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Mother, 64, credits her youthful look to practising meditation

Woman, 64, who’s mistaken for her daughter’s SISTER thanks to her age-defying looks says people are shocked to learn she’s never had surgery – and claims meditation keeps her youthful

  • Angela Paul, 64, originally from Bradford, insists youthful look is about lifestyle
  • Lupus diagnosis in her 20s pushed her to change diet and she hasn’t looked back
  • Apart from hair dye, claims not to use any products and stays away from meat
  • Constantly accused of having plastic surgery but claims she has never tried it
  • Said she is often mistaken for daughter’s sister and chatted up by younger men

A glamorous 64-year-old mother-of-one has revealed people automatically assume she’s been under the surgeon’s knife because they can’t believe how young she looks.

Model and relationship coach, Angela Paul, 64, originally from Bradford but now living in California, says her youthful looks are down to a diagnosis in her twenties of lupus, which made her subsequently pursue a super-healthy lifestyle. 

She decided after being diagnosed with the inflammatory disease to take greater care of her health, and claims a better lifestyle helped lift her symptoms without using medication – using instead meditation, exercising, nutrition and mental health. 

Now in her mid sixties, Angela said she is often mistaken for her daughter’s sister, and constantly approached by men half her age who want to date her.  

She claims meditation and staying away from eating meat are the biggest factors in keeping her looking young. 

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Angela Paul, 64, from Bradford but now living in California, credits her amazingly youthful looks down to her lifestyle, and says meditation has kept her looking young

The 64-year-old beach bunny says she is often chatted up by men half her age and mistaken for her daughter’s sister – her daughter Arielle is 30 years her junior (Pictured in a bikini on a California beach) 

Parent not sibling! Angela says people regularly mistake her 34-year-old daughter Arielle for being her sister and assume that she’s had cosmetic surgery

Youthful looking family! Angela, with her husband Alan, and daughter Arielle, 34

When she was 30 years old, she gave birth to her daughter, Arielle, 34, and fell in love with being a mother, dedicating most of her thirties to raising her daughter and travelling with her husband, Alan, 69.

Angela, who now lives in California, USA, worked as a full-time model since she was 16 years old but decided to quit when she became a mother. 

In her late twenties, doctors told her she had systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), a long-term condition that causes inflammation to the joints, skin and other organs which changed her path and persuaded her to practice a super-healthy lifestyle.  

Her appearance has attracted a lot of positive attention from men half her age who approach her and some negative comments from people who accuse her of undergoing cosmetic surgery, which she strongly insists is untrue.

‘There really is no big secret to ageing gracefully at sixty-four; genetics help, but more than that lifestyle is a big predictor on how well one ages,’ Angela said.

Angela says it’s all about mindset and that ‘ageing well is a lifelong undertaking’; she reveals she has long-practised ‘self-care’ which helps maintain her youthful looks  

She said: ‘For me, ageing well has been a lifelong undertaking; I started practising self-care when I was a young model through nutrition, exercise, meditation and mindset. The younger one starts taking care of oneself the greater the pay-offs later on in life.

‘In my early twenties, I felt full of life, with confidence and energy, but in my late twenties I was diagnosed with lupus that fortunately I was able to treat without medication.

‘It was however a wake-up call to significantly pull back on my high-paced life. It was after this diagnosis that my meditation practice and disciplined self-care became the foundation of how I live my life.’

She explained: ‘I was thirty when I gave birth to my only child after a gruelling thirty-six-hour labour and emergency caesarean birth. It was an absolute joy to be a new mother and most of my thirties were dedicated to raising her and traveling with my husband and daughter for his work.

Angela was diagnosed with lupus in her late twenties (pictured during a Miss Teen modelling shoot) and she decided to ditch her fast-paced lifestyle in favour of living better

She treated the disease without medication, and instead turned to ‘meditation practice and disciplined self-care’ which she said are the ‘foundation to her life 

‘It was an incredibly rewarding experience as a woman, but it was also a time of questioning and I became uncertain about what I wanted to do creatively moving forward.

‘While it was a beautiful chapter in my life, it was also a time of transition of not really knowing who I was besides being a wife and mother.

‘I had no desire to model full time anymore as I’d been doing it since I was sixteen – but I was trying to figure out how to define and express the next version of myself in this new chapter.’

Angela said her mother had ‘beautiful skin and thick hair’ that runs in the family.    

Angela claimed she was ‘full of life’ before her lupus diagnosis in her twenties (pictured showing off her slim figure during a modelling shoot)

Angela gave up modelling when she became a mother in her thirties (pictured with her daughter Arielle, now 34)

She revealed: ‘Growing up in England with a lot of rain I didn’t have much exposure to sun which was a blessing really.’ 

‘I never smoked or drank much in my teens and twenties so that helped, and I was always big on getting adequate sleep. To me sleep is my number one health and beauty aid.

