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Kathy Jacobs’ success is proof positive that you’re never too old to have a dream.

The 56-year-old has made it to the finals of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model search competition.

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Happy Monday everyone!!!! I love this shot by @yutsai88 for @si_swimsuit !!! I’m honestly posting it to motivate myself to workout this morning!!!! Lol

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The Calabasas, California woman is using her newfound fame to highlight ageism in the industry and hopes she can make a change by helping people expand their views on beauty.

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THANK YOU SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIM SEARCH I am beyond grateful that you and everyone involved with this amazing search exists on this planet to showcase ALL TYPES OF BEAUTY!!!!!! The Sports Illustrayed Swimsuit issue is out on July 21st!!!!

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Jacobs was a petite (5’3″) model represented by the Ford Agency in the 1980s, but had given up on fame to raise a family. Married for 25 years with a daughter in medical school, she was working at a Drybar when she decided to give modeling one last go.

As soon as she made that decision, she started getting jobs again.

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MADE IN THE SHADE. #siswimsearch is the BEST THING EVER. OMG someone please take me back to this shoot in Turks with @mj_day and the @si_swimsuit dream team!! I even had my own private shade courtesy of Ozzy! I don’t know his ig or I would tag him!!! So grateful to show what us gals over 55 can do!! . . . . . . . #over55 #over55fitness #over55sowhat #over55andfabulous #over55community #over55style #over50andfabulous #over50 #over50style #over50fitness @si_swimsearch #imnottooold #imnottoooldforthisshit #imnottoooldyet #dontgiveup #dontgiveuponyourself #dontgiveuponyourdreams

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She’s recently modeled for Soji Health, BeautyBlender, and has appeared in Green Day and Miley Cyrus music videos.

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After her Sports Illustrated photos went viral, fans have been clamoring for her workout and diet secrets. Jacobs, who was pre-diabetic, says she switched to a mostly plant-based, high protein diet (she does have fish a couple of times a week) and works out four times a week to the videos posted on Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Instagram’s live TV.

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♬ Feel the Burn – Tobin Bradstreet

Of her second chance at modeling success, she says, “It’s kind of impractical to tell someone, [a] man or woman over 50 that they should just ride off into the sunset… I’m so out that I’m in, and I want to show that you can be whatever you are, and still be a star. Old is gold.”

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