CONTEST Models over 40 are recognized as confident glamour babes
Confidence is one of the attractive qualities a woman can possess.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Models over 40 can have the same great figures, hair and smiles that their 20-something counterparts have, but with age comes confidence, one of the most attractive qualities a woman can possess, says Candace Bushnell, the 45-year-old author of "Sex and the City" and "Four Blondes."
Bushnell was among the judges for the fifth annual MORE/Wilhelmina 40+ Model Search. Teruko Burrell, 45, of Santa Monica, Calif., eventually was selected from a pool of 15,000 entries.
"I think I'm very different looking, being half African-American, half Japanese. I have a lot of hair, and I have a big smile and big white teeth," Burrell says. "I've always had a dream to be a model and I thought why not just try? When you get a little older you believe in yourself, and More gets that not everything is about age."
Burrell, and two runners-up, Lynn Waite, 53, of Brookfield, Wis., and Janine Crisera, 41, of Middletown, N.J., received modeling contracts and have already been photographed for their first major advertisement: Ford Motor Co.'s new F-500 campaign. They'll also be featured in More's November issue.
So far, Burrell, an administrator at the Getty Museum's department of paper conservation, is enjoying the model life.
"I've worn gowns by Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera," she says. "I've never worn anything like that before. I've only read about Vera Wang in the newspaper and magazines. This should be Sarah Jessica Parker, not me."
Bushnell says what made Burrell stand out was her personality. "Modeling really is about personality, confidence and how you carry yourself. You can't get by just on your looks," she says.
Peggy Northrop, editor in chief of H, says she noticed how many of the entrants were incredibly fit.
"We saw so many yoga instructors and yoga practitioners, so many healthy women and so many individual looking women. ... I love the idea of women in 40s and 50s being the new glamour babe."