Sports Illustrated selects 56-y-o model for swimsuit issue

A 56-year-old model, Kathy Jacobs, will grace the pages of Sports Illustrated’s famed swimsuit issue.

Kathy Jacobs poses for a portrait at her home in Calabasas, California on Friday, July 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

The selection of Jacobs is not only noteworthy given her age, but also because she is a petite model, standing at 5-foot-3-inches.

The California native said she hopes being part of the issue will help change conventional standards of beauty. “I’m just like so grateful that they took like a chance on me. Two things you can’t change about yourself are how old you are and how tall you are.”

Kathy Jacobs poses with issues of Woman’s World magazine covers featuring her from 2020, left, and 1989, at her home in California on Friday, July 17, 2020.(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Jacobs added, “That’s the great thing about Sports Illustrated is they just keep reinventing themselves and they keep reinventing what is your view of beauty.

“And they keep showing people that there’s more than one kind of beauty out there,” she said of the swimsuit issue that has been around since 1964.

The 2020 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue is online is available as of today, July 21.