Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue’s latest model is 56-year-old Kathy Jacobs

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Age before beauty: who says?

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit announced on Tuesday the six finalists of its search for open models, and among the group of beauties is Kathy Jacobs, 56, of Calabasas, California.

"Frankly, I'm still in shock," the 5-foot-3-inch stunner said in a video about People, which first revealed to the finalists competing for a place in the 2020 edition.

"It means a lot to me to be part of this, to be part of a movement that is bigger than me and that includes women of my age," he says. "I mean, I'm 56 years old, and the world considers that people over 55 are older people.

"And I just want to show the world what 56 means. You know, it's not like I'm ready to turn around and play dead because I still have so much more to live inside of me."

Jacobs does more than just pose in a bikini: she appeared in the video "Oh Yeah" of Green Day that appeared in January, and is considered a small model activist who also fights for the inclusion of age in the fashion industry.

The swimsuit edition has included a greater age range of women in recent years: Jacobs was not the only woman over 50 who tried to participate in the model search contest this year, and in 2019, Tyra Banks , 45, appeared on the cover. a yellow bikini In 2017, Christie Brinkley posed for the magazine mag at 63 with her daughters.

Swimsuit SI model Christie Valdiserri
Swimsuit SI model Christie ValdiserriGetty Images for Sports Illustra

Jacobs is not the only barrier that knocks down Sports Illustrated. Other models competing for a shoot in the 2020 edition include Christie Valdiserri, who has alopecia areata, a condition that causes baldness.

"In 2018, my friend attended the open call, and I remember thinking," Wow, I can't do that until my hair grows back, "the 25-year-old Los Angeles resident told People.

“This was when my hair was growing but very unevenly. Then, everything fell back in April 2019, and I said to myself: "Okay, I can continue drowning in this pain and let it dictate my life, or I can regain power and own this appearance."

"I knew this was my time to be a voice for all women and girls who cry every day because they just want to feel normal again."

Here are the other four fabulous finalists.

Clarissa Bowers, 22 from Umatilla, Florida

Swimsuit SI model Clarissa Bowers
Swimsuit SI model Clarissa BowersGetty Images for Sports Illustra

Brielle Anyea, 24, of Baltimore

Swimsuit SI model Brielle Anyea
Swimsuit SI model Brielle AnyeaGetty Images for Sports Illustra

Jamea Lynee Byrd, 27, of Philadelphia

Swimsuit SI model Jamea Byrd
Swimsuit SI model Jamea ByrdGetty Images for Sports Illustra

Tanaye White, 27, of Southington, Connecticut

Swimsuit SI model Tanaye White
Swimsuit SI model Tanaye WhiteGetty Images for Sports Illustra