- Simone Jacob
HOW I BECAME A MODEL...
I started working as a model when I was 17. By chance. An editor from Cosmopolitan approached me at the theater festival in Munich. That's how I got my first photo shoot. At the time, I had no idea about the business, was completely naive and also terribly insecure. I felt terribly uncomfortable in front of the camera at the time. After all, I was able to finance my studies wonderfully through my modeling jobs.
With the birth of my first daughter, a whole new phase of my life began. I stopped working as a model, focused on family, welcomed the birth of my son, life in the country, horses, riding and working as a TV writer and sculptor.
It wasn't until I was about 52! that I came back to modeling. This time also by chance. I accompanied the 16-year-old daughter of a good friend, who wanted to become a model, to her job interview at the Munich Models agency. The next day, Susanne Maushake, the head of the agency, asked me, "Who was the woman who was with the young girl? We would like to have her as a model." Hah, I could hardly believe it. At first I thought it was a joke. But it wasn't.....
At 57 years old, I work successfully as a "Bestager Model" or as they also like to say, "Classic Model", "Icon" or "Silver Model". Today, it feels very different than it used to. I have fun. Really a lot of fun!
It's great to travel to places I've never been, like Chile, Helsinki, Tromso in Norway, Warsaw, Madrid, Cape Town, Cartagena/Colombia, New York, Chicago, etc., and especially to meet so many different, interesting, talented people of all ages.
And of course, I'm better at life today than I was at 17. I don't compare myself to others anymore. I am who I am and whoever works with me gets the whole package.
I now have 12 agencies worldwide. I still want to be in front of the camera when I'm 80.
I want to show what we women over 50 can do and that wrinkles in combination with a positive charisma only make us more interesting.