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How to Make It as a 40+ Model

I started modeling after turning 40. It didn’t happen as one would envision in their dreams: sending a holiday picture to an agency and walking the Paris catwalks a month later. Realistically, it took awhile.

I had been taking aerobic classes for some time, trying to get in better shape after having my two lovely children, when I heard someone talking about a woman who, proud of her workout results, did a photo-shoot for herself.


Model: Maria

It interested me, and I wanted to try that for myself, so after a few months (and many, many workouts) I booked myself a photo session with a photographer. Well, the result was amazing, and I was so proud that I sent the pictures all around—even to casting calls and model agencies. I thought, why not? Some responded positively, but most of them did not; my pictures were glitter and glamour and that was not exactly how agencies want to see you.

I decided to learn about the industry and learned a lot on the Internet. I created profiles on forums, and contacted people in the photography/modeling world. In the next few years I did a lot of TFP and free work for photographers, while always focusing on creating a good portfolio. I worked hard, drove many miles, and had both good and bad experiences.

But, the doors finally began to open and agencies began hiring me for paid jobs.

So, to all the women over 40, do you want to model? If so, create a Model Mayhem profile and start registering with some modeling forums. Work with photographers and have a great time. Use the pictures for your Facebook and family albums, or try to get some workshops, casting-photo shoots or real jobs from agencies. Enjoy it and, with a little luck, maybe you’ll get more than that out of it.


Model: Maria; Photographer: Stanislav Istratov; Retoucher: Big Bad Red

It is not a shame to be over 40, and it is certainly not a shame to have your photographs out there. Be realistic about your ambition though— just do it when you want too.

As for being realistic, no agency or client wants a 40 year old for a high fashion or lingerie shoot, unless you are really famous or a brand-face model. (Or if it is a specifically “40+” advertisement shoot). Try to learn about the various types of work available. For example, commercial is something completely different from fashion. Doing free work or work for artists is also a completely different world as lifestyle or photo shoots for business brochures.

Go to castings for commercials, join acting-classes and, importantly, don’t take it personally when you’re rejected for a job. Be yourself when it comes to age. A 40+ model is being booked because she’s 40+, so don’t try to look like your daughter. They wanted a lady or mother for the job and that is why they casted you.

Work hard, stay in shape, drink water and, most of all, have fun!

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model-maria

Maria started modeling at 43 and now works all over Europe. She also trained as a makeup artist. Maria is the mother of two children and lives in the Netherlands countryside, close to the German border, where she owns a small horse breeding-farm.

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141 Responses to “How to Make It as a 40+ Model”

  1. April 27, 2019 at 12:58 pm, Tequila Simmons said:

    Im 40 and looking to model. Im very beautiful and dont look a bit 40.. And would love to join a modeling agency .

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  2. February 20, 2018 at 11:19 am, Beautifully Seasoned said:

    Hello everyone, I answered an modeling ad in Dallas TX at 38 yrs young. I did a photo shot and I myself was blown away. Some how or another I constantly think about on how far I would have been if I would have had the money for the pre photos to be given to modeling agency’s.
    During that time I was a single parent raising 3 children, which now my son has graduated from college now and I am so wanting to do this at my seasoned age of 45yrs now…. Please help and I am so open for all advise.

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  3. January 09, 2018 at 2:34 pm, Laura Diaz said:

    Great article!!

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  4. July 16, 2017 at 4:20 am, Circle of Life KARMA said:

    Female models will always be more in demand if they arevery good looking, have perfect skin and hair, a figure ‘in proportion’ and most of all be YOUNG. Older models are used and agencies do list them – but people like to look at beautiful, young models, that is why a girl of 20 will be used in an advert for anti wrinkle cream. Nuts, but unfortunately true.
    Plastic surgery on older people is fine but all it looks like is an older person with good surgery. A 40/50 year old with excellent sugery is still 40/50 years old, never 20.

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  5. January 07, 2017 at 6:44 pm, Tunisia Seals said:

    How can I get started

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  6. May 29, 2016 at 1:57 pm, Denise Wootan Garcia said:

    This morning was the first time it hit me I would Love to do inspiring for women my age to look and feel their best ever whatever age you are. I don’t like to talk numbers I have a very young fresh vibrant spirit, love fashion, beauty and radiating from within.. Yes slightly over 50..tough to say out loud. I want to be proud of it not embarrassed to say.. I want to help with the age stigma and just see women as beautiful and amazing age having nothing to do with it!!! Any suggestions how to start.. I am SO ready to break through to be the real me not kept in a box society has placed.. Thank You!

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  7. January 31, 2016 at 12:54 pm, Dongha Gaskin said:

    Where do I start? Being a model is always in my mind. I’m over 40 and still have the look and I feel very confident about myself.

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  8. January 18, 2016 at 11:36 am, Sharon Powell said:

    I have had 2 professional portfolio’s done and a web page set up. Registered with star now and keep applying for all different posts. Not getting any answers. Can any one help

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  9. December 02, 2015 at 5:05 pm, Ed said:

    Hello. I do not mind a mature woman as a model. I think there is beauty in all ages of women. I shoot many nudes and have photographed a few nude models in their 40’s and up. .My only pet peeve is breast implants. I am not a fan.

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  10. October 05, 2015 at 3:47 pm, Momolala said:

    What kind of shoots can I do in my late thirties, early 40s? I’m only (barely) 5’8.”

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  11. September 18, 2015 at 5:58 am, Olivia said:

    I am 40 and would like to take up this opportunity as I feel I have the potential to become a role model for many women who are at my age giving up. What can I do to start.

