Swimsuit adverts are often exceedingly sexualized, but as you can see from these striking pictures, they don’t have to be. Nor do they have to feature young models, as Yazemeenah Rossi demonstrates. You wouldn’t believe it to look at her, but the model, graphic artist, and self-portrait professional photographer is in fact 61-years-old.
The pictures below are part of a campaign for a swimsuit partnership between online shop The Dreslyn and a lingerie house called Land of Women. According to Brooke Taylor Corcia, founder of Dreslyn, the purpose of the assortment was to veer away from the hyper-sexualized images of existing swimwear lines. She decided to choose Malibu, California-based Rossi as their model of choice since, as she said to Huffpost, “This is a lady who radiates health and vitality. She’s self-assured, she’s a visual artist, and she takes care of herself. [This line is] all about being an individual who’s well-lived and well-travelled and has intellect and confidence, and letting that shine through.”