A 49-year-old underwear model has accused the fashion industry of ageism as she says she can no longer get any work because she looks too young。
Carolyn Brennan, from Leicester, has been modelling lingerie and bikinis for more than 20 years but in the last 12 months her work has dried up。
She said she has been repeatedly told she's 'not suitable' for jobs because she looks younger than her years。
She said: 'I find it quite shocking that the fashion industry seems to have forgotten a huge swathe of women who are middle-aged but not ready to wear cardigans just yet. Why should I wear shapeless dowdy clothes just because I’m nearly 50?'
In the early 90s, Carolyn modelled for Harley Davidson, was a catwalk model at dozens of NEC trade shows for Peugeot and worked for Aspire magazine。
But she can no longer gain jobs posing in clothes aimed at her age group because she looks too young。
And in a cruel twist, she is also unable to get work for the younger fashion market because she is considered too old。
'I've always been told by the photographer's I've worked with that I have good legs for modelling. They haven't really changed over the years but the work has dried up anyway。
'After approaching so many modelling agencies I know that I would get more work if I looked older but I’m not prepared to fit the stereotype.'