Jodi Harrison-Bauer is trying to fulfill a lifelong dream.

The 58-year-old Connecticut mother-of-two adult daughters hopes to become the oldest model to don a swimsuit in Sports Illustrated’s iconic swimsuit issue.

When Jodi arrived at the Sport’s Illustrated Swimsuit open casting call at 5 a.m. on a rainy July morning in Miami, she knew exactly what to expect: hours of waiting in line, bouncing around from room to room, and standing next to thousands of women 20 years her junior for a chance to join the SI Swim family.

But the Branford, Connecticut native didn’t consider the age difference a disadvantage.

“I believed I had a lot to share with people,” the mother-of-two told said. “The SI Swim Issue is inclusive of every woman. They have every shape and size, yet they don’t have an older woman who isn’t a famous professional model.”

While she says she doubted herself “one million times, she was determined to go through the try-out process. “I thought, what do I tell my daughters? I tell them that it’s about the journey, it’s about stepping boldly out of your box and it’s about standing in your truth. And that’s what I did.”

Jodi is no beginner when it comes to showing off her body. She’s a two-time champion of Fitness America and Fitness Universe. Although she is almost in her sixties, age is just a number to Jodi. She continues to push her body to the limit and grow every day, toning her muscles and keeping her body fat content low. Besides her workout routines, Jodi also believes in balance – that means she gets plenty of beauty rest every night and eats a balanced low-carb diet.

“Whether I’m chosen or not, I’m doing this as another way to share who I am and encourage others along the way that it’s not too late to try something new,” the mother of two told the New Haven Register.

Her body is clearly amazing, but her mission isn’t just to show it off– she wants to be in this world-famous issue because she is born to inspire! In her audition video for Sports Illustrated, Jodi professes her battle cry: “I want to be in the Swimsuit Issue at 59 because no woman should ever be boxed in.”

You go, girl! We, too, agree that women should never be boxed in by societal prejudices. She’s an example of someone who has worked extremely hard to flaunt the body she has today.

Jodi is not only inspirational but she’s also made a life for herself that is authentic and her own! It looks like she’s found her calling in the fitness world, and we think it’s so great that she can share her message with so many women– young and old alike!

We’re rooting for you, Jodi!

Watch the video below for more details:

Sources: AWM,  New Haven Register

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