Marion Finlayson’s last catwalk appearance may have been over 60 years ago, but she looked as though she’d never been away as she made a triumphant return to the runway at the age of 80.
The glamorous grandmother, who first modelled when she was a teenager before pursuing a career as a teacher, went down a storm at the launch of the 50 Plus Festival in Aberdeen earlier this week.
Marion Finlayson says she is enjoying the experience a great deal more the second time around as she has grown more confident over the years.
“I thoroughly enjoyed it,” she said.
“I hadn’t done it since I was a student in the late 1940s. Luckily I don’t have nerves anymore so I just got up there and had lots of fun.
“I couldn’t believe the crowd. There were about 300 or 400 people watching and they were great.”
Marion Finlayson, who is grandmother to Antonia, 13, and Andrew, 11, previously worked as a teacher at Albyn School in Aberdeen for years and went on to work with special needs children.
Mario Finlayson looked as though she’d never been away as she made a triumphant return to the runway at the age of 80
She decided to return to modelling after the death of her husband Bruce in 2010 and says having something else to focus on is helping her to deal with her grief.
“My husband, Bruce, died a year and a half ago after 54 years of marriage, a very good marriage, and I found it very difficult to overcome it,” she explained.
“But doing this catwalk has really helped. I’ve got to meet lots of new, younger people, which I think is good for me.
“I even had a muscly personal trainer in tartan to walk me down the catwalk.”
The widow says her family and friends have also played a huge part in helping her to move on after losing her beloved husband, and reveals that she recently found the strength to go on holiday alone.
“I used to go on holiday to Italy a lot with my husband, and I wasn’t sure about going away on my own,” she says.
“But I’ve gained a lot of confidence recently and I thought to myself, <<no I’m not going to stay at home, I’m going to go>>. After going to Italy I even went to Mauritius.”
Marion Finlayson, who is incredibly great shape for her age, says she likes to keep active and regularly attends yoga and Pilates classes.
“I do yoga, pilates and tums and bums classes every week,” she says.
“My grandchildren are a handful as well, they’re always running about.
“The modelling was something different and I would definitely do it again. If anyone asks me I will have a go – it’s better than doing the ironing.
“I’ve been interested in fashion all my life and I’d be the first to admit that I’m a bit of a shopaholic.”
As Rihanna prepared to attend her grandmother Dolly’s funeral today in Barbados she tweeted a picture of herself, make-up free and holding what appears to be a beer in her hand.
With heavy bags under her eyes, Rihanna, 24, looked absolutely exhausted in the snap.
The singer seemed to be standing in her hotel bedroom and was wearing a simple white vest.
She captioned the photograph: “I had to!!! Sorry granny”, clearly referring to Dolly.
Rihanna tweeted a picture of herself, make-up free and holding what appears to be a beer in her hand
Today Rihanna was seen making her way to her grandmother’s funeral in Barbados.
Emerging from as chauffeured car, she was wearing all black – the colour of morning.
With her head down and hair covering her made-up face, the pop star looked devastated.
Rihanna has been through a tough few days, and there were fears that the very recent death of her grandmother would cause her to pull out of her headlining gig at the Wireless Festival over the weekend.
But the singer managed to plaster a smile on her face and dazzle the crowds at the Hyde Park event, after flying in shortly after attending Dolly’s first funeral in New York.
Rihanna closed her second festival in as many weeks, and didn’t disappoint the waiting fans.
Wanting to pick a baby name with meaning, Jessica Simpson makes a quirky, but cute, choice.
You’ll never guess what Jessica Simpson’s naming her daughter!
Choosing a baby name is difficult for any parents-to-be, but it’s especially challenging for celebrities in the spotlight like Jessica Simpson and fiancé Eric Johnson.
“They tossed around a lot of names, including some wacky ones like Zinfandel, but couldn’t agree on anything,” a family friend tells In Touch. But now they’ve finally chosen.
Wanting to pick a baby name with meaning, Jessica Simpson makes a quirky, but cute, choice
Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson have finally decided what they’re naming their baby-to-be: Maxwell!
“They’re going to call her Maxwell, Maxi for short,” the friend reveals.
But why Maxwell?
Maxwell is Eric Johnson’s middle name, and also his grandmother’s maiden name.
“Jessica wanted a name with meaning,” the friend says.
Jessica Simpson, 31, has been spotted out wearing a diamond “M” necklace in honor of the newcomer. The couple has even ordered monogrammed onesies for the baby, who is due on April 20.
“[Jessica’s] gained so much weight and the baby is so big that doctors pushed up the date,” the friend explains.
“Jessica and Eric are so eager to meet Maxwell!” the friend says.