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  12. August 23, 2015 at 3:44 am, Nicola said:

    Hi Maria, how did you go about finding a reputable photographer to take your intial shots to commence buiding your portfolio? Thanks, Nicola.

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  13. July 06, 2015 at 4:45 pm, Kathy Jean said:

    Thank you for your insightful and inspiring article.
    MM#23554

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  14. April 08, 2015 at 9:09 am, tracy Lynn Tucker said:

    Thanks for posting! I have been wanting to model for years! I’m 49 and now going to Salk out this dream of mine! I would like tips on were to join “forums” and what else I should be doing. I’m in the process of booking a photographer ladies I would absolutely love any feed back you could provide me with! God bless! Love to all!

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  15. March 18, 2015 at 12:32 pm, Rose Stewart said:

    I am 45 and i am interested in modeling. I live in Texas and a lot of people tell me I look like I am in my 20’s early 30’s. I have no idea of how to get started can anyone help?

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  16. March 18, 2015 at 12:24 pm, Rose Stewart said:

    I am

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  17. February 26, 2015 at 7:22 am, Aaron Marcus said:

    I really like your ideas and the way you approach the industry. The reality is that there is more work available in the commercial industry for people in the mid-late 20’s-40’s than in other age categories. Most of the commercial ads are casting people who can believably portray the young college grad, someone who just got engaged, the doctor, mom, dad, teacher, banker, stock broker taking a break at a coffee shop etc…

    Also, don’t forget about thinking of doing a shot or two where you don’t look beautiful. There are so many pharmaceutical ads where people look ill. They have a headache, flu, allergies, pulled hamstring, etc…

    I am more than happy to share my information and experiences with others. Feel free to visit my site http://www.howtomodel.com and you can read and watch many of my blogs and blog videos that will help you reach the success you desire.

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  18. February 24, 2015 at 11:08 pm, juanita wilson said:

    I have modelled in the past at age29 and took a modelling course at that time, and did a lot of fashion shows and such , but then went on to have my family and am now 56 and would like to update my portpholio, I walk and run and keep in great shape , what is the best way to get back into modelling again?

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  19. November 29, 2014 at 2:47 pm, Tammy O'Sullivan said:

    Thank you all for this input.
    As I am close to this age myself. I have tried to weigh up, do I keep pushing for Modelling jobs or do I just let go.
    Here in Australia it is very hard to get a look in due to age and high. I have notice that there are some changes in the industry, but is happening very slowly. But hopeful that one day we all can be shown we are able to do the same job as anyone else.
    If we network together and help each other this change could happen quicker.
    Thank you to all

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  20. November 25, 2014 at 2:06 pm, Anneke Morrens said:

    Hello dear everyone!
    I’m an over 50’s model from Belgium and loving it!
    I started modeling november 2011…so fairly recent.
    And today I am respected as ‘an older’ model.
    Greatings to all models, also those under 40!

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  21. November 25, 2014 at 6:53 am, Sienna Brown said:

    I have two portfolios on Model Mayhem. When I tried to only model for Lifestyle, Commercial and Fitness jobs, I was hardly booked. Nothing. As soon as I began modeling for Glamour, Fine Art, and Lingerie I started to book more jobs. I personally believe it is all about the individual and what kind of work they are pursuing.

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  22. October 21, 2014 at 7:40 pm, Sandra Regina Sampaio said:

    Hi, my name is Sandra Serban.
    I would like meet you.
    My email for contact, [email protected]
    I lieve in Hallandale Beach, FL, 33009
    I am personal treiner, coreography of balé contemporary.
    I love sport, I am from Brazil and I liver here of 3 yers and 6 month.
    Kisses for everything.

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  23. June 07, 2014 at 12:09 pm, Maria Pitt said:

    I want to become a model. I am 5ft 8″ tall and am a size 14. I am a confident 41 year old woman.

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  24. May 22, 2014 at 1:37 pm, Nancy Barr said:

    I’ve decided to join in and become a model. Ive always wanted to and I’m jumping in…..I’m 44….

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  25. April 29, 2014 at 10:00 am, gloucesterright said:

    I guess I wouldn’t know where to begin, but would love to get my pics out there to start.

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  26. April 29, 2014 at 9:54 am, gloucesterright said:

    is it expensive to hire a photographer? anyone know of one in the new England, Massachusetts area?

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  27. December 14, 2013 at 11:07 am, joanne flynn said:

    I am seriously interested in becoming an older model. I am 51 and have aged very well, most people think I am in my 30s and are very surprised to learn that I have a daughter that is 34. I am 5,4 tall weigh 110 lbs, in good shape, I am a long distance runner and I work out with weights and bike. I live in Winnipeg Canada and would like help to get started into modeling.

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  28. December 09, 2013 at 7:50 am, Russell Hong said:

    What about us gents? I just turned 50 this year and people tell me I look like I’m in the 30 to 40 age range. The problem I see for me is that even though I’m 50 and going up for jobs that are ment for mature men who look their age I should be over looked because I look younger. Has anybody ran into this delema? If so, what was ur experience?

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  29. May 28, 2013 at 9:32 am, Wanda said:

    I am 45 and want to get back into modelling….how do I get started?

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  30. May 27, 2013 at 4:32 pm, Darcy Cupp said:

    As a 41 year old women just starting in this industry I can appreciate this article. I agree those 20 yr old girls have nothing on me. I’m in best shape of my life, and with age comes maturity. I truly believe we get better with age.

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  31. April 26, 2013 at 12:02 am, Sabrina said:

    Sabrina posted: I love hearing of older people persuing modeling. If you enjoy what you do it will show in your work no matter how old you ar…

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  32. April 25, 2013 at 11:51 pm, Sabrina said:

    I love hearing of older people persuing modeling. If you enjoy what you do it will show in your work no matter how old you are. I have thought many times that I was too old and then the right photographer proved me wrong. I still love being in front of a camara no matter how old I am. I say good for you and any other older model. Keep up the awesome and inspiring work.

