Kathy Jacobs is the perfect example of why you should always chase your dreams, no matter your age. At 56 years old, Jacobs is a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model, proving that age is just a number and that you should never stop pursuing your dreams! Jacobs is a new winner of the third annual\u00a0SI Swim Search open casting call and will be making her rookie debut in the 2021 issue. She recently spoke to Fox News about being an inspiration to other women in addition to the fan mail she receives from men. "I think it\u2019s super important," she says, "There are so many women my age who don\u2019t rock a bikini because they feel that they don\u2019t have the perfect bikini body to do it\u2026 Everybody should be able to feel sexy and own their sexiness, no matter what age they are." Kathy Jacobs is becoming an inspiration to many women, old and young https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/p\/CCqsQZWFe-K\/?utm_sourceig_embed Not only do women her age admire her, but young girls as well. "I couldn\u2019t be happier that all those young girls love me. I just couldn\u2019t be freaking more thrilled if I tried," she admits. "I\u2019m filled to the brim with happiness\u2026 Most importantly, I get girls telling me, \u201cOh my gosh, you\u2019ve inspired my mom.\u201d The young girls reach out to me just to say I\u2019ve inspired their mom. And then they all say, \u201cI want to be like you at 50.\u201d And I\u2019m like, \u201cHoney, you\u2019re going to be better than me. Trust me. You\u2019re going to be great." RELATED: Dolly Parton Hopes To Celebrate Her 75th Birthday By Posing For A Playboy Cover "\u2026 You know, none of that would have been possible if Sports Illustrated hadn\u2019t had been so forward-thinking. They\u2019re the ones that gave me a chance. And I just think it hit a nerve with people because they\u2019re ready to see a change in the world. They want to be part of the change in the world. And I think it just showed the world that we need to open the doors to more types of beauty because, they, there\u2019s not one type of beauty." Even older men are loving her, but not for the reason you'd think https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/p\/CD1uNAaFajJ\/?utm_sourceig_embed When it comes to the fanmail she gets, let's just say, it definitely gives her a confidence boost on days she needs it! "*Laughs* We\u2019re not going to talk about the messages I get from the guys. *laughs* But in all seriousness, I do get a lot of men who are over 50 thanking me," she reveals. "A lot of men say to me, \u201cThank you for doing this because my wife is beautiful and she\u2019s your age. I\u2019ve always known that. And this is validating that women at your age are beautiful, including my wife.\u201d I get that a lot actually, which I think is super sweet." She also mentions her husband and how he apparently "gloats" that he has a SI Swimsuit model for a wife. "*Laughs* Nobody gloats more than my husband. It\u2019s like, borderline embarrassing. I mean, I\u2019ve never seen anything like it. He is just in hog heaven. He\u2019s gloating 24\/7. He\u2019s very impressed. He should just be my publicist at this point *laughs*." https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/p\/CDJlHuAFduy\/?utm_sourceig_embed It definitely sounds like Kathy Jacobs is pushing for the representation of women 55 and older, and it's working!