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65-Year-Old Fitness Icon Denise Austin Walks The Runway With Daughter And Proves You Can Age Gracefully And Naturally

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Hollywood isn't known to be a place where women age both gracefully and naturally. But fitness legend Denise Austin, 65, proved on the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit runway that you don't need any surgery to age gracefully.

Denise Austin has long been a legend in the world of health and fitness. Her workout DVDs were wildly popular for many years, and she always promoted a balanced lifestyle. Her daughter Katie Austin shared a "special moment" when she was able to walk down the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit runway with her iconic mom.

65-Year-Old Fitness Icon Denise Austin Walks the Runway with Daughter

Katie made her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit debut in 2021 and was named a rookie in the 2022 issue. She's a fitness personality herself who has an app with on-demand workouts, recipes, and general health information. She was thrilled to walk the runway with her mom.

“My mom is my inspiration for everything. She’s my biggest supporter, mentor, best friend who highly encouraged me to do Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, so the fact I can walk with her in the show is a full circle moment,” Katie said. “She’s guided me throughout my career and helped me get to where I am today. Showing that mother-daughter bond in an event like this is going to be so special. In the past SI events, I always call her so excited to tell her every detail, but now we can experience it together! I’m thrilled she can be with all of us this weekend and see how amazing the entire SI team, girls, and community is like in real life because it is unmatched. It’s going to be an unforgettable experience.”

The mother-daughter duo look alike in both their features and their bright, positive energy. Denise looks fit and healthy, proving that you don't need plastic surgery to look beautiful at 65 years old. She wore a brown bikini with a criss-cross halter top and her daughter wore a beige, textured bikini.

"SOOOOOOO FUN walking the runway together with you Katie!!! I am BURSTING with JOY.. A memory of a lifetime!!!" Denise wrote in the comments of her daughter's Instagram post.

“I feel so grateful that Sports Illustrated Swimsuit invited me to walk the show with Katie. As a 65 year old, I’m also so proud of represent moms of all ages—and that it’s never too late,” Denise told SI Swimsuit.

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