Retiree’s modelling wish comes true

For years, 60-year-old Phillipe Dumas dreamed of becoming a fashion model. Seven months ago, when the company he worked for went broke, Mr Dumas found himself heading towards early retirement.

Then something serendipitous happened. Mr Dumas, who was a location and unit manager in the French film industry, gained some fame after photographs of him were posted by random people on the social networking site, Reddit.

All of a sudden, Mr Dumas’ wish came true. The Reddit posts garnered him recognition and before he knew it, he was signed to six modelling and talent agencies and has since taken part in a number of photoshoots and advertising campaigns.

Mr Dumas thanks Reddit for this opportunity, but he also reckons that his beard, which he’d decided to grow longer once he’d retired, had a bit to do with it.

“My career as a senior model is young but it starts well. I have great expectations,” Dumas said in an interview. “Fortunately new faces on the modelling market are very welcome and my beard was a plus since it is very trendy in Europe at the moment.”

Phillipe Dumas’ tale has a fairy-tale ending, and proves that it’s never too late to realise your dreams. We take our hats off to Mr Dumas and wish him well on his newfound career.

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.


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