Vegan, 48, Gets Mistaken For Woman In 20s And Says It's Down To Her Diet
A 48-year-old who often gets mistaken for a woman in her 20s has put her youthfulness down to her vegan diet.
Model and charity owner Victoria Featherstone Pierce says that her plant-based diet, cruelty free beauty routine and teetotal lifestyle is the secret to looking young.
The East Londoner says that she feels better than she ever did in her youth, after she took to veganism 15 years ago.
She said: "I have been a vegetarian since I was six years old and became a vegan overnight when I learnt about the dark side of the dairy industry at 33. I believe this has helped my appearance as I feel healthier and better than I did in my 20s.
"I only use cruelty-free creams and beauty products and I have never had Botox. I am not ashamed to say I feel and look good - I want to continue rocking it and being sexy until I am 90!
"In the modelling industry, I have had experiences where we have spoke over the phone and I will be dismissed due to my age.
"People hear I am 48 and a distorted image appears in their mind - just because I am older it doesn't mean I look it. I believe mature models have a lot more to offer and I don't want to be just a number."
Victoria has even lied about her age for a job, saying she was 38, which was the cut off age for the job.
She explained: "Recently, I lied about my age for a German commercial casting - the age bracket cut off at 38 so I tried my luck and got the job! I told the truth when they employed me, and they couldn't believe I was a decade older.
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"The industry needs to change as it's also contributes to women of all ages feeling bad about themselves when really modelling should give women confidence, not take it.
"When I was younger, I would wear a lot of more makeup and minuscule clothing which would get a lot of attention.
"I have had guys as young as 17 years-old chat me up but in a much more respectful manner - it is funny."
She also features in a calendar and acts as an advocate for veganism and mental health as she has suffered with depression from 21-years-old.
She added: "The calendar shoot was empowering, and I wanted to prove I am not just a number. I have been depressed for a long time due to finding out my dad wasn't my real dad at 21 years of age.
"Depression doesn't have a face; most people are shocked when they hear I am. My feelings on the inside don't match the outside but I have to battle daily to feel alive.
"There have been times where I have contemplated suicide, but I found my reason to live by helping dogs."
Age is but a number, guys.
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