Choi, left, saw a TV commercial about senior models and saw an opportunity to make a change.
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Now at 75, Choi Soon-hwa is an unlikely fashion star and model in South Korea, one of a handful of seniors who have become social media and fashion celebrities in a country where intergenerational conflict is mounting as the population ages."I think of having this job at this age as a miracle," Choi says.She is now the oldest professional model in the South, and has walked runway at Seoul Fashion Week. Around 45 percent of older people in South Korea live in relative poverty, and the country has one of the weakest social safety nets among developed nations.By chance Choi saw a TV commercial about senior models and saw an opportunity to make a change.In the past five years, catwalks globally have seen greater age diversity and models such as Jacky O'Shaughnessy, Jan de Villeneuve, and Elon Musk's mother Maye Musk making names for themselves as fashion stars in their 60s and 70s.
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