82-year-old woman booking fashion shoots as a model

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One retiree has found her true calling as a model, at the age of 82 years young.

And it was an ad in the newspaper for senior models that inspired Patricia Barber to take the plunge.

It seemed like the perfect way for the fashion lover to reconnect with the kind of clothes she wore in her youth. 

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Patricia Barber has found a new career as a successful fashion model at 82 years young 

Patricia Barber has found a new career as a successful fashion model at 82 years young 

Patricia is now signed with Silverfox MGMT, Australia's first agency to exclusively represent models over the age of 30

Patricia is now signed with Silverfox MGMT, Australia's first agency to exclusively represent models over the age of 30

Patricia is now signed with Silverfox MGMT, Australia’s first agency to exclusively represent models over the age of 30

‘I always said to my three daughters that there’s always beautiful clothes for young women, but nothing for the old lady,’ she told Today. 

‘And it annoyed me, because I love clothes.’

When Patricia asked her daughters if she should try for the modelling gig, they gave her their enthusiastic blessing. 

Patricia is now signed with Silverfox MGMT, Australia’s first agency to exclusively represent models over the age of 30. 

Patricia was first inspired to come out of retirement when she saw an ad in the newspaper looking for senior models 

Patricia was first inspired to come out of retirement when she saw an ad in the newspaper looking for senior models 

Patricia was first inspired to come out of retirement when she saw an ad in the newspaper looking for senior models 

Patricia asked her three daughters if she should go for it and they enthusiastically gave her their blessing 

Patricia asked her three daughters if she should go for it and they enthusiastically gave her their blessing 

Patricia asked her three daughters if she should go for it and they enthusiastically gave her their blessing 

And the mum-of-four has been booked for all kinds of editorial shoots, modelling everything from casual to activewear and formal gowns – with a tire prop to boot.

She also recently travelled from her home in Tamworth to Brisbane to do a shoot for women’s fashion line Adrift

Patricia was joined by her daughter Johnny Hobson, who said her mother was an ‘inspiration’. 

‘She’s pretty stunning isn’t she?’ Johnny said on Today. ‘She has so much fun.’

Patricia is pictured here during her youth

Patricia is pictured here during her youth

Patricia starts off every day with a green juice and goes to gym classes four times a week, doing everything from Pilates to circuit training

Patricia starts off every day with a green juice and goes to gym classes four times a week, doing everything from Pilates to circuit training

Patricia (pictured left in her youth) starts off every day with a green juice and goes to gym classes four times a week, doing everything from Pilates to circuit training

‘It gives you inspiration at what she has done to be fit and healthy. And that’s why at nearly 83 she’s able to do what she’s doing.’

Patricia starts off every day with a green juice and goes to gym classes four times a week, doing everything from pilates to circuit training. 

She also keeps fit by taking care of her garden, and mows the lawn herself.

So it would come as no surprise that Patricia is known for bringing more spunk than some models who are decades younger.  

Patricia recently travelled from her home in Tamworth to Brisbane to do a shoot for women's fashion life Adrift (pictured)

Patricia recently travelled from her home in Tamworth to Brisbane to do a shoot for women's fashion life Adrift (pictured)

Patricia recently travelled from her home in Tamworth to Brisbane to do a shoot for women’s fashion life Adrift (pictured)

Prue Gillespie of Adrift said the senior model can always be counted on to bring magic to a shoot, even when it means wearing high heels all day

Prue Gillespie of Adrift said the senior model can always be counted on to bring magic to a shoot, even when it means wearing high heels all day

Prue Gillespie of Adrift said the senior model can always be counted on to bring magic to a shoot, even when it means wearing high heels all day

Prue Gillespie of Adrift said the senior model can always be counted on to bring magic to a shoot, even when it means wearing high heels all day.

‘Patricia had even more energy than some of our models who were less than half her age,’ she told Daily Mail Australia. 

‘It’s a brilliant example of someone who loves what they do and doesn’t let a number get in the way!’   

As for Patricia, she’s loving every minute of her new career. 

‘It’s absolutely unbelievable,’ she said. 

‘It is glamorous, it’s a lovely experience, and I’m having a ball with it.’   

Patricia was joined on the shoot by her daughter Johnny Hobson (pictured together), who said her mother was an 'inspiration'

Patricia was joined on the shoot by her daughter Johnny Hobson (pictured together), who said her mother was an 'inspiration'

Patricia was joined on the shoot by her daughter Johnny Hobson (pictured together), who said her mother was an ‘inspiration’





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