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New Fashion Model Hired, Age 81

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New Fashion Model Hired, Age 81

Ásdís Karlsdóttir

Ásdís Karlsdóttir, the new model. Photo: 66°North

How does an 81-year-old grandma with no prior experience in modeling get a job as a model for the clothing manufacturer 66°North?

Let Ásdís Karlsdóttir, the newly-hired model from Akureyri explain: “I played a game on the internet called ‘What job would suit you the best?’ and the result I got was ‘a model.’ Below [the results] I saw an ad from 66°North for many interesting positions. I didn’t visit their website, just ‘liked’ the ad and added a comment, ‘Don’t you need a model? I’m 80 years old.’ Then I posted about five fun photos. The next morning I woke up to a phone call from a journalist from Vísir who wanted to publish a story about it.” Less than a week later, she was modeling for 66°North.

There was some seriousness to Ásdis’ comment, according to 66°North. She wanted to bring attention to the fact that although most models are young, everyone needs clothes, be they young or old.

Ádis worked as a phy ed teacher at Akureyri Comprehensive College for 20 years and remains physically very active. “This is a true adventure,” she states, “truly an adventure for a woman my age. I enjoy it; this is a good change.” She says she’s determined to enjoy life.

Reportedly, Ásdís spends very little on clothes and likes to wear the 66°North clothing her late husband left behind, in addition to a winter jacket her grandchild passed on to her.

Incidentally, 66°North turns 90 this year, only nine years its newest model’s senior.

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