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Meet the Oldest Woman to Appear in the <i>Sports Illustrated</i> Swimsuit Issue

When you think of the bikini-wearing models who appear in the pages of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, what descriptions come to mind? Early twenties or younger? Size 2? Skinny? Perfectly toned?
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When you think of the bikini-wearing models who appear in the pages of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, what descriptions come to mind? Early twenties or younger? Size 2? Skinny? Perfectly toned?

Nicola Griffin is none of those things. Yet at 56, the curvy silver-haired British model became the oldest woman to appear in the pages of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Griffin along with other curvy models Ashley Graham (one of this year's Sports Illustrated cover girls) and Philomena Kwao appear in the issue in swimsuitsforall's swimwear ads which marked the launch of their #SwimSexy campaign.

The revolutionary campaign's mission is to promote body positivity by proving that women of all ages, shapes and sizes can be sexy. Women are encouraged to post photos of themselves in bathing suits tagging #swimsexy on social media. "I have never felt sexier at 56," says Griffin. "Society has made women believe they need to be young and thin to be sexy--and this is not true at all. You can be sexy at any age and shape. I hope that more brands realize this and take action."

Griffin, who began modeling three years ago, shared her thoughts with Parade.com. Click here to read her interview.

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Photo courtesy of swimsuitsforall/Used with permission