International Supermodel, Grey Ambassador, Speaker and Instagram Superstar, Caroline Labouchere (@carolinelabouchere) is one lady who is showing, one photoshoot at a time, that style is ageless, beauty is ageless, and age is truly just a number. In between closets, photoshoots, marathon runs and fashion week, we caught up with this inspiring style icon to find out how she tries to stay balanced throughout her busy schedule. Here’s what she told us:
Tell us a little bit about you and what you do.?
I’m 55 this month; July. I am the happiest I have ever been and love challenging myself.
What inspired you to become a supermodel, Grey ambassador to your generation and launch a social media initiative (#empoweredbygrey)?
I became a model by chance. Right place, right time. I embraced my grey about six years ago and have never looked back. I would like to prove that grey does not mean old.
What are some of your daily inspirations, challenges and rewards as a supermodel/ instagram influencer?
My husband is an inspiration. My latest challenge was a 100km run. Rewards come to me by hearing that people are living their best lives, perhaps in part inspired by what I do.
What do you find is the hardest challenge balancing your work and personal life?
The biggest challenge is the different ways that people contact me. I like to respond to everyone but occasionally some messages get lost. It takes a huge amount of time.
You look amazing! What inspires you to stay fit and healthy?
Being a role model to my children; I like to be slim it makes me feel energetic. I have an under-active thyroid, exercise is essential for me.
What does self-care mean to you? What do you do to keep sane?
Having a quiet day every week when I can respond to emails and find those lost messages. That makes me feel good. Hanging with my dogs and being grateful.
Must have beauty products?
Oooh. Clinique lotion no.2, it’s an exfoliating liquid. Neutrogena cellular boost day and night.
What types of exercises bring out the best in your body shape?
Pure running, jogging. Slowly, slow is the new fast.
Many women are scared of aging. What 3 tips would you give for becoming fearless after 50?
It is the best age to take control, do what YOU want, keep moving. Learn to be excited by life if you aren’t already.
Take us through an average day in the life, the first thing you do in the morning through to the last thing you do at night.
If I’m training for a race then I could be up at 2.30-3am. If that’s the case I’m ruined for the rest of the day. Otherwise I’m up around 6.30, feed my dogs, put on a wash, cook a family meal, normal things. Bed by 9.30pm. Social media, go to a shoot, work on speaking engagements. No two days are the same. I love that. How random is being invited to a beauty pageant in China! I love my life.
What does your perfect day in Dubai look like? (If you want you could also include your ideal day somewhere else too – hehe we would love to know)
In Dubai it can be anything from staying in my pj’s and watching a box set to going to a beach club with my family. London would be for shopping of course, lots of windows to browse and trying clothes on too.
Where are your three favorite destinations to travel to alone/with family/friends? Do you have any trips planned?
No1. I love London. I’m going to the west coast of America in October for the first time, bucket list stuff. I’m taking my son and meeting up with my husband as he passes through. I’m passionate about India.
What is your philosophy when it comes to food?
Eat clean, lean and unprocessed food during the week and eat whatever you want at the weekend.
What is your favourite home cooked dish? Who inspired your cooking?
My mother is a very good cook, I did a cordon bleu course when I left school so I’m not too shabby in the kitchen either. These days though I love my slow cooking. Throwing in whatever is in the fridge and coming home to a hot meal works well.
Something you can’t live without?
My dogs and my husband.
What is next for you?
The sky is the limit. I’m in recovery mode so near-term goal setting is now a priority. Suggestions welcome!
Is there anything we have not asked that you would like to talk about?
Running the 100km race was by far the toughest thing I have ever done. Every step became more painful than the one before. I was cold to my bones and held my husbands hand for the last half marathon, it was a long slow walk. 16hrs 44mins of moving time. My son sadly had to stop at 86km, too much pain for a young body. I’m so proud that we finished the race, I said never again yesterday, today I’m thinking maybe I’ll have another go.
Sweet or Savory? Savory
Hot or cold? Hot
Lips or Eyes? Less is more
Smoothie or Juice? Smoothie
Yoga or Pilates? Pilates
Coffee or Tea? Coffee