Modeling After 40 – It Can Be Done!

Andrea Bond 40+ model

Andrea has become a model at 40+

I’m so proud of my reader Andrea, who was inspired to pursue her lifelong dream of modeling by my friend Judy Goss.

Judy is the author of  Break Into Modeling for Under $20  and the founder of the networking group Females Over 40.

Well here is Andrea, gracing the covers of a Land’s End catalog, in all her fabulous after 40 glory!

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I think Andrea looks great, and is such an inspiration for women who want to start their career in modeling, but worry it may be too late. I’m always excited to see real women, as opposed to super tall, super skinny, teenage string beans modeling clothes meant for the masses.  The beauty industry seems to be starting to embrace mature models, thank goodness.

I encourage any woman with a dream to go after it! Here are a couple of photos of my reader, Lisa, who has always wanted to be a model.  Isn’t she gorgeous?  For a 44-year-old single mother of a college grad, she doesn’t look a day older than 25! I wish you the best of luck!

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  1. Rachel Harper says:

    Hi I’m Rachel
    I want start modeling now at 43. I look like I’m in my late 20’s. I have a great personality for modeling too. Where do I start?

  2. My age is 40 years old and I hope to find model job, it is my dream. people who i met in the street thought I am Naomi Campbell’s sister.

  3. Maria Ortiz says:

    I am 44 years old with 3 children 24,21&19 plus I’m a proud grandma. Every time I tell people my age no one ever believes me, then they comment “You should be a model because you seem not to would I begin. I’ve been a nursing assistant for over 18 years.

  4. Sharmaine Sylvester says:

    Hi my name is Sharmaine I am 49 years old I would like to be a model for make up and jewelry and donate to charity heart surgery and children with cancer thank you for your 40+ agency

  5. Valerie says:

    Hello Ms. Boland; My name is Valerie, I’m 45+ always wanted to get into modeling since I was a younger age, I get lots if compliments about my eyes, dimples and smile.I have a great/positive personality. I would appreciate it kindly, if you can give me any information on becoming a face/fashion model?

    Thank you; Valerie

  6. I’ve always wanted to be a model, but I never got the chance to. I had to drop out of high school, because I had a child who couldn’t walk. And then other things that happen so now I’m just a full time housewife. 52 years young and this is my life.

  7. laahawn figgins says:

    I’M 5`4 I weigh 130#
    I have two kids that are 24 & 22 yrs old.My dream is to become a face model or a fashion model…I been trying to find out where do I start and im lost because this I what I want to do

  8. I am very interested in becoming a model for clothing only…..I am 5 6 weight 150…very tall and beautiful…beautiful smile…very attractive….I’m also a very fun loving person and I love all the attention…I’m also hispanic born and raised in Tucson Az….I’ve lived in Phoenix since I was 12 years old….I’m also bilinqual.

  9. Ana Massa says:

    I would love to begin to do photo shoots or model…every day I get some telling me this..How can I begin this process..

    I truly appreciate your input

    Thank you Ana

  10. debbie cheetham says:

    Hi my name is debbie I am 48 very young looking so everyone keeps telling me would love to start a new career in modeling.

  11. sheri rix says:

    I’m seeking a modeling career at the age of 46. modeling was always my dream and now I want to pursue it.

  12. SHARON FORDHAM says:

    Hello, My name is Sharon and I want to start a modeling career. Can you get me some advice on how to do that?

  13. Shawn walker says:

    Please help me start my modeling career. I always wanted to be a model but I think I might be to short.

  14. maria leech says:

    hello AM 45 but dont look my age been told many times i look like nicole kidman .

    I keep myself fit buy weight training and walking my dogs for a hr each day

    Am 5=4 size10 33hips

    would like to model but dont know where to send photos to or is it better in person to see them has i think its great to meet in real life ? help

    • Hi Maria, Getting the chance to model at any age is difficult but at 45 it is even more so. Be careful of people that want to take your money and charge you for special photos or to be your agent. You don’t need anything but a simple photo of yourself in your everyday make up. True modeling agents can see from a simple photo and meeting you in person if they want to hire you or not. You sound beautiful, we wish you luck in your dream. A good good to read is on our website…How to start Modeling for Under $20.00 by Judy Goss. It’s a must read for anyone who wants to know how to move froward to try to fulfill their dream.

  15. Im in my 40’s.I. did a few modeling jobs in my tweenties.I had family commitment. Children husband, I let my dream go.I even went to patricia ray modoling school as a teenager.I would love to do modoling again.iv’e called places but they all say I’m too old.what??? Andrea is beautiful and if she has the guts to do it after 40 why can’t I ? I do not look my age.I’m fit active and probably have more energy than a tweenty year old. Where do I go to find modols over forty,who want assignments?? Nicole

  16. Good news for me. I am late 20s approaching 30 and I thought my ”pretty days” were coming to a nasty end. So much bull in society about women’s looks ”fading” after 25. Makes me SO SAD. kudos to all those who remain beautiful into middle age and beyond!

  17. alison partner says:

    my name is alison, im 46 blonde always happy, but would so love to do some modeling work before i get to old.
    I love the camera and im not shy infront of it either,
    I would love to here from you


  18. Sophia says:

    Hi I’m 46 and I’ve been refused in off licence and some night clubs because the way I look. I have 2 sons (men in my life) when me and my sons go out together, people would thinkthat we are boyfriend and girlfriend. Also when my son shout out “mummy”everyone would stare at me and say no way.

