62-year-old Nikki Redcliff from Brighton loves to show off her wrinkles and lines as she feels more confident than she was in her younger years, and now she’s an Instagram sensation.
She said she used to be ‘average’ when it comes to clothing and appearance during her ‘mummy years.’ She was also self-conscious that she even thought of cosmetic surgery.
But in her 50s, she decided to stop following trends and decided to wear clothes that she really liked, and that’s when she found her self-esteem soaring high.
She started showing off her 1950s-inspired dresses and the social media account she created gained an impressive 29,000 followers!
Her fame also led her to sign to an agency and now she’s doing some modeling.
“I was averagely nice looking and usually well-dressed, but I only really developed a strong personal style after the age of fifty, when I gave up following fashion and just wore what made me happy. Now I regard the fashion world with interest but no desire to participate,” she said.
“As a young woman I was less confident and there were more pressures in life which I couldn’t control – work, children, family, husband, finances etc.
“I have found ageing to be very liberating and I love the freedom and independence I now have to do what I want, wear what I want, be the person I want to be.”
She continued: “When I was younger, I thought I might resort to cosmetic surgery at some point but now I’ve reached that point where I’m completely against surgery.
“In this world of Instagram beauty and with so many young women having cosmetic procedures I think there will be a backlash and the untouched face of ageing will have a certain cachet.”
She went on: “I don’t do any regular exercise, but I’d say I’m fit, supple and strong, which must be due to fortunate genes rather than a fitness regime.
“There are many downsides to getting older – thinner hair, saggy skin, lines and wrinkles, loss of muscle tone etc.
“Maintenance for me means making the best of the situation rather than relentlessly trying to turn back the tide of time.”
Nikki added: “Don’t feel pressure to ‘keep young and beautiful’. I find the way I look affects my outlook on life and if I look good, I feel good. For some people it doesn’t matter at all.. The important thing is to be happy in your own skin.”
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