It turns out getting fired from The Real Housewives of Atlanta may have been the best thing that happened to Phaedra Parks. The lawyer and mortician is serving up one of her biggest glow-ups to date as the newest face of Wilhelmina Models. Standing at just 5’1″, the 44-year-old mother of two is proof you can buck the traditions of what a model is.
The former reality tv star made the announcement in an exclusive interview with US Magazine and a Diana Ross-inspired photo spread showing off a kick-ass revenge body she achieved by swimming everyday and pilates.
With breaking the norm on traditional models, Phaedra said she’s the “face of ‘yes you can’.”
“I’m a small town girl who has followed her dreams. Yes, you can be a mom. Yes, you can be a lawyer and yes, you can be a model,” shared Phaedra. “When the opportunity presented itself some people asked me ‘Why?’ and I said ‘Why not?’ A supermodel started this company and she wanted to give power back to the women and I think I stand for the same things. I have the opportunity to show people that beauty can come in every size, shade, color and age. It’s exciting and an adventure!”
While she’s just getting started, she already has her dream campaign in mind.
“I would love be the face of skin care brand. I have great skin,” she told the weekly. “I also think a lot of girls are looking on Instagram for an idealized standard of beauty that requires a lot of makeup. Those are not the faces of what real women look like.”
Congratulations! Check out the full interview here.