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  33. April 24, 2013 at 11:48 am, Trace ʚϊɞ✩ ಌ said:

    THANK YOU so much for this article!~ I am 44 and have just recently gotten back into modeling after a 20 yr hiatus.. and i really like it..every shoot i get better and better!
    Thanks again and God Bless!

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  34. April 24, 2013 at 8:48 am, Debra Poulsen said:

    Thank you for the inspiration. My modeling career took off in my 40’s, Sometimes I want to give up and get a “real” job. At 44 that’s not going to happen! I love modeling, so I will continue to model until i croak. Model Mayhem has been an excellent forum for me! I have gotten so much work, and such great feedback. Thank you to all the photographers on here that make me feel so welcome, and fellow models ( like you ) who encourage me.

    This is such a fun field! Cheers to all!

    Ps Does anyone know a good modeling, or commercial agency in Los Angeles that represents my age group 40+? Thanks Sincerely,

    Debra Ann

    [email protected]

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  35. April 23, 2013 at 6:51 pm, Mike Pallas said:

    You look like a lotta fun at 40!

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  36. March 04, 2013 at 2:44 pm, jo said:

    hi am 43 and not camera shy my partner takes photos of me in ann summers wear i love the camera however my partner applied to luxe models and was a scam!!!!

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  37. February 17, 2013 at 6:48 pm, midwestmomof2 said:

    I’m 40 and have thought about modeling. Anyone know of any great photographers in the midwest that would help me start a portfolio?

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  38. January 22, 2013 at 11:18 am, Eddie DeMars said:

    I started commercial print modeling/background acting at the age of 52. (No experience) I’m now 58 and have done quite well for my self. I have agents in Mass, Maine, N.Y. & Canada. Done local and international T.V.,Film, and commercial/print ad work. I’m not saying it’s easy or everyone who try’s will be successful. It takes a lot of determination and work. I’ve portrayed Doctors, Congressmen, Mobsters, Dad, etc in print, commercial and movies. I attend workshops both on line and traveling to cities to attend. The thing is not to get discouraged. If you don’t get selected don’t take it personally. It’s not you.. It’s up to the client. If they like your look and your what their looking for good. If not no big deal. Move on to the next go see. I lost count on how many go sees I attended before landing a gigs. You have nothing to lose and everything to lose if you don’t at least give it a try. Always follow your dreams.. Good Luck…

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    • March 07, 2013 at 5:18 am, $18263862 said:

      You are so right and good luck with the next casting ! Whats your portfolio here?

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    • March 09, 2013 at 3:53 am, atlcharm said:

      Hi, do you mind sharing how you got started at 52?

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  39. December 14, 2012 at 2:39 pm, Curt Bailey said:

    I am a male model over 40 with experience in artistic modeling at the Art Students League, & other major art schools in NYC.
    6′ and 145 pound Karate Black Belt in excellent shape. Great muscle definition and control.
    Please contact me at your earliest convenience.

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  40. November 30, 2012 at 8:45 pm, christina rowland said:

    wow this site is cool. Im 34 and interested in modeling. Now I have a general idea of what to start out doing. how do you know a photographer is safe to go to though? just wondering! i would also be open to comments being sent to my email or facebook. im curious to learning more about becoming a model. [email protected] or http://facebook.com/christina.rowland1 (on facebook). many blessings to all. have a joyful week.

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  41. November 12, 2012 at 3:49 pm, Just wondering said:

    Why would you erase my question when it was legitimate one? I thought this blog was to inspire all of us. I don’t look my age is that a reason to hate on someone and erase their post or to give them actual advice on what market they would fit into. Or maybe I should just lie about my age and be done with it. Not all 40 yr olds look 40 and I think that’s something to be proud of, not envious of. All of us are different and have our own beauty whether we look our age or not. It’s all good and it’s all beautiful.

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  42. November 12, 2012 at 1:55 pm, Just a question said:

    I would like to know. I just turned 40 but look significantly younger and get carded for alcohol quite often. Due to my “ethnic” heritage and tan complexion i haven’t aged yet (no plastic surgery, just exercise, diet and good genes i guess). Some people think I’m in my mid to late 20’s so do I have to market myself as 40+ model since I don’t look it? I was approched by a couple of well known NY modeling agencies when I was younger because I am tall and slim.Where do I fit because no one believes I’m my age? People say I look like a beautiful 28 0r 30 yr old, which is nice but confusing when trying to market oneself.

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  43. September 11, 2012 at 3:22 am, trisha said:

    i want to go back to modelling i used to do this i am know 42 and have 5 boys who can i contact to go back to it parttime

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  44. September 06, 2012 at 9:32 pm, Gia Model said:

    Maria, fantastic article my friend. xoxo

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  45. August 17, 2012 at 11:09 pm, $18263862 said:

    Thank you modelmayhem for publishing this interview. A few months later; i got a lot of positive reactions and even jobs because of it. I am very proud to have become a rolemodel for the 40+ group and to help and support everybody, where-ever i can.
    Thank you all readers/supporters and model-friends as well, because it is a very rewarding feeling is to get positive comments/mails/reactions…. Maria

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  46. July 03, 2012 at 9:34 am, Jackie41 said:

    Hi,I would just like some advise,just read the above article,what an inspiration.
    Just want to know how I can get into modelling now,I’m 41 and still keep in shape and I have a decent figure for my age.I did a few bits of modelling years ago but would like to know what are the best places to apply.The nearest city for me is Manchester and Liverpool is pretty near too,although I don’t I don’t have a problem travelling.Any advice would be greatly appreciated.Thanks Jackie x

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  47. June 20, 2012 at 6:36 pm, Leah said:

    I applied some time ago now to a few companies who were looking for Face Models as this was what i was interested in doing. I received some amazing feedback and they were very interested.
    For me right now it is just about finding the time to get back to them as i lead such a busy life. I would dearly love to pursue this. I am 54 (55 in October) but am constantly told i do not look a day over 35. I am still lucky enough not to have a single wrinkle lol. Must be a gift!
    Would welcome any tips/advice anyone has to offer regarding Face Modelling…..

