Wow. We’ve run lots of stories on BoomerCafé about people reinventing themselves. But this one takes the cake: Dorothy Brooks, now 60, has become a model. For the second time. And she’s loving it.
I call myself an Ex-Flowerchild, which I am proud to be! And now I’m equally proud — at the age of 60 — to be a model!!
It’s all possible because our generation has been fighting aging, tooth and nail. The picture years ago of a 60-year-old woman with grey hair, her figure gone, with very little exercise and turned to seed, is outdated. At least in my life; I always said I would fight that.
And my mother, who died ten years ago, was my role model. She was a model in the Fifties for the classic New York department store Bergdorf Goodman. She is the one who took me to a model agency when I was 17.
Then 27 years ago, when I moved to Washington D.C., I signed with an agency in upscale Georgetown, and did print, runway, and commercials.
Several years later I started my own casting agency and eventually it went from just 40 models to a data base of 2,000. I spun off into photography shooting actors, models, CD covers, executives, whatever I could do that clients needed.
Many people along the way had asked me to model again. But I was running the agency and didn’t think much about it until it hit me this year: looking at ads and commercials targeted at baby boomers, I put the rebirth of my modeling career on the Bucket List.
And now I’m doing it. Why? Maybe because I had so much fun as a model in my 20s that I want to recapture some of my youth, make more money, meet people, and show women that you can be sexy and fun at any age. I have not had facial cosmetic surgery but I am not opposed to it; most likely one day I will do it, just to weed out the garden. Ha!!
I have had a lot of fun putting together a portfolio at the age of 60. Being on the front side of the camera again, I am reminded that it is a lot of work to get that perfect expression that will sell the product.
But I am excited to see where it takes me. Our road is different at 60 than it was at 20. I can’t afford to miss a second. I have sent pictures to the prominent agency Ford Models. Their “classic” division is terrific and of course they have top clients. If things work out, I’ll work for some of them. The need for actors and models for print ads is huge these days. And baby boomers are the audience.
My makeup is on … and my fingers are crossed.
Dorothy Brooks is online … click here.