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Model, 48, doesn't look older than her late 20's and says her vegan diet is to thank for her looks


A youthful 48-year-old is praising her vegan diet for her ageless looks.

Without a wrinkle in sight, Victoria Featherstone Pearce, 48, from Bow, East London, claims that she’s often mistaken for being in her late 20s by strangers.

The model and charity owner praises her plant-based diet, cruelty-free beauty regime and teetotal lifestyle for keeping her young.

Victoria, who has appeared in TV adverts for Guinness, Birds Eye Peas and Sony TV, said she feels healthier and more confident than she ever did in her 20s, thanks to turning to veganism 15 years ago.

Victoria Featherstone Pearce, 48, from Bow, London, is often mistaken to be in her late 20's. She says her vegan diet is to thank for her youthful looks

Victoria Featherstone Pearce, 48, from Bow, London, is often mistaken to be in her late 20’s. She says her vegan diet is to thank for her youthful looks 

The woman says she is happier and healthier than she was in her twenties, and more confident as well (pictured in her late twenties)

The woman says she is happier and healthier than she was in her twenties, and more confident as well (pictured in her late twenties) 

She said: ‘I have been a vegetarian since I was six years old and became a vegan overnight when I learnt about the dark side of the dairy industry at 33.

‘I believe this has helped my appearance. I feel healthier and better than I did in my 20s.

‘I only use cruelty-free creams and beauty products and I have never had Botox.

‘I am not ashamed to say I feel and look good – I want to continue rocking it and being sexy until I am 90!

Victoria, a model, says the fashion industry needs to be more inclusive of all women of all ages (pictured now)

Victoria, a model, says the fashion industry needs to be more inclusive of all women of all ages (pictured now) 

The model says she hopes to still be 'sexy' by age 90. She doesn't drink and only use cruelty-free beauty products (pictured now)

The model says she hopes to still be ‘sexy’ by age 90. She doesn’t drink and only use cruelty-free beauty products (pictured now)

‘In the modelling industry, I have had experiences where we have spoke over the phone and I will be dismissed due to my age.

‘People hear I am 48 and a distorted image appears in their mind – just because I am older it doesn’t mean I look it.

‘I believe mature models have a lot more to offer and I don’t want to be just a number.

‘Recently, I lied about my age for a German commercial casting – the age bracket cut off at 38. So I tried my luck and got the job.

‘I told the truth when they employed me, and they couldn’t believe I was a decade older.

‘The industry needs to change because it also contributes to women of all ages feeling bad about themselves, when really modelling should give women confidence, not take it.

Victoria explains she would be sometimes dismissed for her age on paper, and says that just because she is older, she's miss opportunities

The model explains she's found a reason to live by helping dogs, and is working on her mental health

Victoria explains she would be sometimes dismissed for her age on paper, and says that just because she is older, she’s miss opportunities 

The model says people have a distorted image of what it means to be an older woman. Pictured now

The model says people have a distorted image of what it means to be an older woman. Pictured now

‘When I was younger, I would wear a lot of more makeup and minuscule clothing which would get a lot of attention.

‘I have had guys as young as 17 years-old chat me up, but in a much more respectful manner – it is funny.’

In addition to her modelling work, Victoria is an advocate for veganism and mental health because she has suffered with depression from 21-years-old.

The model is also a mental health advocate after suffering from depression and self-esteem issues aged 21

Victoria became vegetarian from age six and turned to veganism 15 years ago after looking into the reality of the dairy industry

The model is also a mental health advocate after suffering from depression and self-esteem issues aged 21

Fabulous dog lady. Victoria adopted a completely plant-based and teetotal lifestyle aged 33 (pictured now with her dogs)

Fabulous dog lady. Victoria adopted a completely plant-based and teetotal lifestyle aged 33 (pictured now with her dogs) 

Victoria (pictured in her late twenties) says her feelings on the inside do not match her outside, and that she sometimes struggles to feel alive

Victoria advocates for veganism, mental health and dog rescue as well as still working as a model (pictured now)

Victoria (pictured in her late twenties) says her feelings on the inside do not match her outside, and that she sometimes struggles to feel alive. Victoria advocates for veganism, mental health and dog rescue as well as still working as a model (pictured now)

‘I have been depressed for a long time due to finding out my dad wasn’t my real dad at 21 years of age.

‘Depression doesn’t have a face; most people are shocked when they hear I am.

‘My feelings on the inside don’t match the outside but I have to battle daily to feel alive.

‘There have been times where I have contemplated suicide, but I found my reason to live by helping dogs.’ 

The woman admitted men as young as 17 years old would try to chat her up while on a night out (pictured now)

The woman admitted men as young as 17 years old would try to chat her up while on a night out (pictured now)

Victoria admitted that she's dress with short dresses in her late twenties to get men's attention (pictured then)

Now (pictured right) she feels more empowered than ever and wants to show women shouldn't be judged on their age

Victoria, pictured in her 20s, admits she used to be more eager to get male attention when she was younger (left).  Now (pictured right) she feels more empowered than ever and wants to show women shouldn’t be judged on their age 

Victoria has also recently starred in a calendar shoot arranged by Models of Diversity, featuring women of different ethnicities, sizes, ages and abilities.  

‘The calendar shoot was empowering, and I wanted to prove I am not just a number,’ she said. 

 Angel Sinclair, CEO of MOD said: ‘The calendar is a daily reminder that change is happening, albeit slowly, and that you can overcome everything that life throws at you.

‘Victoria stepped up to show other women that you can overcome your demons, and she really blossomed at the shoot.’

Victoria Featherstone Pearce (right) with a friend in her late 20s. Despite her glamorous lifestyle, the model admits that she's battled with depression

Victoria Featherstone Pearce (right) with a friend in her late 20s. Despite her glamorous lifestyle, the model admits that she’s battled with depression  

 



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