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  48. April 22, 2012 at 10:15 pm, atlcharm said:

    very inspirational!  Thanks

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  49. January 25, 2012 at 9:19 pm, Shl2466 said:

    I am 45 yrs old and got into modeling after doing a boudoir shoot strictly for myself, since I was turning 45. After i saw the unedited high and low res images, I was shocked that I could look so good so, luckily, the photographer that shot me used to be a model and also managed models as well as was a casting agent. I asked her about the marketability of someone “my age” and she told me there certain was a demand for my age demographic. She told me to upload some images (unedited) onto OMP and see what happens.

    Well, that was the start. I started receiving a ton of msgs from photographers that wanted to shoot with me but the prob was that I was getting a ton of porn offers and creeps since I had “shoot nudes” marked. I rec’d the most bizarre requests from amateur photogs that wanted to shoot porn although not all of them thought their project was porn. I also shot with a photographer who was worse than an amateur and never rec’d my edited images. I had a lot of bad experiences but also some good ones.

    I went on to register for Model Mayhem and, again, the messages were flying in. In fact, I am still trying to get thru them all. It took some time to weed thru the ones that were bogus, come-ons and just ppl welcoming me to MM but i did receive some shoot requests from some good photographers.

    The one thing I hear all the time from photographers that msg me is that they think Im gorgeous but just not working with the right photographers; that in fact, Im working with pure amateurs. Now, the question is do they just want my money or is what they are saying true or both?? I definitely need to build my port so I have no probs working tfcd, however, I have since taken off shooting nudes for tf. I will NOT do that; it must be paid.

    I have also been on shoots where the photographers port has blown me away and I got so excited that they wanted to work with me as tf when they specifically said “no tfs” that I jumped at the chance. During the shoot, I was told that they were going to take images that were going to stand out so much that I would have alot more professionals knocking on my door rather than the amateurs I had been working with. Needless to say, after I rec’d my images nothing jumped out at me and none of my images even remotely compared to the quality of this photographers work on his port, not to mention he didnt even post any of my images on his port. Idk what that was all about but I have learned that I need to develop thick skin in this industry as that was quite hurtful to me and to make matters worse, the model he shot the day after me, was posted on his port.

    It is tougher for women our age to get modeling jobs since we are competing against the younger ones but what we can bring to a shoot is maturity that these young girls cant and we wont flake on the photographers like these younger girls so often do. Yes, their skin is nicer and has less flaws than ours but every photographer should know how to shoot models of all ages, shape, size, color, etc. There are no excuses and photoshop can do wonders.

    Ive only started modeling since early November but i am driven 100% and strive to be the best model I possibly can be. I bring alot of fun to my shoots as well as maturity and I take direction well. If any photographer is interested in working with me, please contact me via MM. I am also on OMP. I believe in giving 100% and I expect the same in return however, I admit, I have alot to learn and am willing to do so but I have learned something new from each shoot I have been on.

    We 40+ models are what today’s industry should be about. We have what it takes and can bring alot more than just looks and good skin to our shoots. I take good care of myself and I dont look my age, which is a major plus for me in this industry.

    Feel free to contact me if you have viewed my port and would like to work with me or if you would like to give me advice. I am open-minded. My name on MM is listed as SamanthaL

    Thank you and best of luck to all!!!!

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    • August 17, 2012 at 2:10 pm, Melanieana said:

      Thank you for sharing – I was very interested as your experience is the same as mine – or well, similar. I don’t know how to find you – but I will look. Can you list your MM number or state/country
      Thanks, M

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  50. December 09, 2011 at 2:31 am, DigitAl Photographix said:

    Hooray! A model with the class and charisma who understands that it is not all about youth . . . beautiful youth. Yes, a place for a late-starter who has really done her homework, her research! Your thoughts and enthusiasm speak wonders of the talent within . . . that complements your gorgeous physicality. Thanks for sharing with the MM community!

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  51. December 07, 2011 at 10:54 pm, Yrichbj said:

    I want to thank you for this post! As I enter the age of 30 I had begun to think that all hope is gone for the modeling industry. But your story helps me to realize that it only happens if you put forth the effort and that is at any age.

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  52. November 29, 2011 at 7:34 pm, ralanscott MM #2125874 said:

    I found your article and gave it a read.

    I think you did an excellent job of it.

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  53. November 21, 2011 at 4:59 pm, Mac Davis said:

    Wonderful article Maria! Being a 47 year old MALE MODEL I can fully appreciate the time you took to share your story.

    Mac Davis
    http://www.modelmayhem.com/2700

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  54. November 21, 2011 at 4:21 pm, Step Above Studios said:

    So many models over 40 or almost 40 that are responding I love it. I have been working with models for more than 7 years now and I have a very good portfolio already. I have professional studio lighting and even a boudoir studio set up. I can even shoot outdoors as I love both.

