Once models and athletes get to about 40 years of age, their posing days are over. At least that’s how it used to be. Now it’s easy to get the impression celebrities look like they’re getting younger, because a lot of them are eating healthier and working out more than ever before.
1. Christie Brinkley
Christie Brinkley, 63, was a three-time Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover model in the 70s, and she’s just done it again! This time, she posed for a sexy shoot with her gorgeous daughters on an exotic Turks and Caicos beach.
Brinkley herself has been on over 500 magazine covers and has had a 25-year contract with CoverGirl. She thought her swimsuit model days were over a long time ago, but she was invited to come back to Sports Illustrated Swimsuit with her two daughters for this special shoot.
My first thought was, ‘At my age? No way!’ When I turned 30, I was like, ‘This is the last time I’m posing in a bathing suit! When this issue comes out, I’ll be 63.
She posed with her daughters Alexa, 31, and Sailor, 18, who have proven to be just as promising as their stunning mom. The women sat down for an interview with PEOPLE, where they talked about body insecurities and how important body diversity is in the fashion industry.
Brinkley has battled her own physical insecurities for the entirety of her career, despite being named one of the most attractive women in history on several occasions. She hopes this photoshoot, featuring her sporting skimpy bikinis will be a message to ageism in the modeling industry.
In a country that’s very ageist, people love to put you in little boxes. Women feel very limited by their numbers. On a personal level, I thought, if I can pull this off, I think it will help redefine those numbers and remove some of the fear of aging.
2. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Brinkley isn’t the only older celeb who refuses to be considered “past her prime.” Inspirational fitness figures like, Arnold Schwarzenegger also refuse to be stopped. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Schwarzenegger got real,
I’ve always been underestimated, and that’s always worked in my advantage. It’s the most wonderful thing, to be underestimated.
Many of his roles in film, like his recent starring in the fifth movie of the Terminator series, Terminator Genisys, have required him to bring his legendary physique to the set. This latest role made Schwarzenegger work for it. He spent two hours at the gym everyday, six times per week in preparation.
Athleticism continues to be a large part of his daily routine. He bikes often near his home in Santa Monica:
I [bike] once, twice, three times a week even, if I’m not traveling.
Like Brinkley, Schwarzenegger uses his fame and influence to call attention to more pertinent issues. Since he has experience as a politican and is basically a god of bodybuilding, his opinions carry a lot of weight. Since he spends a lot of time outdoors, he’s noticed fundamental changes in the environment, and he’s not afraid to voice his concerns. He’s also advocates for immigration reform, and after-school programs
3. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
He may still be pretty young, 44, but a lot of celebs are already considered past their prime, especially in the fitness business. For the Rock, however, there will always be a spot.
He puts a lot of his workouts on social media for his fans to use. He began this practice after filming Hercules when a lot of fans wanted to know what kind of training he had been doing, and he was extremely enthusiastic to connect with bodybuilders and fans. He also gave them the truth about his workouts in a recent interview:
It’s all basic. Basic training. Basic movement. Basic iron. With a basic movement, with old-school movements, you can never go wrong. But the key is always form. Form is everything. Don’t get sloppy with your movements.
4. Elle Macpherson
Like Brinkley, Elle Macpherson, nicknamed “The Body,” is famous for her time as a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover model. The Australian model is now 53 years old and she’s still as in-shape as ever. After abstaining from alcohol for eleven years, the model admits that she finally feels that she is growing into herself. Back in 2014, she reflected on turning 50 in an interview with New York Magazine:
I have become more at ease with who I am. The great thing about turning 50: I really value grace and wisdom today. The emphasis is on how I feel, not how I look…
Obviously, she is still “The Body,” and at 53 years old, that’s amazing. Growing older is hard for everyone, especially for people who are constantly in the limelight, and yet these celebrities make it look so easy.
5. Rob Lowe
You thought his dreamy days were over after West Wing and Parks and Recreation, but at 52-years-old Robe Lowe is still known for his abs and impressive physique. He may not be the biggest guy, but you still have to appreciate how he’s managed to stay so in shape and good looking.
Staying young is an inside job…You can have a 32-inch waste and no lines on your face, but if you don’t keep an open mindedness and a willingness to compete in life, no one’s gonna say you’re youthful.
Rob Lowe is also concerned with how ageing–both physically and psychologically–is treated in America. He advocates for long-term care planning and awareness of how elderly people are treated in America. He’s still pretty far from that though…
These shockingly youthful celebs are truly inspirational. Being wickedly ripped and in shape is impressive, but they are also role-models and voices for other fitness buffs and those who are passionate about what they do.