Victoria Featherstone Pearce is accustomed to people mistaking her for someone half her age.
The 48-year-old UK model went vegan 15 years ago — and claims she’s never felt hotter.
“I have been a vegetarian since I was 6 years old, and became a vegan overnight when I learned about the dark side of the dairy industry at 33,” the blonde beauty says. “I am not ashamed to say I feel and look good — I want to continue rocking it and being sexy until I am 90.”
Pearce says she feels and looks healthier than she did in her 20s — and credits her squeaky clean lifestyle.
“I only use cruelty-free creams and beauty products and I have never had Botox,” the native Londoner tells Caters News. “In the modeling industry, I have had experiences where we have spoken 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.”
Refusing “to be just a number,” she admits to lying about her age for a job. Her employers were shocked upon finding out she shaved a decade off.
“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,” she says. “I told the truth when they employed me, and they couldn’t believe I was a decade older.”
Her methods appear to be working: Pearce has appeared in TV adverts for Guinness, Birds Eye Peas, Sony TV — and recently posed for an “empowering” Models of Diversity calendar.
Still, she says, the modeling industry needs to grow up.
“It contributes to women of all ages feeling bad about themselves — when really modeling should give women confidence, not take it,” says Pearce, adding that brought her more than wisdom — it brought her power.
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