    Any models in my area who are responding here I will shoot TF because I love models over 40. Here is a link to my profile on MM

    http://www.modelmayhem.com/210934

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  55. November 21, 2011 at 4:06 pm, Anonymous said:

    Great article Maria, easy to read & straight to the point from experience! -NeoRacer

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  56. November 21, 2011 at 11:19 am, Tammidvs said:

    I just turned 42 may 21st…Just got out of a 15 year marrage…Im new 2 all of this, I have a great positive personality & wonderful energy…I feel good 4 my age,,If anyone out there needs a erotic ,cute but fun 42 year young female,,please call me ~469~443~2450

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  57. November 21, 2011 at 2:47 am, Madsy said:

    i have always heard that older models take it more serious, a lot of photogs have told me that

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  58. November 20, 2011 at 10:34 pm, Hills Misty said:

    You look great and more power to you …I am over 40 as well ….love Modeling but more the Lingerie Type.

    Misty

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  59. November 20, 2011 at 4:06 pm, Vincent said:

    As far as over 40s go, I’ve yet to work with one that didn’t put any 20yo to shame. Better attitude and understanding.

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    • September 06, 2012 at 9:30 pm, Gia Model said:

      Thank You for that comment. I am a vegetarian, and I work out on a regular. I do a lot to take care of myself. Inside and out.

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  60. November 20, 2011 at 10:29 am, Elmo Love said:

    The point about posting professional photos to social media is KEY! Young models often have terrible photos on their facebook especially. Seeing oneself as a brand is essential to any level of success. My one experience with an over 40 model was one who lied in her profile and said she was 35. Silly, but I just went ahead and made her look 35. All of the fantasies are quite beautiful to me, so I don’t mind if old wants to play young or vice versa. For paid work, I think ALL models should have professional, but un-retouched photos in their portfolio, or available upon request. An “unedited” jpeg is the new Polaroid.

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  61. November 20, 2011 at 5:08 am, BellaVista said:

    Thank you so very kindly for sharing your experiences, strenghts and hope!!! You are truly an inspiration. I did my first shoot ever last weekend at age 41, not nervous at all but carrying the attitude that its all just for fun while feeling doubtful that it would ever go anywhere. The shoot went very very well, with absolutely beautiful images coming from it for a first timer. When I read what you have shared, my doubts may be unrealistic and fear based. You have helped me more than you know. I got a call today from a photographer in Los Angeles who saw me on another site and has a project that he would like me to participate in……..you just never know, think happy thoughts, and you will fly, think shit and shit you will recieve. I will be doing another fashion shoot tomorrow and super excited to share with you all the images taken. Ready to work hard and reach goals. Thank you again, you are a true inspiration and role model.

    Kind Regards,

    Kim

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  62. November 19, 2011 at 4:44 pm, Suzy Monty said:

    I am still modelling lingerie and swimwear and indeed Art nude at age 60. Have stayed in great shape through country and coastal walking. Have been told time and time again I don’t look my age….so who cares about the numbers written on a birth certificate. I know my limitations, but whilst photographers still want to book me, then that’s great. I have a great deal of modelling experience, am reliable and photographers tell me I could teach the younger models a thing or two about posing. Don’t hide one’s age..be proud of it. I am…

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  63. November 19, 2011 at 4:05 am, guest said:

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. Very inspirational! As a 30+ model sometimes I get bummed out wishing I was still in my 20’s. It is awesome to hear that there are still agencies wanting to hire more mature women. I will be proud of my age experience physique and beauty as a 30+ model from now on and move forward with ambitious but realistic aspirations as a model.

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  64. November 19, 2011 at 3:29 am, Lw14002 said:

    I’m in my 40s, almost 50, and am enjoying my modeling experiences now. I’ve been paid for some but have done a lot of TF and really had a great time! It’s great to have someone affirm my modeling ambition in my 40s!

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  65. November 18, 2011 at 11:14 pm, Emma181111 said:

    I think its wonderful to see models in their 40’s at present I am 21 , and am always thinking about age , age, age , it should not be about age , age does not determine how a person looks, if you look after your skin and your body, it can look pretty amazing in its 40’s we need to get the modeling industry to understand that, don’t ask age, just go by looks and personality , I would like to think when im 40 I will be able to do modeling.

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  66. November 18, 2011 at 8:31 pm, Imagineers said:

    I need to show this to all the more mature ladies of my acquaintance.

    thank you for such an inspiring article

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  67. November 18, 2011 at 3:36 am, Sophie LaRae said:

    I am glad to see other older models on here.

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  68. November 07, 2011 at 3:37 am, Anonymous said:

    At 48, I just started this year and this is very inspiring to me. I have 4 grown boys and adopted my daughter. I think she keeps me young and I have great genes.

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  69. October 29, 2011 at 11:24 pm, Stephmoreno011968 said:

    Wonderful reading! I’m 43 & really want to get into modeling for the fun of it!!!

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  70. October 28, 2011 at 9:30 pm, sandie said:

    How nice to read that people want to photograph over 40 models, i am 50 and have been modeling for 4 years and love it, i would love to get more shoots. any one no where to go!

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  71. October 27, 2011 at 8:54 pm, Demetriakelly76 said:

    beautiful!

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  72. October 24, 2011 at 3:16 pm, Ken Edgar Photography said:

    Great article Maria, love it.

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  73. October 24, 2011 at 2:43 pm, Within Two said:

    How coincidental this article is. I have been doing some photos of/with my partner; we are both mid 50s. I am amazed by what we have taken and thoroghly enjoyed the challenges a more mature and full bodied model brings. My partner is thinking of doing more modelling (she used to life model in her teens). Does she have what it takes (have I done her justice)? If I might ask; check out http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/25504308 or http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/25506690 and let me know (comment on pic).

