SHE might be pushing 60, but this mum-of-two is determined to fulfil her dream of becoming a swimwear model.
Gym owner Jodi Harrison-Bauer, 58, from Connecticut has two adult daughters and now wants her place among modelling elite by becoming the oldest woman to appear in Sports Illustrated’s storied swimsuit issue.
“Whether I’m chosen or not, I’m doing this as another way to share who I am and encourage others along the way that it’s not too late to try something new,” Harrison-Bauer told the newspaper. “I’m 58, and I’ve never felt so confident in myself.”
A determined Harrison-Bauer — who runs Jodifit, a boutique fitness studio in Branford — took that self-assured approach earlier this week to Miami, where she’ll attend a casting call at the W South Beach hotel Friday in hopes of outshining dozens of other models, many of whom will be decades younger than herself.
“I saw there were no specific age categories,” she told the newspaper. “That was my loophole to go for it.”
The two-time World Fitness America and World Fitness Universe champion credits 10 hours a week of resistance training, weightlifting and cardio for her toned figure as she approaches her 60s.
Taking a page from her workout philosophy, Harrison-Bauer wants women to “break out of the box society loves to put us in,” she said.
The trainer said she planned to get in line at about 5 a.m. for the casting call, where she’s expected to be joined by SI models like 27-year-old Camille Kostek and 26-year-old Danielle Herrington.
Harrison-Bauer could not immediately be reached for comment.
Supermodel Paulina Porizkova turned heads in the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue when she appeared inside at age 54 the oldest to date.
Tyra Banks the first African-American to grace the special edition’s cover in 1996 – became its oldest cover girl at age 45 in May.