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Jamie Melbourne creates fashion history at 58

Published:Friday | January 10, 2020 | 12:15 AM
Jamie Melbourne
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Saint created fashion history with the stunning debut of its 58-year-old male model Jamie Melbourne on the international fashion landscape.

This has caused quite a stir and a lot of positive feedback considering the widely held view that modelling is for the young, as in 15-25-year-olds. Underscored by the belief that a model career lasts only five years – notwithstanding the legion of supermodels with a decade or more in the fashion orbit.

Melbourne was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and migrated to the States after high school. Melbourne and Saint International CEO Deiwght Peters share a mutual friend in film producer Maxine Walters. Walters convinced the shy New York-based quinquagenarian to pay Peters a visit and to make his wish known of wanting to be a high-fashion model. After a dinner meeting at The Terra Nova All Suite Hotel, Peters gave him a full vote of confidence and assured him he would be a star.

“I had no doubt that Jamie had the qualities to be a star model, despite the age. After all, there are evolving fashion trends which need looks like Jamie’s for validation to rapidly changing retail demographic globally,” Peters shared.

STRICT DIET

After posting a digital from his first photo session, Peters immediately received an email from one of fashion’s most influential brands requesting information.

Jamie adheres to a strict diet and exercise routine that allows him to maintain the features that have struck a chord with some of the world’s top fashion clients. “For my health, I eat organically and as green-based as possible, and no dairy. I only drink water and as little sugar and salt as possible. I am always very focused on physical exercise. I work out with weights religiously and swim whenever possible, as I grew up swimming competitively up to age 17. For skincare, I use just soap and water but always a good moisturiser.”