An age-defying grandmother who still models swimsuits in her 60s and often gets mistaken for being 20 years younger reveals her top five tips for looking and feeling young.
And even now, at aged 62, the grandmother-of-two continues to turn heads with her luscious golden locks, deep brown eyes and slim hourglass figure.
The model and author is proving age is just a number by being the oldest woman to compete in the 2021 Sports Illustrated swimsuit competition – something she never dreamed possible for grandmothers in their 60s.
Leslie Carleton (pictured on her 62nd birthday), who spends her time living between her homes in Bali, Indonesia, and Los Angeles, has modeled in magazines, catalogs, television commercials and billboard ads around the world
The ageless beauty (pictured modelling in Bali) credits her youthful looks to a myriad of lifestyle choices that she believes has helped her stay in shape and look young
Leslie, who is engaged to Hollywood actor Matthias Hues, 62, is mother to sons Sephton, 44, and Aurelius, 42, and grandmother to Olivia and Lilyana, both 10.
She is now sharing her top tips for looking and feeling happy, healthy and youthful at any age after revealing she regularly gets mistaken for being 20 years younger.
She said: ‘I never imagined I’d look the way that I do in my 60s.
‘The majority of people guess that I’m in my 40s, and are shocked when I tell them I’m 62.
‘In my teens and 20s, I never worked out or participated in sports. I watched what I ate and luckily I stayed slim.
The model and author, now aged 62, is proving age is just a number by being the oldest woman to compete in the 2021 Sports Illustrated swimsuit competition
Leslie (pictured at her high school graduation) was just 17 when she was pregnant with her eldest son and 19 with her youngest
‘I followed my grandmother’s advice. She was a dancer, and she would eat small, healthy meals frequently throughout the day, every 2-3 hours.
‘I also followed the rule of thumb that carbs and protein should be the size of your palm, while vegetables should be twice that size.
‘Then in my 30s, I began doing sports and I fell in love. I started skiing and I became a black belt in karate.
‘And its only in the last 10 years that I began lifting weights. That has helped me maintain a strong and toned figure into my 60s.
Leslie, who often gets mistaken for being 20 years younger, is engaged to Hollywood actor 62-year-old Matthias Hues (pictured together)
Even now she is in her sixties the grandmother-of-two (pictured) continues to turn heads with her luscious golden locks, deep brown eyes and slim hourglass figure
‘I look at photos of myself in my 20s, and I have the same body. My skin is different but the body is the same.
‘You have to keep working at it to keep your physique. You are what you eat, you are what you think.’
Leslie was just 17 when she was pregnant with her eldest son and 19 with her youngest and said that being a teenage mother meant she was often mistaken for her sons’ sister when they were young – and then their girlfriends once they got older.
Leslie began her career as a teenager modelling for the makeup brand Max Factor (pictured) and she soon saw her face plastered in magazines and on billboard advertisements all over town
Leslie is mother to sons Sephton, 44, and Aurelius, 42, (pictured together when they were younger) and grandmother to Olivia and Lilyana, both 10
Leslie said that her dream is to be a voice for all women in the world to believe in themselves and to be the best they can be no matter what their circumstances
LESLIE’S TOP 5 TIPS FOR LOOKING AND FEELING YOUNG
- Weigh yourself every day to keep track
- Eat small, healthy meals every 2-3 hours, with cheat meals once a week
- Get 8 hours of sleep every night
- Exercise daily, including alone time out in nature
- Stay young at heart with a positive attitude
She said: ‘I was teenage mother. I got married at 16 and I was pregnant when I was graduating high school.
‘When they were younger, they did not like that I looked like their sister. They were teased at school about it.
‘When they were teens they hated it because their friends would call me “hot”. No son wants to hear that and they are both very protective of me.
‘Then as young adults, they hated it when people thought I was their wife of girlfriend, since it sort of ruined their game.
‘Today, they are both in their 40s and fathers. With that comes maturity.
‘So even though people still think I am their girlfriend or wife, or even sometimes say my sons look older than I do, they smile and say thank you.
‘They are proud of the way I look now and thank me for being a teenage mother that stayed young and healthy for so long, because as a result, I am a healthy strong grandmother to their daughters.’
The ageless beauty credits her youthful looks to a myriad of lifestyle choices that she believes has helped her stay in shape and look young.
The mother-of-two said that being a teenage mother meant she was often mistaken for her sons’ (pictured) sister when they were young – and then their girlfriend once they got older
Leslie now splits her time living between her homes in Bali, Indonesia, (picutred) and Los Angeles, USA
Leslie’s top tips for staying youthful is to weight yourself every day to keep track and advises eating small, healthy meals every 2-3 hours, with cheat meals once a week
She said: ‘I weigh myself each morning. This helps guide me on how I should eat that day, and it really keeps me on track.
‘Eating frequent small and healthy meals throughout the day keeps me energized, and I like to keep them balanced with a mix of healthy protein, carbs and greens.
‘I make sure to get at least eight hours of sleep at night and I drink lots of water.
‘I also think it’s imperative to have time in nature every day and also have some alone time each day, when you can. It does wonders for your mental health.
‘For six days of the week, I do watch what I eat. I don’t eat fried food, and I try to limit flour and sugar.
‘But always on Sundays I allow myself to relax and have a cheat meal, like some wine, burgers etc. This keeps my metabolism in check also.’
Leslie began her career as a teenager modelling for the makeup brand Max Factor and she soon saw her face plastered in magazines and on billboard advertisements all over town.
Leslie said her sons (pictured) are proud of the way she looks and often thank her for being a teenage mother as it means she is a healthy, strong grandmother to their daughters
The 62-year-old is even competing in the highly-coveted 2021 Sports Illustrated swimsuit contest this year going up against people 40 years her junior
If the age-defying grandmother (pictured) wins the Sports Illustrated competition she will be one of the oldest models to ever feature on the cover
And now in her 60s, she continues to model and is even competing in the highly-coveted 2021 Sports Illustrated swimsuit contest, going up against people 40 years her junior.
If she wins, she will be one of the oldest models to ever feature on the cover.
She said: ‘I want to inspire women and show that we can be beautiful at any age.
‘I am fitter now at 62 than I was at 40. I never thought that was possible.
‘I never imaged I’d be rocking a bikini after the age of 50.
‘My dream is to be a voice for all women in the world to believe in themselves and to be the best they can be, no matter what circumstances they live in and no matter what body they were born into.
‘Beauty comes in all different packages, no matter what your size, race or age.
‘It has no expiration date. We can all stay beautiful and youthful well into our later years with a healthy lifestyle and good attitude. ‘