BY Lucy Notarantonio
A glamourous 59-year-old who refused to wear a bikini aged 30 kickstarted her lingerie modelling career at 53 – and now strips down for lingerie and swimwear shoots across the globe.
Stunning Nicola Griffin, from Mapperley, Nottingham, thanks her long luscious silver locks for helping her bag her first modelling shoot six years ago.
Mum-of-two Nicola has since jetted to the US, Capetown and across Europe to model for magazines and in fashion shows and doesn’t plan on retiring any time soon.
After spending her younger years hiding her figure, she said she now couldn’t be happier to showcase her svelte frame after she was scouted while at the bank.
Nicola said: “I was scouted in the bank by a hair company who had a new silver shampoo, I wasn’t going to ring them but my twin daughters Tabitha and Elly, both 24, told me to ‘go for it’ as they were off to university.
“I had no idea what to expect, but within months I was sent to the Caribbean for my first shoot.
“I was with four much younger models, so when I was handed a bikini, I thought they must have got the swimwear mixed up.
“I thought ‘why would anyone want to see me in that?’ But now five years later, my mindset has completely changed and I love it.
“The past few years have been a whirlwind, before modelling the furthest I would go was to the supermarket.
“I was terribly insecure throughout my 30’s and 40’s but now I have no problems in doing a lingerie shoot, I am proud of who I am.
“Some people have been negative about my modelling, as they claim someone in their 50’s should be retiring but I am just warming up.
“I will stop the day I die, I’m not planning on giving up any time soon.”
Former online businesswoman Nicola believes her modelling career with MiLK Management was a ‘miracle’ and hasn’t looked back since.
She works out every other day – using weights to keep herself toned – and eats a healthy diet but said her look is appealing because she has a ‘normal’ body.
Nicola added: “Never in a million years did I think I would be doing lingerie shoots, but my confidence is now sky high and I have accepted my body for what it is.
“I didn’t even know what Instagram was until modelling, and now I have over 12,000 followers.
“My body is nothing to shout about, I am a normal woman who doesn’t have a rock-hard body which is why women can relate to me.
“It’s not about age or size, it is about strength and determination – I work out every other day, eat nutritious colourful food and weight train.
“I am so thankful that I started running with my dog, as recently I had a shoot in Amsterdam and I had 10 minutes to spare before my flight, I ran the whole way and got there in time.
“You must be fit to get up and go to the airport at 3am for a shoot in Italy which will require standing on your feet all day.
“For me, the future is bright and as I approach 60, I feel enthusiastic about my exciting career ahead. It’s just the beginning.”