56-Year-Old ‘Sports Illustrated’ Swimsuit Model Stuns in Lingerie Shoot: ‘Life Definitely Begins Over 50’

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Goddess status. At 56, Nicola Griffin became the oldest woman to grace the pages of Sports Illustrated's annual swimsuit issue. How do you follow that up? With an equally sexy lingerie shoot.

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The British model, who boasts long silver locks and an hourglass size-16 frame, is one of the stars of SLiNK magazine's "Passion" issue celebrating women of all ages. In the spread, she wears a combo of lacy lingerie, lounge pieces, garter belts and bodysuits, each of which only serves to enhance her assets. (For more photos, click here.)

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"Young girls open magazines and it influences them so much about body image," the model told the mag, which is devoted to plus-size fashion. "I think it's very good for them to see different sized women because otherwise they can feel bad about themselves if they don't look like the models."

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Griffin, who shot to fame when she appeared in a gold bikini for a Swimsuits for All campaign that was featured in SI, embraces her age. "When you get to 56 you don't know how long you have got left in the world, and this is how you look — so embrace it," she said. "I've been young, I've been worried, I've been under pressure. I've felt all those things and I don't want to feel them anymore. I'm determined to enjoy each day. I grab every opportunity and make the best of it. That's the path I'm on now."

She added: "This seems to be my moment and I'm really happy. Life definitely begins over 50."

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