This 56-Year-Old Follows A Strict Diet, Exercises 4 Days A Week, And It Obviously Pays Off (21 pics)

To some, ‘Never give up on your dreams’ sounds cliché, but those who dare to chase their life’s goals beg to differ.

Kathy Jacobs has just got her biggest breakthrough — she has made it to the final of this year’s annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model search competition. However, Kathy isn’t your average cover girl. She stands 5’3″ and is 56 years old.

After making it to the end of the contest, the woman from Calabasas, California highlighted that it’s important not to discount people because of their age or height, hoping her appearance in Sports Illustrated will help change readers’ views of beauty.

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“I was a model in the ’80s in NYC and then did some stuff here and there in LA but had given up and got a minimum wage job sweeping the floor at a Drybar and decided to give it one last shot about a year and a half ago,” Kathy told Bored Panda. “I started self-submitting myself for modeling and acting jobs and got quite a few [of them].”

She modeled for Soji Health and BeautyBlender and did several commercials as well as a Green Day music video where she appeared in a bikini.

Image credits: Sports Illustrated/Yu Tsai

Image credits: Sports Illustrated/Yu Tsai

Kathy said that after her Sports Illustrated photos went viral, she got bombarded with messages asking for dates and diet, workout, and skincare advice.

“I am not a diet expert,” she said. “I was pre-diabetic and changed the way I eat about 4 years ago.”

Now, Kathy doesn’t eat meat and has fish just a couple of times a week. “I drink lots of almond milk because I use it in my coffee and smoothie every day.”

For breakfast, she usually has a vegan protein smoothie with strawberries or blueberries and meatless sausages. Sometimes she might make eggs with cheese and tomatoes instead. Kathy also eats salads with all different kinds of beans and cheeses for protein. She doesn’t consume sugar but admitted that she’s addicted to Lilly’s sugar-free chocolate chips and peanut butter cups.

“I eat a lot of almond flour crackers. I also make ugly almond flour muffins sweetened with stevia or sugar substitute.”

For dinner, she might have spaghetti squash instead of pasta with pesto or tomato sauce or fish.

Kathy won’t have bread, pasta, rice, or white potatoes more than once a week, but she really enjoys sweet potatoes.

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