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  74. October 24, 2011 at 1:47 am, Loxxybrown said:

    I am sooo glad you wrote this article! I am over 40 as well and I would love to find work. I do not know where to begin really. Commercial is definitely where I am leaning towards.

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  75. October 24, 2011 at 1:41 am, Laura said:

    I am a 44 yr old grandmother of 4 and I have 2 beutiful daughters…I started modeling about a year in half ago…I love it…I did alot of tf shoots and casting calls…Now I am on a reality tv show…Called MODELWANNABE…and I am the oldest on the show… I have also been doing paid photo shoots for awhile now…40+ women are beautiful and I am happy to say I soon will be 45 yrs old…and I am praying and hoping that my dream only gets better…I love the challenge and I hope that every women out there that wants to try modeling…GO FOR IT !!! just take care of yourself…I have eaten an apple for breakfast for the last 3 yrs and I drink water everyday all day long…and don’t forget to walk for at least 30-45 mins a day if not every other day…I have done all these things for the last 3 yrs and I feel great and look great for my age…good luck to all of you with a DREAM…

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  76. October 23, 2011 at 9:02 pm, Tonykopy said:

    I love working with 40 plus models,I’ve painted all ages from 16 to 62,and found,on the whole, 40 plus are more aware of what’s required, are less demanding,less full of themselves,more helpful and generally more professional.( apologies to all younger models who DO turn up when required)

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  77. October 23, 2011 at 5:42 pm, Anonymous said:

    Thank you all very much for the wonderful comments! I would love to see your portfolios and lets be each others inspiration….
    Thank you MM for publishing this article.

    Maria

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    • November 21, 2011 at 4:06 pm, Anonymous said:

      Becus ur so talented, beautiful & genuine!:) -Neo

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  78. October 23, 2011 at 2:39 pm, Step Above Studios said:

    One thing that you say goes for every model wanting to do better, to have a great portfolio, make money modeling “I did a lot of TFP and free work for photographers, while always focusing on creating a good portfolio. I worked hard, drove many miles, and had both good and bad experiences.” It is so sad that so many models have a few poorly taken pics taken by some pervs who say they look great and get comments by other pervs that say they look great so after maybe a few months they want to do Paid Work Only and wonder why they never get the great pics of them. I have seen model who say that they have been modeling for more than 7 years and yet when you look at their portfolio it is so amateurish. If more models had your drive, worked hard on goals like you have there would be so many more great portfolios on MM.

    I for one love mature models over 35 and I wish that more of them would come to me. I wish that more of them would realize that working tf with a photographer is about building the best portfolio possible before they move on to getting paid work. Even after more than 7 years as a photographer working with models from MM and OMP I still love shooting tf with models.

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    • October 23, 2011 at 11:08 pm, kdd said:

      I am 44, and very interested in a shoot-I am also a makeup artist so no problem there—I am new to this, so help me along…[email protected]. More info later if necessary….Thank you…. kdd

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      • October 23, 2011 at 11:25 pm, Step Above Photography said:

        Sent you an e-mail. Hopefully we are close. I am “always” open to helping out models. For anyone else Im in the Inland Empire near Los Angeles Ca. All I ask is that you are serious and do not flake. Together we can create amazing pics for your portfolio and I will do it TF>

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        • April 15, 2012 at 4:45 am, Candice said:

           Hi
          I am interested in becoming a model. I think the thought has come to me because for many years people keep telling me i look 20 years younger. I am now 54. When i tell people my age they are shocked and they say i look 30 years old max. I was even asked a few months ago for ID in a Tesco superstore lol.. I couldnt believe it!

          I would love to do face modelling especially. Any pointers in the right direction would be massively appreciated.

          Thank

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          • October 19, 2015 at 3:17 pm, Bertha Lindsey said:

            Hi
            I am also 54 and indeed look amazing. It’s truly a blessing!. Although, I do have modeling experience including the runway. I still have a desire and passion to be behind the camera. I am seeking modeling agencies that will give me another chance to prove that I can make a difference. Any suggestions?

          • October 19, 2015 at 3:20 pm, Bertha Lindsey said:

            Hi
            My email address is [email protected]
            Seeking modeling agencies. Photography modeling etc…….

        • May 24, 2015 at 10:27 am, lorna cabahug said:

          Hi! I am 43 years old. I am very much interested to be a model. Could you pls send me a site or a name id school where I can train to be a model.

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        • June 26, 2017 at 4:21 pm, Veggirl said:

          Hi. I am 47 and my kids are now grown. I’ve gotten interested in modeling; I did acting in my younger days. Please email me with info. on who I should contact. I am in the Inland Empire. Thank you so much for your help.

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    • October 24, 2011 at 4:16 pm, H Wright569 said:

      I am 37 and have started modelling again after many years of being wife and mother. it’s taken some time to get everything polished and have learnt alot about myself. But mainly my friends and family along with my husband and children are so proud of a mum who is
      Flying the flag for older models. X

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    • June 20, 2012 at 5:32 pm, dar said:

      I am in my 40’s and I did some modeling years ago. I would love to get back into it and definitely need some photos!! Could you post your email contact? I would appreciate it! I live in Los Angeles. Thank you.

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    • August 17, 2012 at 2:03 pm, Melanieana said:

      Nice thoughts – hope you will look over my port. Melanieana on MM, from Delaware, 48

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    • April 06, 2014 at 3:01 pm, Yvette Rodriguez said:

      This is one of the best articles I’ve read regarding older models. How can I get in contact with the photographer who is giving out this wonderful info? Are you still around and are you near L.A.? Thanks for the information and encouragement.

