04/06/2016 09:39 am ET

56-Year-Old Model Stuns In Steamy Lingerie Shoot

"This seems to be my moment and I’m really happy. Life definitely begins over fifty."

Things are really heating up for 56-year-old model Nicola Griffin. 

The world first started buzzing about Griffin when she became the oldest woman to ever be featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, wearing a bikini in an ad for Swimsuits for All. Now, she's continuing on her scantily clad path to success in a sexy lingerie shoot for U.K.-based Slink magazine

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The nine-photo spread features Griffin in a variety of looks and poses, and she seems comfortable in front of the camera. But she explained to the magazine her new-found fame came a bit unexpected.

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"I didn't know the advert would go into Sports Illustrated and I didn't realize it [Sports Illustrated] was such a massive magazine as we don't have it here in the U.K. It all happened so quickly. I kind of stumbled along with all the excitement but no, I can't say I knew or expected anything like that," she said. 

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Griffin and her signature flowing gray hair, which she told the magazine is what launched her career in the first place, are now signed with Milk Model Management, the same agency that represents Tess Holliday.

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Her plans to "take this all the way," as she told the mag, stem from a newly found confident attitude.

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"This seems to be my moment and I’m really happy. Life definitely begins over 50... Nowadays I just think to hell with it. I am going to wear what I like; I am going to wear my hair long. The key is not listening to what other people tell you," she said.

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