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JACKY O’SHAUGHNESSY

April 24, 2018
Jacky O’Shaughnessy features in our Everyday Heroes campaign, for having style at any age. The 66-year-old model is breaking down stereotypes, refusing to cut or colour her hair. We speak to Jacky about positive body image & how she practices self-love.

“I don’t get up in the morning and check my age, I don’t say ‘I’m 66 and this is what I should be doing because I’m 66’ – I’ve never done that and I never will.”

THE REACTION AFTER HER FIRST PHOTOSHOOT WENT VIRAL:
“People were shocked and people loved it all at the same time. They went wild because I was a 60 year old in lace underwear and yes, my nipples were showing. There was a lot of reaction and it was so positive because older women want to see themselves and younger women want to feel that they’re not looking at a limit ahead of them.”

ON POSITIVE BODY IMAGE:
“That you like what you see. We have so many different aspects to our bodies, to say that women need a thigh gap, to have a bigger butt… and then once that’s all done, you can put on a bathing suit – no, I don’t agree. The best positive body image is to never compare yourself to anyone ever; it drains you, limits you and robs you.”

HOW SHE PRACTICES SELF-LOVE:
“I talk to myself a lot. I do some meditation work and I listen to certain healers on YouTube that I believe in.”

THE MOMENT SHE STOPPED CUTTING & COLOURING HER HAIR:
“It was in my early 50s and I still had bright red hair, I then asked my stylist how can I go back to natural? Literally a little voice in my head told me to stop cutting my hair, and I did.”

BEST LESSON HER MUM TAUGHT HER:
“She always told me ‘there’s always room at the top.’”

Follow Jacky

@jackyoshaughnessy

jackyoshaughnessy.org

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