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  79. October 23, 2011 at 2:49 am, Smiley said:

    Wow! just as I was about to hang up my birthday suit this article comes along. Everyone says how beautiful I am and what a great body, but no one ever hires me. I thought maybe makeup artistry is where I should stay. At 48 and 4 kids later, you inspired me to keep on going.

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  80. October 22, 2011 at 6:47 pm, Fathearn said:

    I much prefer working with older models. The young one seem to have attitudes that are not very appropriate for a “professional” model. The older models have seen life and are much more easy to work with.

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  81. October 22, 2011 at 5:39 am, ConnieB said:

    I am also a 40+ model and found this article refreshing. Thank you for sharing!!

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  82. October 22, 2011 at 4:22 am, Anonymous said:

    I wish there were more mature models…

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  83. October 22, 2011 at 2:49 am, Matt said:

    Bravo!

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  84. October 21, 2011 at 4:44 pm, Crimson Reign said:

    Amen and hallelujah! From one 40 year old model to another. I started at 35 after being placed on disability. Now at 40, I am doing more workshops and photo shoots of an artistic nature and I love it. Yes, we hear the word “No” more often, but I never get discouraged. I gracefully thank them for their time and consideration and move on to the project. I am always learning from and networking with my fellow younger models and every photographer I work with. Keep up the awesome work!

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    • October 21, 2011 at 6:17 pm, Erykah Lynn said:

      You and I have a similar story. I’m a year younger and have been placed on disability and I like to keep moving on to the next as well……This is a great way to feel great about yourself and feel like you are working very hard every day no matter what your income!!!

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  85. October 21, 2011 at 3:25 pm, Diane said:

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing your courageous story. I plan on taking that trip along a similar path. Thanks for the encouragement. 🙂

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  86. October 21, 2011 at 12:13 pm, Susanthorn9 said:

    So awesome!

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  87. October 20, 2011 at 8:53 pm, Gregg said:

    I’ve done commercial print ad modeling as a 40+ male model and the clothes I modeled were for men my age. So yes, there is work out there for older models, both male and female models. But like you said, lingerie or fitness type modeling is not realistic for older models.

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  88. October 20, 2011 at 8:44 pm, Erykah Lynn said:

    Truly amazing!!! An inspiration to me as I am starting out at the age of 34 with out children. I am literally busting my butt at the gym 6 days a week. I am also happy you said “Do it when you want to”. Excellent advice and I hope I can be where you are one day. I also handle rejection real well as I have been scouted before and it just wasn’t for me at the age of 17. Thanls so much for shedding light on this topic as it gives me even more gusto to succeed!!!!

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  89. October 20, 2011 at 7:15 pm, Annet said:

    Hi Sweet Maria,

    Great Blog!
    You are a wonderfull and good model, i know that because we worked together in a business shoot 🙂

    Keep up te good work!

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  90. October 20, 2011 at 6:13 pm, Thom said:

    Hope this works for guys 40 and over

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  91. October 20, 2011 at 5:58 pm, Melissa Weist said:

    Hi, I am 41 and just started Photoshoots in June this year, I made a lot of Progress , and i love being in front of the Camera, Never thought i would make it as model, I have 3 Children and I am married. But i look younger than what i am. I’m so glad that someone else is out there my age doing this, And I am looking forward to going a Long way in the Modeling Industry. I just wish i could have started this in my younger years. But my first Appointment is coming up with Barbizon this Saturday, So excited. I would really like to go for Print work, Fashion And Runway. That’s my Dream. Good luck to you and wish you all the best 🙂

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  92. October 20, 2011 at 5:55 pm, Sandy said:

    I’m always modeling..I turn 40 in a few months. Take good care of your body, eat right.. (I’m veggie 39 years)..Don’t do drugs, don’t smoke, take supplements, get beauty treatments if needed.. Botox and fillers get rid of the signs of aging if needed..Sleep is a big factor.. They call it “Beauty Rest” for a reason. Keep your weight age appropriate. You cant be a waif at 40 or above, it makes you look aged. Some curves are sexy and muscle is key to keep you youthful. Stress, forget about it…Find a way to release your stress. Dancing keeps stress away for me. Anyway, some of the Hottest women I have ever seen are 40+ you know why??? 40+ women are confident and are smart enough not to be out partying and putting chemicals into their bodies like 20 year old girls I see.

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    • August 17, 2012 at 2:04 pm, Melanieana said:

      Are you on MM – what is your portfolio number? Thanks 🙂 M

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  93. October 20, 2011 at 1:30 pm, Aphroditepure said:

    Thank you so much for these encouraging words. I am 44 and I’m just embarking on this adventure. I also am a mother of two and am trying to break into this 40+ model thing! I will definately take some of the advice you have offered here. Thanks again!

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  94. October 20, 2011 at 9:03 am, michelle lintel said:

    Hello,
    Thank you!! WOW!! Your beautiful and an inspiration!! I was reading the other comments back to you from MM members and they were great…I am 42 just getting back into it and I love all the positive attitudes here on MM. I agree with being your age and owning that. BY embracing that, knowing and loving who you are on the inside, you will radiate that on the outside. You seem to have that down! Best of Luck to you and all the beautiful 40+ Models out there doing it! I LOVE IT!!!!! Thanks Again..
    Michelle

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  95. October 20, 2011 at 8:22 am, Tom Rinard said:

    Awesome article Maria!!!! You know I am a fan and I always admire all of your work. I think that you are so gorgeous and such a mentor for others!!!! We definitely need more mature women discovering themselves!!! You have always impressed me!!!

