Have you ever ever tried to elucidate Instagram to your grandmother? It’s like an inspiration board of images however in your telephone, and you’ll inform folks you want them with hearts. Yeah…At 69 years outdated, Maye Musk (herself a grandmother of 10) doesn’t solely get Instagram, she’s harnessed it to assist rework her modeling profession. “I used to be posting images of my work, and abruptly photographers would contact me to do weird, unbelievable, utterly not a 70-year-old kind appears,” Musk tells SELF.

The eye received her 100Ok followers—and a contract with IMG, the modeling company that represents Gigi Hadid and Joan Smalls, which received her higher and higher jobs. In September, Musk was named a CoverGirl, making her the oldest spokesmodel for the model in historical past.

Musk has been modeling since she was 15 years outdated. Her mom’s good friend owned a modeling college and received her right into a paid runway job that led to a lifelong profession. Surprisingly, she by no means actually heard she was lovely rising up in South Africa, the place she says there’s a totally different customary for magnificence. “Nobody mentioned to me that you simply’re lovely,” she says. “They thought you might want to be attention-grabbing and clever and have good dialog. I simply suppose an enormous smile and feeling assured makes you lovely.”

Musk by no means anticipated modeling to be her full-time gig, and has been a training registered dietician for many of her life. She all the time assumed her modeling profession would peeter off, however it by no means did. She stored getting calls and auditions. “My hashtag is #justgettingstarted as a result of I actually suppose the world is opening up for us,” she says. “I hope different girls of my age and older and really a lot youthful notice we will simply hold going.” It doesn’t appear to be she’ll be retiring any time quickly. (Her mom labored till she was 94, so she’s received a couple of extra many years earlier than she beats that file.)

Age is insignificant to Musk. She actually believes there aren’t any guidelines with regards to getting old, and he or she doesn’t fear about getting older. “I all the time mentioned as a dietician age doesn’t matter. So long as you’re doing good analysis and serving to folks eat effectively, it doesn’t matter what age you’re,” she says. “As a mannequin, perhaps it’s going to matter at some stage, however it’s actually not taking place now.”

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