60-year-old Philippe Dumas found himself in a tough situation when he lost his job in the advertising business as a production coordinator. The company he worked with for 10 years went bankrupt. But Dumas wasn’t about to give up. Having worked in the French film industry before, the man got a bit creative… and started growing a beard! Soon the beard became his signature look. After someone uploaded Dumas’s photos to Imgur and it went viral last year, the Frenchman began to gain quite a following on social media and was soon noticed by multiple modelling agencies. Now Dumas has signed to six different agencies and is enjoying his new exciting path.
“We have to be very careful when getting to an older age not to be overwhelmed by the transformation happening to the body,” Dumas told Style Aria. “It’s necessary not to give up and keep the same activities and life routine as when younger.”
His secret to youth?
“I go to the gym 5 days a week doing weight lifting for the muscles, cardio for the heart and some ballet dancing for the fun and a good body posture,” Dumas explained. “Regarding my diet, I love food but I have to be very careful not to put too much weight on so I try to eat healthy but sometimes I fall for a nice and juicy hamburger full of carbs. No smoke. Alcohol is just a way to me to socialize.
“Very often, thanks to my job, I am surrounded by young people either on a movie set or a shoot,” Dumas added. “At my great surprise most of the time they compliment my look and ask for a selfie with me. Finally I keep thinking that getting older is not such a bad thing.”