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Photos: Sassy 86-Year-Old Is The Baddest Bathing Suit Model
When we're in our 80s, we hope we're as sassy and cool as Baddie Winkle. We've seen the 86-year-old Instagram star donning a tie-die dress emblazoned with the word "twerk," jacket covered with cannabis leaves and a swimsuit that says "been trill." But now, we get to see even more of her since she's landed a bathing suit modeling gig with L.A.'s Dimepiece streetwear.Dimepiece launched their summery "State of Mind" campaign last week and since have been posting Instagram videos and photos of Baddie Winkle in swimsuits and coverups, laying by a pool and sitting on a swan floatie.
But there's more to Baddie Winkle, who only goes by that nickname, than just her trill attitude. Her story is actually a really inspiring one. When she was interviewed by PAPERMAG by last year, she talked about her life before launching the Instagram account:
I'm from Eastern Kentucky, born in Hazard. My father was a coal miner. Then we moved to a small town that was soon after hit by a tornado. I've had a hard life all my life. My husband died thirty years ago and my son died fifteen years ago, so it's been very traumatic for me. Then we came up with this and it's been such a great motivator.
It was her great-granddaughter's idea to create an Instagram account for her and start photographer her up in fun clothes, and accompanying the posts with some spicy captions. Baddie Winkle now has nearly 800,000 followers.
"Even in my old age, I've never really done anything noteworthy until now," Baddie Winkle said. "I would love to get other old people active instead of just sitting around all day doing nothing, acting like life is over."
Here are some more awesome snapshots of her:
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