  19. Cindy Lee Garcia says:

    Hello My name is Cindy Lee, I am 40 + I love modeling !! Was going to go into the business when i was 17, but I had my first daughter, and mother hood took over. However I find myself wanting to pursue my dreams. I fill it, I love it, modeling makes me fill beautiful, i love runway and print. I am also a actress love drama & action, I am with IMDb and Linkedin, also explore talent by the way they have landed me 2 feature films and one short film in a year.
    I have modeled swim wear for Wilihmena also modeled wedding gowns for bridal shows and I have a shoot coming up in London this coming September modeling Asian wedding gowns. I have designer friends in New york, London and Bagdad, even California where I am from. I want to put myself out there. Not getting older just getting beter, you can log onto exploretalent and view my website under cindy412194 or just go to IMDb and will find many photos there as well. Hope to hear from you, I am so ready, even considering starting my own runway business

  20. Being a model after 40 sounds too good to be true. Any qualification? I am very petite ,only 5’3″ with 100 LB. Can I still be a model as a mature woman?

    • Hi Lei,
      There is a great book out by my friend Judy Goss, a formor Ford Model, How to get into modeling for under $20.00. The main message is that you should NEVER PAY anyone to let you model. You don’t need fancy pictures to get a job and more…. anyone can model if you have the looks , you just have to make sure you do it with legitimate organizations.

  21. Stephanie PIeretti says:

    Hi I’m 43 years old I look young for my age in would like to know about becoming a model I was telling my daughter I would like to be a model she said to me mom go for it that I look very nice for my age in would to find out where I can start

  22. Hello Everyone.I’m new on this site!!, VIVA !! BRAVO!! The fabulous women over passion for beauty was rooted in my heart since I was a small girl…Beauty is an anrt and beauty is my passion!!!, Later my passion became my business helping women and men keep their youthful looks…It is very possible to slow down the aging process with proper internal and external de-aging treatments….I just love the word anti-aging..LOL..I’m 52 years old and I do my best to represent the beauty of women over 40…50..
    The pictures on my website represents myself…Ladies, have a lovely, fantastic and blessed day!!!….

  23. michelle says:

    Sound great to start modeling late…. well without any lies, I am 40years, I have 2 children and I look realy young. So where and what is the name of this agency? :)

    • HI Michelle,
      There seems like the over 40 modeling agencies are popping up all over. Also, More Magazine runs a competition every year and you have to be able to prove that you are at least 40 to enter! However, beware of scams. You should never have to pay anyone to sign you to a modeling contract. There is a small fee to enter the More contest (around $20.00) but we know that it is a legit contest. One more tip… you do not have to have expensive professional photos taken. Modeling agencies only need to see a few candid shots that you can have a friend take of you with minimum makeup. Don’t fall for those scams out there that charge you money for expensive photos or promise you easy fame and fortune! I wish you luck!

  24. IVY LEE says:

    Hi , I am interested in becomming a model .

    I am 39 yrs old and I am beautiful inide and out .

    Please let me know if you have any advice or direction .

    Thank you ,

    Ivy Lee

  25. VIRGINIA says:

    You have inspired me. I need to find a good photographer in NYC and get some headshots done.

    • Hi Virginia,
      I don’t have a reccomendation for you, but you might want to go google, Judy Goss, the author of “How to Break Into Modeling for Under $20.00” and ask her on her facebook page.She is lives in NYC and would know the answer for you. Good luck!

  26. If you work hard you will see results. I have been working hard to look and stay young for years. I am not perfect. Eat wrong things at times. The key is not being on a diet or being obsessed. The key is balance and making it a lifestyle. So I wonder if soooo many women that are 40 and older like myself work so hard we should have more opportunities to be photographed and model. My motto is it is a lot easier looking good in your teens, 20’s and 30’s. Try keeping it all together after 40…….Hope that we don’t give up………

  27. Women, we get older…..we have to work harder……we remember what it was like when we were younger…..we try to keep everything in and together. Men often look better as they age. Women want to feel they look better also. So we work out, try to eat right, but often the stresses of daily life, kids, families, divorce, finances, you name it take a toll. Women over 40 should be pursued more for modeling, not everyone is 25 and we want to feel beautiful and sexy even if we are older. Beauty is within and also what we make of it on the exterior. I work hard and have for years, but it still cannot erase lines……More women over 40 should be photographed we are a big part of the population and we are also more at ease in our own skin. By 40 if you don’t know who you are or where you are going……then look into the eyes of other women to see where they can take you and how they can help you. Would love to see the real deal at 40 plus……

  28. Would love to also see more older women featured in modeling. Wanted to point out that the RED MODEL MANAGEMENT agency in NYC actually closed it’s over 40 division. There are not enough older women being represented today. We will not give up, however. We will show the largest demographic out there what they want to see. OLDER MODELS ! Thanks for encouraging all the hopefuls out there!

  29. Sounds fun!! Not sure I am ready to do it but it sure sounds fun!

  30. Budget Chic says:

    I forgot to add, I wish they would feature more 40something models, I’m so tried of looking at 14 year old girl made up to appear older, marketing expensive designer clothing to 30+ and over women. Where is the real representation, instead of the blatant fraud these magazine perpetrate on their women readers using teenagers for cosmetic ads, apparel, etc.

    • Hi Budget Chic,
      I’m with you on your comment. I have absolutely NO place to find photos of women over 40 for our articles. There is a huge hole out there ready to be filled!

  31. Budget Chic says:

    WOW, Andrea looks like she is in her late twenties. Amazing! She looks incredible!

  32. YAY!!

  33. Hi Deneen,
    Welcome to my site. Yes, I love accessories!

  34. Thank you for inspiring all of us that we can look fabulous at any age. I’m so glad the agencies are becoming more open to mature models. We have a lot of disposible income and will pay more for quality. Some of today’s trends I wouldn’t be caught dead in!!! As a independent rep for a jewelry company, I’m especially excited that accessories have such importance in showcasing our style and personality without having to struggle to find age appropriate fashions.