‘Also, as a model I knew all about the benefits of skincare; staying out of the sun and the best and most effective beauty products to use.’

She explained: ‘I love to exercise so that’s been an integral part of my self-care, but I do believe my journey to healthy ageing has been significantly enhanced by my long time meditation practice.’

Angela credited a ‘life time meditation practice’ for her youthful looks, and revealed she is often mistaken for her daughter’s sister 

Angela claimed she hasn’t eaten any kind of meat or poultry in thirty-eat years, and tries to eat organically 

Angela said she feels she is in better health ‘physically and emotionally’ in her sixties than she was in her forties

Angela said that she is now often mistaken for being her daughter’s sister when they’re out together and she often receives flattering attention from men ‘decades younger’ than her.

But this is something she takes on the chin as she believes living this healthy lifestyle is for the benefit of her and not how people see her.

‘I think that we have to take care of ourselves from the inside first and foremost beyond the outer superficial means. I haven’t eaten any kind of meat or poultry in thirty-eight years but do love fish and sushi,’ she said.

‘I eat organic as much as possible and prefer several small meals a day as it’s easier on the digestion. I eat an avocado a day, drink fresh ginger with hot lemon first thing in the morning and limit myself to one coffee a day before noon.

She added: ‘I don’t drink much alcohol but when I do, I prefer a little vodka than wine as it is cleaner and has less sugar. This maintenance has been my lifestyle for decades.’

‘I don’t believe in extremes, but I do know what works best for my overall health and wellness from a lifetime of consistent dedication that’s always been more about feeling good rather than just focusing on looking good. Looking my best then becomes a by-product of years of self-care and self-love.’

She said: ‘As exercise has always been a staple in my life it has served me well throughout all my decades. My forties were challenging as my mum was suffering from Parkinson’s disease and dementia and I was also dealing with other family illnesses and deaths.

‘Turning fifty was fabulous and in many ways I’m in better health physically and emotionally in my sixties than I was in my forties.

‘I’ve always loved to dance, but about five years ago I started taking Zumba dance classes four to five times a week. I absolutely love it and it makes me feel radiantly alive, youthful and sexy.

The mother-of-one exercises with a Zumba dance class four or five times a week, and said it makes her feel ‘alive, youthful and sexy’ 

Angela revealed people often react to her age with ‘astonishment’ and that she gets a lot of judgement from other women 

‘People often comment that my daughter and I look more like sisters than mother and daughter. On Instagram men are often over the top with compliments.

‘But as I know that’s all superficial and not particularly ‘real’ I just don’t let myself get attached to flattery or judgement which is also part of being a public person on social media.’

She added: ‘Unfortunately, most of the judgement comes from other women which I find sad and a bit disconcerting even though on some level I get it.

‘People react to my age usually with astonishment or with the subtle/not so subtle suggestion that I must have had a lot of cosmetic surgery done or must be anorexic – both of which is untrue.

The mother of one claimed she is against plastic surgery and has tried to desperately avoid it at all costs 

Angela said many people don’t have the dedication and commitment to the lifestyle choices required to maintain youhtful looks  

‘If people ask, I readily share my lifestyle choices and it does take commitment and dedication that some people just don’t want to do.. They want the end results but are not willing to do the work it takes.’

Angela, who is a writer and has written two books based around the beauty of ageing, said she is actually against the concept of cosmetic/plastic surgery and has deliberately avoided it at all costs.

‘I’m personally against cosmetic surgery for a few significant reasons; one – I want to look like myself naturally as best I can. Two – I try to avoid surgery of any kind as much as possible,’ she said.

‘Three – Vanity for me includes not having people wonder what I’ve done to myself if the surgery turns out strange and clearly like I’ve had some major work done.

Angela suggested ‘looking after yourself’ in younger life can give you a good foundation for youthful looks

Angela, pictured here with her 34 year old daughter Arielle, said they are often mistaken for sisters 

‘Four – There are many non-invasive and natural products and procedures that can help with ageing for example I do facial yoga every day to tighten the jowls and chin.

‘Fifth – I feel that encouraging women (especially young women) to age naturally is part of the message I espouse and strive to live by.

‘Apart from the caesarean surgery the only cosmetic procedure I’ve done was to get braces on my teeth in my thirties.

Angela said she does ‘facial yoga’ every day and practises Zumba to do maintain her youthful appearance 

The mother of one claimed she has never been under-the-knife and her youthful looks are down to a lifetime of work 

‘I’d have say that my best advice is to start looking after yourself as young as possible and you will reap the rewards later in life.

‘It’s also not about looking like anyone else, including me or any celebrity of the moment, or being thinner etc. It’s about being the healthiest version of you that you can be.

She added: ‘In popular culture and social media women are inundated with messages on how they should look so I really believe that it’s important to stop comparing ourselves to anyone, and for me that has included not comparing myself to myself at a younger age.’

 

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