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Model setting the internet alight at 60

Proving that it’s never too late to achieve a life-long dream, Philippe Dumas is becoming an internet sensation at the ripe young age of 60.

Following his 60th birthday earlier this year, Philippe posted a series of photos to reddit featuring his flowing grey beard and striking tattoos and the question ‘retired but not out, giving a last go to my lifelong dream of becoming a model, do I have it in me?’ The internet answered with a resounding ‘yes’ and Philippe, who is based in Paris, has since been signed to six modelling agencies and is taking the European modelling scene by storm.

In an interview with Style Aria, Philippe said his job as a movie set location and unit manager came to an abrubt end when the company he was working for went bankrupt. It was then he faced the difficult task that many mature workers face; whether to compete with much younger applicants to find a new job in his industry or try something new.

Thankfully, he chose the latter and is now an inspiration to others looking to take a bold career change and be fit and fabulous post-sixty.

“We have to be very careful when getting to an older age not to be overwhelmed by the transformation happening to the body. It’s necessary not to give up and keep the same activities and life routine as when we were younger,” Philippe told Style Aria.

“I go to the gym five days a week doing weight lifting for the muscles, cardio for the heart and some ballet dancing for the fun and a good body posture.”

As well as being an inspiration to others his age, he is also enjoying becoming a style icon to people of all ages.

“I am surrounded by young people either on a movie set or a shoot. At my great surprise most of the time they compliment my look and ask for a selfie with me. Finally I keep thinking that getting older is not such a bad thing.”

For more Philippe, follow him on instagram.

What do you think of Philippe’s look? Have you taken a bold career change in later life?

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