Supermodel on a Bus Pass; AFTER WORKING BEHIND THE SCENES IN ADVERTISING FOR 30 YEARS, SILVER-HAIRED 61-YEAR-OLD COMES OUT TO SHINE; Mum Has Britain's Biggest Brands Lining Up to Use Her in Their Fashion Campaigns

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Supermodel on a Bus Pass; AFTER WORKING BEHIND THE SCENES IN ADVERTISING FOR 30 YEARS, SILVER-HAIRED 61-YEAR-OLD COMES OUT TO SHINE; Mum Has Britain's Biggest Brands Lining Up to Use Her in Their Fashion Campaigns


Byline: Heather Greenaway

It took 61-year-old Shayne Brodie until retirement before she made it as a model.

But the silver-haired beauty has Britain's biggest brands queuing up to use her in their advertising campaigns.

Shayne, who says she looks better now than she did in her 20s, has done shoots with Specsavers, Anthropologie, M&Co and Cyrillus.

And the mum of two said it's all down to having the confidence to stop dying her hair.

Shayne, who worked in advertising for 30 years, said: "There are not many women who can say their modelling career took off just as they started drawing their bus pass.

Shayne one few who "Silver foxes have been in demand for a while but it's now the age of the silver swan and I'm delighted to be a part of the phenomenon.

tell that looks "Men are allowed to grow old gracefully and I'm so pleased women are now being granted the same courtesy.

She's "I've blossomed with age. I've got so much more confidence now than I did in my 20s, 30s or even 40s. I've no inhibitions about my body and no longer care what people think.

"Confidence is attractive - it makes you more appealing on the eye. I feel much more liberated at the age I am now. I don't have to try to be anything but me. I can do what I want to and why not?" Shayne, from Trinity, Edinburgh, was scouted by top photographer David Boni and is now signed to top model agency Colours.

She has also been shot by legendary Hollywood snapper Marcus Grob.

She joins a new wave of silver-haired mature women such as Daphne Selfe, 90, the world's oldest supermodel, and Maye Musk, the mother of business mogul Elon, who is still on the catwalk at 69.

Shayne said: "I was working for the Leith Agency in Edinburgh when advertising photographer David Boni sent a photo of me to Colours and the next day they were on the phone asking if they could put me on their books.

"Since then, life has been a bit crazy. I've been the postergirl for Specsavers, appeared in the M&Co Christmas campaign and taken part in the Gok Wan and Walker Slater fashion shows.

"I've also had the privilege of being photographed by Marcus Grob, who has shot some of the biggest stars in Hollywood including Leonardo DiCaprio, Daisy Ridley and Lady Gaga.

"I feel in many ways my life is just beginning in my 60s."

Shayne, mum to Jessica, 27, and Annabelle, 24, said it was letting her hair - which she had dyed dark for decades - go grey that changed her life.

She said:"I used to have long, dark hair but the constant need to dye the roots became so annoying that 12 years ago I decided to go grey gracefully.

"I cut my hair short and let it grow out silver. It was the best thing I ever did. I get women coming up to me all the time saying they love my hair and wishing they were brave enough to go au natural. I tell them to get on with it and join the tribe.

"When I hit 50, I was determined I wouldn't become invisible and going grey has ensured that hasn't happened.

"I may not have the dewy youthfulness of my beautiful daughters but I've got just as much to say and to aspire to and I plan to keep on shining.

"Just like you grow into your personality, people tend to grow into their looks. When you are older, you know what suits you. You are more settled in your own skin. Being 60 is so liberating. …

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