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Landmark Birthday

Hurrah, it’s my birthday!

Ever since starting off A Model Recommends I have been at constant war with myself over just how honest to be regarding personal matters. Predominantly matters concerning my real age. The fashion world is a fickle old business, especially for models – you are warned about your ‘shelf life’ and the fact that ‘the end’ is pretty much always nigh. So it didn’t make a huge amount of sense for me to publicly announce my real age all over the shop for everyone to see – I know that many of my clients and potential clients come and have a read every now and again to see what I’m up to! I also know that the age people often think that I am is much, much lower than my actual biological age – the year before last I did a job in Milan where the client strictly would not use a girl over the age of twenty-one, for example. No questions were asked.

I’m not telling you all this to boast about ‘how young I look’ or ‘what a great model I am’ but to demonstrate how ridiculous the whole ‘age’ issue is. Celebrities, models, actresses all have to habitually lie in order to stay ahead of the game, even though most look younger than their real age anyway! It’s amazing how you can be perceived so differently once someone is aware of your real age, especially if it’s much older than they initially thought – on the plus side, I think that you get treated with a little more respect, a little more grace; on the flip side, it may just lose you that catalogue job or editorial shoot.

Surely all that matters is the age that you look, when you’re being cast for a job? When I’m asked how old I am at a casting, I always feel like answering “how old do you want me to be?” because most of the time I just pluck an age out of the air and come right out with it!

Anyway, I’m not having a gripe at all – anything but, actually. I feel really quite lucky – and treasured, if that’s the right word! – to still be a good working model after almost ten years in the industry. Still booking nice jobs, still working with great photographers and still having a whale of a time! And I’m not the only one – you’d be very surprised to know the real ages of many familiar faces in the modelling world; girls who regularly front beauty campaigns and so on who look twenty but have three kids and a mortgage!

Two photos below; one taken almost ten years ago, and the second taken this year. I have to say that I am far, far happier and more comfortable with my appearance now than I ever was ten years ago and that the years in between have given me a confidence that makes me a far better model. Take that, ageists!

So Happy Birthday to Me – some (probably most!) of you will know how old I am today, (clue: kind of a landmark birthday) but for the rest of you who want to know, I ask you this:



  1. “Happy belated b’day”! May all your dreams and wishes come true! xx

  2. happy b’day..we share the same birthdate Nov 28!! :)

  3. Hi Ruth,

    I’m sorry for being slightly late to the party with my wishes but happy birthday! You haven’t aged a day between those two photos (which leads me to trust your recommendations even more…please keep them coming)!!

    I also wanted to say thank you for such a great blog! There’s an overwhelming number of beauty products out there, and it’s so nice to have my options narrowed down to the ones with your stamp of approval (the ones that make the “Ruth List”!). I really appreciate your willingness to share your experience and tips (especially with things like body brushing, which I will now start doing religiously)!! Your blog postings and videos are my ‘treats’ during long days of studying, and I suspect I won’t manage to finish my thesis without your regular updates (no pressure or anything =P). It’s quite possible that you’ll move onto bigger projects in time but I do hope we get to share many more landmark birthdays with you!


  4. Happy Birthday! x

  5. I think I actually prefer the more recent photo although you are looking gorgeous in both. Happy (belated) Birthday Ruth! I too generally am mistaken for a younger bird too I was 28 last week and actually had the girl serving me wine in tesco take my ID round to all her collegues cooing “oooh you don’t look 28” quite embarrasing. Hope you had a lovely day xx

  6. Happy birthday, Ruth, and many happy returns. I absolutely agree with you on this. I turned 33 on the 28th of November (yesterday for me); most people assume I’m about 10 years younger.

    I am really enjoying your work. Best wishes from Simone.

  7. Happy 18th birthday Ruthy Toothy ;)

  8. Happy Birthday 2 you!

    xxx Judith

  9. Happy Birthday ruth! You look amazing in both pics. Hope you had a great day =D xx

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