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NotBasicBlonde Podcast

Aug 4, 2021

In this episode, my guest Kathy Jacobs is making a history in Sports Illustrated at age 57, she is sharing her secret of success.

Talking Points:

  • Please tell our listeners about yourself/ your modeling career 
  • How does it feel to be featured in this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue?
  • We haven’t seen your new photos yet, but take us back to the shoot. What was that experience like for you?
  • How did you physically prepare for the shoot?
  • What does it mean for you to be part of SI Swimsuit at 57 years young?
  • You already dominated the runway at Miami Swim Fashion Week, how did you do it?
  • Do you believe that anyone at any age or any height can succeed in modeling? 
  • You modeled in the ‘80s for Ford. How has the industry changed over the years?
  • What is your secret? How do you stay in a perfect shape?
  • Do you ever get moments when you feel down? What helps to stay confident and motivated 


Kathy Jacobs @ageisbeauty

 made her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit debut as part of the 2020 model search. Kathy was a petite model in the '80s with Ford Models and came to the open casting call for SI Swimsuit at the age of 56. In the past year, she did a Thirdlove campaign with her daughter Abigail, a Miley Cyrus video, a Beauty Blender job and Soji beauty work. Kathy is an outspoken advocate for beauty at every age. 

And 57-year-old Sports Illustrated bikini model Kathy Jacobs is the silver-haired mother of the movement. 

“Old is the new hot,” a smiling Jacobs told The Post.

The 5-foot-2 married mom of one is featured in SI’s 2021 Swimsuit edition, and is the oldest woman to ever be spotlighted in the issue’s 57-year history. (Sports Illustrated’s first Swim volume hit shelves in 1964 — the same year Jacobs was born).

“I’m closer to 60 than I am to 50 at this point,” said the small town Texas girl-turned-Calabasas, California resident. “So to be in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit magazine representing ladies my age is just the best feeling in the world.”


Olyasha Novozhylova - NotBasicBlonde @notbasicblonde_

NotBasicBlonde Podcast - @nbbpodcast

Olyasha Novozhylova is the founder and creator of Not Basic Blonde, a fashion, and lifestyle blog dedicated to inspiring young women to create an extraordinary style.

Graduated from Georgia State University with a BBA in Managerial Sciences, Olyasha successfully built a career in IT/Project Management, before she became a full time blogger.

A model, blogger, entrepreneur, author, and celebrity podcast host of NotBasicBlonde Podcast. 

As the founder and host of NotBasicBlonde Podcast, where no topic is off limits, Olyasha provides millennials an ultimate guide on entrepreneurship, dating, marketing, self-development, astrology, spirituality, fashion, coaching, beauty, health & wellness.

Author of the children’s book 

Cutie the Unicorn – It’s ok to be different, Olyasha teaches our younger generation how to express their individuality.

The Russian model led an impressive 15-year career in fashion and runway in Atlanta and overseas, as well as enjoying several acting roles.

Now a leading influencer, Olyasha shares her beauty, wellness, and fashion tips with an audience of over half a million. 

As seen in YahooFinance, Jezebel magazine, Thrive, Medium, and Fashion Week Online magazines.

Olyasha has also partnered with brands such as Cartier, Revolve, PrettyLittleThing, PGA, Steve Madden, Too Faced, Vital Proteins, Tarte, DryBar, Drunk Elephant, etc. 

When she’s not documenting her travels through the world, Olyasha is busy masterfully educating women how to create iconic looks with a mix of affordable and designer pieces, as well as offering makeup, skincare, and fitness tips to encourage her followers to live their best and most beautiful lives!