Older Women Who Look Decades Younger
Whether blessed with great genetics or skillful doctors, the 10 women on our list seem to have stopped the hands of time from marching on.
#1 Ernestine Shepard (79)
Bodybuilder Ernestine Shepard is 79 years old.
Yes, you read it right.
Shepard started her fitness journey rather late in life. She was a pudgy, middle-aged woman in her mid-50’s who hated what she saw in the dressing room mirror as she tried on swimsuit after swimsuit. Determined to shed some pounds, she found a workout buddy in her sister. Together the ladies started slowly getting in shape with aerobics classes, but in 1992, a year into their training, Shepherd’s sister died. She vowed to continue on in her sibling’s memory.
Since then, Ernestine has won two bodybuilding titles, and has run nine marathons. Her daily regimen is not for the faint of heart – she wakes up at 2:30 a.m. and reads devotions from her Bible. Her diet consists of 1,700 calories a day, mostly from boiled egg whites, chicken, vegetables and a liquid egg white drink, and she runs about 80 miles a week; she does not take supplements.
Ernestine was named World’s Oldest Performing Female Bodybuilder by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2010. She also teaches classes at her Maryland gym, Energy Fitness.
#2 Apasra Hongsakula (69)
Fifty years have passed since Apasra Hongsakula was Thailand’s first Miss Universe. She’s stayed out of the spotlight since, but this week, pictures of the 69-year-old– still looking remarkably youthful – spread online. What’s her secret?
In the case of her photos, a good amount of Photoshop.
While Hongsakula does look considerably younger than her years (and is rumored to have spent THB 2.5 million on anti-aging treatments and plastic surgery), she hasn’t exactly shaved a half century off her age, despite what you’ve seen on the internet.