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Insta star Baddie Winkle talks to Stylist: “My motto? Praying for the basics”

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Baddie Winkle is the internet’s favourite great-grandma, an octogenarian Instagram star with millions of followers and an eye for fashion – so adored that she’s modelled for Missguided, has been a muse for a make-up brand and counts celebrities among her fans (many of whom will no doubt be investing in her upcoming book Baddiewinkle’s Guide To Life).

With help from her great-granddaughter, the 88-year-old posts a constant stream of pictures of herself in knock-out, often multicoloured ensembles, complete with spiky captions full of emojis.

And, speaking to Stylist, she says she’s always experimented with her style.

“Sometimes I’d change the way something looked, try a different way, kind of improvise. Feel a bit on the wild side!” she explains. “I’ll take a lot of risks.

“Some people don’t agree with me, but that’s fine.”

Asked if negative comments ever upset her, she tells us: “It used to, but now it just rolls off my back and I say, ‘You know, you live your life, I’ll live mine’.”

She adds: “I think it’s very important to stay young at heart.

“I have friends who are the same age, and then I have friends who are younger, like in their 70s, and they don’t get out and do the stuff that I do.”

Winkle, born in 1928, says her nose for fashion actually used to get her in trouble in school (we’d be interested to know what they make of her PVC-clad, spliff-toting snaps of recent months).

“The principle had me in her office when my dress was too short,” she laughs. “I was 16. I mean, the short dresses just came out!”

But these days, she’s got a message for anyone who thinks her wardrobe should be limited.

Asked if she has a motto she lives by, her reply is straightforward: “Praying for the basics. That means when somebody says bad things about me – which they do – I pray for them.”

The full Stylist interview with Baddie Winkle and the other women breaking down age barriers can be found here. See Baddie Winkle’s campaign for Missguided at missguided.co.uk.

Main image: Tom van Schelven for Stylist

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