Before ‘Mr. Steal Your Grandma’ Irvin Randle popped up on the scene with his beard, fit body and skinny jeans, 70-year-old Arlette Leveque had been turning heads on social media for quite some time. A bikini photo here. A sexy bodycon dress there…there…and there.
And don’t forget the signature six-inch heels (usually with a matching purse). Thousands of photo shares later and people either see Leveque as an inspiration or question why a woman “her age” chooses to dress this way. Regardless of how people feel or see her, Leveque styles her way across social media and through life unapologetically.
“My age is a number I choose not to be defined by and my style of dress is a reflection of my youthful spirit and self-confidence, as well as my lifelong passion for fashion,” Leveque tells BlackDoctor.org via phone from her Atlanta residence.
The retiree turned motivational fitness coach and personal trainer explains that she doesn’t give energy to negativity or the people who find her choice of dress offensive. Instead, she dresses for herself and to be an inspiration to others.
“I hope people seeing me are motivated and inspired to invest in their own health and well-being,” Leveque shares.
Leveque, who grew up in Haiti, remembers being an active child, running, jumping rope and climbing trees. She never thought of it as exercise. It wasn’t until she survived a car crash in 2006 that she realized every hard-fought step one makes is exercise.
After the accident, Leveque wore casts on her right arm and foot and had a shoulder replacement – the scar is still visible on her right shoulder. She credits her physical therapist at the time, Debra, with bringing her back to life.
“At that point I promised myself that if I made it through, I would pay it forward by helping others the same way.”
That’s exactly what Leveque has been doing the last five years, motivating people around the world through her workout videos on her “Just Fit” Facebook page and eye-catching photos on her “Fitness & Fashion Over 60” Facebook page.
How does Leveque stay looking and feeling so young? Here’s what she shared with BlackDoctor.org:
On her current diet and workout regiment:
When I wake in the morning, I blend a fresh juice in my juicer of