Ruth Anne Caukwell (55), teacher/author/retail assistant, Christchurch
In my twenties I did some modelling – mostly catwalk – while I was at university in Brisbane, but at that time I was concentrating on my career rather than the fashion field. I hadn't done anything since, until last year when I signed with Silverfox. My mum had recently passed on, but prior to her death she'd been encouraging me for a while to take up modelling again. So when I saw on Instagram that Silverfox was advertising for interest in New Zealand, I decided to give it a go.
I love fashion, style and the whole concept of being uniquely you and not conforming to stereotypical norms. My modelling has become an extension of my inspirational writing. I want to be an ambassador for my generation – the 'ageless generation' – and to encourage others to feel good about the way they look.
Develop a beauty regime that suits you and includes good skincare, lots of water, moderate exercise and lots of hobbies. Accepting who you are and being positive doesn't hurt either!
My camel-coloured, mid-calf Andrea Moore coat. I love winter clothing and, after living in Australia for 30 years, I longed to wear it again. I bought the coat not long after I returned to New Zealand in 2008, and I love it. It's a timeless classic.
I'm thrilled to be part of what Silverfox represents. I feel like I'm contributing to a revolution or rebellion against the old stereotype that being a certain age means you have to fit a certain mould. It's exciting.
Yes, yes, yes! I feel like in recent years I've found the 'real' Ruth. I've faced many things, some not so good, and let them go by walking forward with a new confidence in who I am. I realise how important it is to choose to cultivate happiness. My journey in life is continuing and reinvention is a big part of it.