her the oldest person to appear in a magazine known for skimpy bikinis and doe-eyed youngsters. The shot of a gold bikini-clad "real woman" emerging from the Caribbean Sea has been welcomed as a glorious riposte to body-shamers and ageists who believe that quinquagenarians shouldn't be seen dead in a two-piece. Pigmentation marks, tick. Wobbly thighs, tick. Griffin is unapologetic about all of it.Advertisement
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