Interested in Modeling? It’s Not Too Late!

Kirin Chrisitanson and Deborah Boland

Top model Kirin Christianson and I at a conference.

If you’ve always wanted to be a model, but got busy along the way on this journey called life,  it’s not too late to fulfill your modeling dream. Yes, really!!!

I have learned that there are thousands of modeling opportunities out there for women of all ages and sizes. You just have to pinpoint what type of model you should be (there are dozens of different types) and then tap into all the opportunities available.

That’s where a friend of mine, Kirin Christianson (The Red Haute Mama), comes in. Kirin and I know each other from many internet conferences we have attended. She’s beautiful gal and her story is fascinating.

With a lot of hard work and determination Kirin went from an insecure, gangly, red-headed girl to a sexy bombshell, a beauty pageant winner, businesswoman and top model.  She modeled for many years and at 37 she was signed to the prestigious FORD/Robert Black agency in Arizona where she lives. Now almost 40 Kirin has a glamorous and very busy life modelling, doing charity work, inspiring other women through her website and raising her lovely family. She is living the dream!

The most exciting part of Kirin’s story is that this sweet, generous gal is ready to help YOU fulfill  your dream to be a model. Kristin has developed a series of  three free high quality videos to educate you on the modeling business and teach you how to break into this very competitive field.

I have just watched video 1 and, let me tell you, this video is jam-packed full of fantastic information that will help you break into the modeling field no matter what your age or stage of life. I’m impressed!


Kirin opens her Bombshell Bootcamp Online Modeling Academy  May 1st.  Until then she invites you to watch 3 FREE videos about modeling to learn whether modelling is right for you, to answer your questions about the biz, and to help you determine what type of model you should aim to be based on your unique look.

Do I sound excited? I am! That’s because so many of you have written asking me for help and up until now, I had no place to send you. This is what you have been looking for!

Go ahead and Sign up here to watch Kirin’s 3 FREE videos on How to Be  Model. They are really worth watching even if you don’t want to model, but just want to look like one.

Have fun! This could be a major turning point in your life!



Fab 40 Readers Model Their Favorite Boots

brown wedge bootie

These suede wedge booties add a modern edge to a casual outfit.

Wearing booties or boots is an easy way to add some instant sex appeal after 40. Check out these street chic photos from readers in their favorite footwear, and send in a photo of your own.

Ana’s Take on How to Wear Booties

Ana prides herself on donning head to toe fashions that are made in the United States. Her super cute wedge booties are no exception.

They’re made from a beautiful brown suede which gives them a rustic feel and makes them work really well with distressed boyfriend jeans and a cozy hand knit sweater. The wedge heels are super comfy and give the booties a modern edge. [Read more...]

Modeling When You Are Over 40

Hi Deborah,

I am probably too old to feature on your blog. I am 66,have long hair and for the first time when I was 64 entered and won a model competition to go on catwalks with footballers.


This glam gal is a natural beauty!

Won another a couple of weeks later after submitting a recent photo. Last year was selected to represent Miss Germany in an International Pageant and came 2nd in the Mrs Commonwealth UK. Have had no cosmetic surgery or face filler etc to date.

To me age is just a number and I just make the most of what I have I am also a positive thinker and to me the best is yet to come.  Regards, Christyne

Thanks Christyne for sharing your story with me and no one is too old to be on my blog!

Many woman want to get into modeling after 40 and it sounds like you are having fun with it!

You say a few things that I like to point out:

  • “I have long hair” Your hair is a great length for you.  We love that you have a simple cut that shows off your healthy hair!
  • “Have had no cosmetic surgery or face filler etc to date.” You look amazing and are obviously a natural beauty!
  • To me age is just a number and I just make the most of what I have I am also a positive thinker and to me the best is yet to come.” This is the kink of attitude that serves you well!!  Good luck with your future! [Read more...]

Updating your Casual Wardrobe

woman over 40 thinking

It’s a struggle being comfy and casual but looking classy. How do you do it?

We get asked a lot of questions here at Fabulous after 40 and we find that one of the biggest things on readers’ minds seems to be, “What do I wear to look casual but classy over 40?

I thought I’d share with you what I (JoJami) plan to wear this fall to look relaxed, but polished.

A few months ago I mentioned that I had bought an Orange Jacket from BCBG.

Here is the BCBG jacket as shown on a model

Here is what it really looks like dressed down for casual:(JoJami is with over 40 model, Andrea Bond)

Here is the same jacket in real life!

Just adding a colorful jacket and bright scarf some dark wash jeans can help expand your casual wardrobe!

Finding Mature Models is Challenging

Hi Deborah,

If you are an over 40 site, why do you use such young models?

group of women over 40Hi Wendy,

I get this question all the time and I am  frustrated too… you see to there are just no photos of “real women” out there in current clothes that you can buy! I want to be able to show you things that you can go out and buy, but all the stores insists on using ultra young and super skinny models!

A few years back, I was excited to start working with a NYC modeling agency for women over 40, but they went out of business!

That is why I try to find women on the street photos, but it can be frustrating for our readers, since most of the time the outfits the women are wearing was purchased a last season and can’t be found now. [Read more...]

Want to Model? Here Is My Newest Success Story…

What are your big DREAMS?

I was so excited to get a note from one of my readers about how one of her dreams has come true! Andrea_bondAndrea Bond runs her own Real Estate business, but has had a lifelong dream to be a model. So, recently, after  I had blogged about Judy Goss and her book How to Be a Model No Matter What Your Age, Andrea took action. [Read more...]

How To Break Into Modeling

Judy-Goss-Founder-Over-40-FemalesI confess, I love to watch America’s Top Model. It’s so fun to see the girls in the glamorous and not so glamorous settings, and how they can be transformed from an awkward teen to a sultry vamp with some great hair, makeup and wardrobe.

There is a good chance that you know someone who either wants to be a model or wants their kids to model…but where do you go to get advice on the how, what and where of it all?

Meet Judy Goss, from  Over 40 Females . She’s also a former Ford model/agent and author of  How to Break into Modeling for Under $20.00. [Read more...]

MORE Visibility For Invisible Women

It’s hard to stay motivated to keep looking great when you feel like you are invisible. Let’s face it, past 40 there are very few role models out there representing mature beauty and style… no one to inspire us or make feel validated.woman-over-40

That’s why we’re thrilled that MORE magazine, the sole publication that celebrates women our age is runs their annual More 40+ model search. They’ve just come out with the finalists and these gals are fabulous-smart, beautiful and vibrant.

We love them all including Michelle Griffith Hilliard, a physician, wife, mother of six and a natural cover girl. Now there’s inspiration. She’s enough to shake any 40 plus woman out of a gloomy midlife crisis and motivate her to get going!

Reading over the profiles of these amazing women it is interesting to see that when asked, “If you could go back to your 25 year old self what would you say?”, all of these gals said basically the same thing.

Have faith in yourself, be confident, take chances, enjoy every moment. It’s something that seems so natural to us now, but be darned if we could have lived that message at 25 no matter how many times we were told it.

Thank goodness for this wisdom -  It’s the best gift of aging.