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  96. October 20, 2011 at 4:28 am, Miss Kathy Jean said:

    Thank you for writing this article.
    Best, Kathy
    47 (October 16, 1964)

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  97. October 20, 2011 at 2:47 am, Donald Schwartz said:

    It’s all about knowing your instrument and feeling comfortable with who you are and how you see yourself. This asset is often the province of older women.

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  98. October 20, 2011 at 1:26 am, john slade said:

    the way i see it, women are beautiful no matter what their age. there shouldn’t be anything to hold a woman back least of all her age. and as long as they feel good about themselves they should keep on modeling. the easiest way for a 40 plus model to make is to get out there and go at it. any 40 plus models reading this send me a message and let’s start shooting…no i’m not trying to round up business here. just showing how easy it is…

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    • February 03, 2012 at 9:20 pm, Lisachapman1112 said:

      abosolutely im interested

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    • August 17, 2012 at 2:05 pm, Melanieana said:

      Where are you located?

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    • October 09, 2012 at 7:24 pm, Deean said:

      I am very interested in modeling. i am 45 and people always say they can’t believe it. I just don’t know where to start.

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  99. October 19, 2011 at 11:28 pm, Alfredo said:

    I always said! nothing is impossible in life! ….. all what you do not want to happen! always goes !!…. everything just as you want to happen …. also can become reality! and you are one of the best example! proud of you! succes !!! you gonna make it

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  100. October 19, 2011 at 9:57 pm, Suzymae Howard said:

    Rock on, lady! 🙂 Thank you for the inspiration.

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  101. October 19, 2011 at 8:37 pm, Bmason1015 said:

    Finally, an older model speaking about acting your age. I get so tired of seeing 40+ models wearing totally inappropriate wardrobe for their age. The vast majority of older models are trying to relive their youth instead of embracing reality.

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    • April 25, 2013 at 5:41 pm, cutaway5 . said:

      Hmmm…if the photog is PAYING the model to “dress inappropriately,” why criticize her? also, re: ” As for being realistic, no agency or client wants a 40 year old for a high fashion or lingerie shoot, unless you are really famous or a brand-face model.” The writer states this rather condescendingly and then POSTS A PHOTO OF HERSELF MODELING LINGERIE! haha! Is she famous? I have never seen nor heard of her. I guess that rule is just for the rest of us old girls…

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  102. October 19, 2011 at 8:32 pm, dcsmooth said:

    I work with many over 40 models, in fact one is 59 and specializes in fine art nudes. She still models often for artists and photography students doing college assignments. That is indeed an entire different world but one that is very rewarding to both the model and the photographers and artists she works with.

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    • November 22, 2011 at 5:07 am, Sonia said:

      There are some beautiful models in the Bay Area Models’ Guild over 40, including myself. I have always embraced age and am very proud to be “older” and in charge of my career. I think we tend to be more professional than a lot of younger models too.

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      • September 13, 2012 at 3:21 am, Naina said:

        liked ur inspiration dear ..can u help me out to get some opportunity ..i m 33 yrs ..email [email protected] pls revert. me

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    • August 17, 2012 at 2:04 pm, Melanieana said:

      I am finding hard to connect with other models my age – would you send over some port #’s you have worked with that would like to share? Thanks, Melanieana, 48

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    • March 04, 2017 at 1:10 am, audrey said:

      What if i do not live in the area? Then what?

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  103. October 19, 2011 at 6:37 pm, Quick6953 said:

    I enjoy working with models in their 40’s and over, they don’t have the attitudes of some of the younger models. And some of them even have a great body for lingerie and nudes. They don’t all have to be a perfect 10. I have worked with some 40yo’s that would put a 20yo to shame.

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    • December 04, 2013 at 4:42 am, Katherine Cota said:

      Good Morning,
      Hello,…Do you hire models in their 40’s? i am always being told that I should model but i am in my 40’s and i am starting my search today. If you are can you give me any advice?

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    • October 01, 2015 at 10:41 pm, BLACTACULAR said:

      Hello, I’m 42, I will be 43 in Nov and I’m 5′ 10 3/4 “. I am looking to get back into modeling. I haven’t figured out how to do it or where to start at this age. How would I go about setting up a meeting with you to see if I should even consider doing it again at this age?

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    • October 03, 2015 at 2:13 pm, Brooke Marn said:

      All of us I guess are asking for a website where we can send pics.Professional and legit.

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      • September 09, 2016 at 9:48 am, Nicole said:

        Yes a legit place to be taken seriously.Hi I’m Nicole and used to be a model as a teen.I’m now 44 and after 4 children and proud of how I look!

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    • February 24, 2018 at 5:01 am, Kenny Kreeger said:

      I was chasing print work in my 20s but now I am 39 any recommendations on a agent I could check out?

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  104. October 19, 2011 at 6:23 pm, Sofia Colon said:

    Thank you for the encouragement and realistic tips.

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  105. October 19, 2011 at 6:02 pm, Jfiorephoto said:

    I have worked with numerous 40+ models and love shooting them! 🙂

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  106. October 19, 2011 at 5:56 pm, Nikol said:

    I’m starting at 38, and am so glad you posted this…I needed to hear some good advice and encouragement!

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  107. October 19, 2011 at 5:42 pm, Katarina - #1565152 said:

    More power to 40+ models! 🙂

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  108. October 19, 2011 at 5:41 pm, Phillip Ritchie said:

    really enjoyed reading this ,great positive post Maria, congratulations on your new carer ,

    phillip

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    • November 09, 2011 at 8:09 pm, Droopy_draws69 said:

      great to read this sort of stuff, i am 50 and been modeling for 4 years and luvvvvvvv it, so i say if you enjoy it, do it. i have a great pair of legs and would love to model for prettypolly or ann summers .

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