The Amazing, True Story of Lyn Slater, Fashion Model Extraordinaire

Don’t tell Lyn Slater that life doesn’t bring unexpected joys. According to the online lifestyle magazine Lost at E Minor, Slater began her wildly successful modeling career by accident. Slater’s mere act of loitering outside New York City’s Lincoln Center led nearby journalists to believe she was a fashion icon awaiting a photo shoot. The rest, they say, is history.

“After the confusion, Lyn and her friend found the entire incident funny, saying she had turned into an ‘accidental icon,’” The Lost at E Minor story reads. “Lo and behold three years later, she now really is a fashion icon.”

Being the change she wanted to see in the world

After becoming an accidental icon, Slater realized how she could become an intentional one.

“I was having trouble finding a fashion blog or magazine that offered an urban, modern, intellectual aesthetic but also spoke to women who live what I call ‘interesting but ordinary lives’ in cities,” Slater told LAEM.

She decided to seize the identity the world had thrust upon her that day at Lincoln center. She began to participate in sophisticated photo shoots, rocking designer jeans and stylish overcoats. She posed with younger models and letterman jackets and expensive handbags. Her Instagram posts began receiving thousands of likes a pop. What had once been accidental had turned into a powerful statement about fashion: age is only a number.

age is only a number

The lesson

Lyn Slater was 63 when a modeling career fell into her lap. She had no previous experience modeling; she was a career educator. But she was flexible enough to make lemonade out of the lemons life gave her. You simply cannot plan every aspect of your life. Even at 63, we have to be ready to roll with the punches. Or in Lyn Slater’s case, the flashes of a camera.

Last updated : 06.27.2017

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