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

Age before beauty — says who?

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit announced the six finalists of their open model search Tuesday morning, and among the bevy of beauties is Kathy Jacobs, 56, of Calabasas, California.

“Frankly, I’m still in shock,” the 5’3” stunner said in a video on People, which first revealed the finalists vying for a spot in the 2020 issue.

“It means so much to me to be part of this, to be part of a movement that’s bigger than myself, and for ladies in my age range to be included,” she says. “I mean, I’m 56, and the world considers people over 55 to be senior citizens.

“And I just want to show the world what 56 means. You know, it’s not like I’m ready to roll over and play dead because I’ve still got a lot more living inside of me to do.”

Jacobs does more than just pose in bikinis: She was featured in Green Day’s “Oh Yeah” video which dropped in January, and considers herself a petite model-activist who also fights for age inclusion in the fashion industry.

The swimsuit issue has included a larger age range of women in the past few years: Jacobs wasn’t the only lady over 50 to try out for the model search contest this year, and in 2019, Tyra Banks, 45, graced the cover in a yellow bikini. In 2017, Christie Brinkley posed for the mag at age 63 alongside her daughters.

Jacobs isn’t the only one toppling barriers for Sports Illustrated. Other models on the cover include Christie Valdiserri, who has Alopecia Areata, a condition that causes baldness.

“In 2018, my friend attended the open call, and I remember thinking to myself, ‘Wow I can’t do that until my hair grows all the way back in,’ ” the 25-year-old Los Angeles resident told People.

“This was when my hair was growing in but very unevenly. Then it had all fallen out again in April 2019, and I told myself, okay I can either continue to drown in this pain and let it dictate my life, or I can take the power back and own this look.

“I knew this was my moment to be a voice for all the women and young girls who cry every day because they just want to feel normal again.”

Here are the four other fab finalists.

Clarissa Bowers, 22 of Umatilla, Fla.

Brielle Anyea, 24, of Baltimore, MD

Jamea Lynee Byrd, 27, of Philadelphia, PA

Tanaye White, 27, of Southington, CT


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