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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Kathy Jacobs, 56, details surprising fan mail from men: ‘It’s super sweet’


EXCLUSIVE: At age 56, Kathy Jacobs is a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model.

The Calabasas, Calif., pinup, who proudly stands at 5-foot-Three inches, is included in the 2020 issue accessible on newsstands. The quilt includes a trio of fashions — Olivia Culpo, Jasmine Sanders and Kate Bock, who every have particular person covers.

However that’s not the one motive Jacobs is celebrating today. She was additionally named a winner of the third annual SI Swim Search open casting name alongside Tanaye White. Each girls will make their official rookie debuts within the 2021 problem.

The unique swimsuit problem, which was first revealed in 1964, has been a launching pad for fashions, reminiscent of Kathy Eire, Christie Brinkley, Elle Macpherson, Kate Upton and Ashley Graham.


Jacobs spoke to Fox Information about being an inspiration to different girls, what her fan mail from males is wanting like, how her husband feels concerning the scorching snaps, in addition to what saved her going over time after going through failure.

Fox Information: You’re formally a rookie for 2021. How does it really feel?
Kathy Jacobs: It’s like a dream. It actually seems like I’m dreaming… It’s a sense that’s higher than Christmas!

Fox Information: What does being an SI rookie at age 56 imply to you?
Jacobs: Oh, it means a lot. Not only for me. It means so much for the opposite women over 50 on the market. And in my case, the women over 55. It signifies that we now have been acknowledged… We’re being given a voice within the modeling trade and the world. 

Fox Information: How necessary has it been so that you can present {that a} girl can rock a bikini, irrespective of her age?
Jacobs: I believe it’s super necessary. There are such a lot of girls my age who don’t rock a bikini as a result of they really feel that they don’t have the right bikini physique to do it… All people ought to have the ability to really feel attractive and personal their sexiness, it doesn’t matter what age they’re.


Fox Information: How does it really feel to know that so many younger girls admire you?
Jacobs: I couldn’t be happier that each one these younger women love me. I simply couldn’t be freaking extra thrilled if I attempted. I’m stuffed to the brim with happiness… Most significantly, I get women telling me, “Oh my gosh, you’ve inspired my mom.” The younger women attain out to me simply to say I’ve impressed their mother. After which all of them say, “I want to be like you at 50.” And I’m like, “Honey, you’re going to be higher than me. Belief me. You’re going to be nice.

… You understand, none of that will have been potential if Sports Illustrated hadn’t had been so forward-thinking. They’re those that gave me an opportunity. And I simply assume it hit a nerve with individuals as a result of they’re able to see a change on the earth. They need to be a part of the change on the earth. And I believe it simply confirmed the world that we have to open the doorways to extra sorts of magnificence as a result of, they, there’s not one sort of magnificence.

Fox Information: What concerning the guys? What’s that fan mail wanting like?
Jacobs: *Laughs* We’re not going to speak concerning the messages I get from the fellows. *laughs* However in all seriousness, I do get plenty of males who’re over 50 thanking me. Lots of males say to me, “Thank you for doing this because my wife is beautiful and she’s your age. I’ve always known that. And this is validating that women at your age are beautiful, including my wife.” I get that so much truly, which I believe is super candy.

Fox Information: You started modeling within the ‘80s. What kept you going over the years?
Jacobs: I just always felt there was something out there I needed to pursue. It felt like it was inside of me. I know that sounds weird to say, but I did feel that I [would] get knocked down and sometimes I stayed down a lot longer than I want to admit. But the important thing is I always get back up. I’m just one of those people that I get back up eventually and keep going again. If I didn’t do this, I wouldn’t be sitting right here speaking to you proper now.


 I imply, my family advised me to overlook all these loopy desires and go get an everyday job. If I’d have listened to my family, I wouldn’t be right here. And that’s not as a result of they don’t love me. They care about me. Actually, one time, my husband sat me down. He mentioned, “Kathy, I just can’t watch you fail anymore.” You understand what? I did it once more. I failed once more. And I [fell] my method to the highest. 

Fox Information: Due to your persistence, your husband can now say he’s married to a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model.
Jacobs: *Laughs* No person gloats greater than my husband. It’s like, borderline embarrassing. I imply, I’ve by no means seen something prefer it. He’s simply in hog heaven. He’s gloating 24/7. He’s very impressed. He ought to simply be my publicist at this level *laughs*.

Fox Information: Trying again, what compelled you to hop on a aircraft to Miami and check out for SI?
Jacobs: I truly hopped on a aircraft twice and tried out for SI Swimsuit. The primary yr I made a video and I didn’t make it previous the spherical. After which the second yr I didn’t quit. I did it once more. I made a video with my daughter after which I flew out to Miami. 

What was going via my thoughts after I auditioned for Sports Illustrated? I needed to point out the world what girls over 50 can do. I needed to point out the world what we’re able to. And I actually don’t really feel lower than due to my age. And I need to present that to the world. I simply had this burning need to do this. Even when I received kicked to the curb, it didn’t matter to me. The purpose was that I used to be doing it. And so, right here I’m now.


It goes to point out you, you can’t quit on your self even when different individuals round you may have given up on you. Even in case you assume the world’s given up on you, you’ve gotta imagine in your self and you bought put in your huge lady pants or, in my case, a bikini, and simply maintain going, you already know?

Fox Information: It sounds such as you weren’t frightened about presumably being the oldest girl within the room. 
Jacobs: Oh no, I’m not frightened about that in any respect. I’m not competing with a 20-year-old. I’ve a daughter who’s 24. She’s my greatest pal. I used to be simply there to say, “This is me. I’m over 50. This is the best version of me that I possibly have today. And this is how I’m showing up.” That’s how I went via the entire thing.  And all the ladies beloved me. I used to be like their mother. And we’ve developed such shut bonds that I actually do really feel like their mother *laughs*.

Fox Information: What was it like capturing this yr’s problem in Turks and Caicos?
Jacobs: Turks and Caicos is actually like paradise. I received up super early, like 4 o’clock, and I needed to be there at 5 a.m. I used to be fairly relaxed to start with, however then I began to get nervous… I bear in mind I used to be so nervous concerning the very first shot. Actually, my tooth have been chattering. I bear in mind [SI Swimsuit editor] MJ [Day] pulled me apart and mentioned, “You need to just relax. You’ve got this.” As soon as I used to be in a position to calm down, I received into the zone. And when it simply went higher from there.

Fox Information: What went via your thoughts while you first noticed these images?
Jacobs: Wow, they made me look so good! *laughs*. Being on the market as a girl over 50 was actually among the finest moments of my life.


Fox Information: It’s been mentioned the key behind your enviable determine is stomach dancing.
Jacobs: Bellydancing is my type of train. However extra importantly, it’s a sisterhood. It’s a non-judgmental place. And I’m not nice in any respect. I’m the one which stands within the again and follows my associates who’re higher than me. And these women are additionally of their fifties. 

It simply provides you this excuse to placed on an attractive outfit and dance round. If you wish to really feel attractive over 50 I actually advocate it as a result of I believe it forces you to that. It forces you to placed on a bra, dance round with your pals and be free. It’s an important feeling.

The Related Press contributed to this report.


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