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AN AGE-defying grandmother who still models swimsuits in her 60s, and gets mistaken for a 40-year-old, reveals her top five tips for looking and feeling young.

With her luscious golden locks, deep brown eyes, and slim hourglass figure, it’s no surprise that Leslie Carleton has modeled in magazines, catalogs, television commercials, and billboard advertisements around the world.

5This 62-year-old grandmother is often confused for being 20 years youngerCredit: Caters 5She says she has the same body since her 20sCredit: Caters

Even now at 62-years-old, the grandmother-of-two continues to turn heads, as she has maintained her incredibly slim figure and stunning youthful glow – meaning she often gets mistaken for being at least 20 years younger.

The model and author is proving age is just a number by being one of the oldest women to compete in the 2021 Sports Illustrated swimsuit competition – something she never dreamed possible for grandmothers aged in their 60s.

Leslie, who is engaged to Hollywood actor Matthias Hues, 62, mom to sons Sephton, 44, and Aurelius, 42, and grandmother to Olivia, 10, and Lilyana, 10, is now sharing her top tips for looking and feeling happy, healthy and youthful at any age.

The model – who spends her time living between her home in Bali, Indonesia, and Los Angeles – said: “I never imagined I’d look the way that I do in my 60s.

“The majority of people guess that I’m in my 40s, and are shocked when I tell them I’m 62.

“In my teens and 20s, I never worked out or participated in sports. I watched what I ate and luckily I stayed slim.

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“I followed my grandmother’s advice. She was a dancer, and she would eat small, healthy meals frequently throughout the day, every 2-3 hours.

“I also followed the rule of thumb that carbs and protein should be the size of your palm, while vegetables should be twice that size.

“Then in my 30s, I began doing sports and I fell in love. I started skiing and I became a black belt in karate.

“And it's only in the last 10 years that I began lifting weights. That has helped me maintain a strong and toned figure into my 60s.

“I look at photos of myself in my 20s, and I have the same body. My skin is different but the body is the same.

“You have to keep working at it to keep your physique. You are what you eat, you are what you think.”

LESLIE’S TOP 5 TIPS FOR LOOKING AND FEELING YOUNG
  • Weigh yourself every day to keep track
  • Eat small, healthy meals every 2-3 hours, with cheat meals once a week
  • Get 8 hours of sleep every night
  • Exercise daily, including alone time out in nature
  • Stay young at heart with a positive attitude
  • Leslie was just 17 when she gave birth to her eldest son, and 19 with her youngest – making her one of the youngest mothers to pick up their kids at the school gate.

    The mum said being a teenage mum meant she was often mistaken for being her son’s sister when they were young – and then their girlfriend once they got older.

    She said: “I was a teenage mother. I got married at 16 and I was pregnant when I was graduating high school.

    “When they were younger, they did not like that I looked like their sister. They were teased at school about it.

    “When they were teens they hated it because their friends would call me ‘hot’. No son wants to hear that and they are both very protective of me.

    “Then as young adults, they hated it when people thought I was their wife or girlfriend, since it sort of ruined their game.

    “Today, they are both in their 40s and fathers. With that comes maturity.

    “So even though people still think I am their girlfriend or wife, or even sometimes say my sons look older than I do, they smile and say thank you.

    “They are proud of the way I look now and thank me for being a teenage mother that stayed young and healthy for so long because as a result, I am a healthy strong grandmother to their daughters.”

    The ageless beauty credits her youthful looks to a myriad of lifestyle choices that she believes have helped her stay in shape and look young.

    She said: “I weigh myself each morning. This helps guide me on how I should eat that day, and it really keeps me on track.

    “Eating frequent small and healthy meals throughout the day keeps me energized, and I like to keep them balanced with a mix of healthy protein, carbs, and greens.

    “I make sure to get at least eight hours of sleep at night and I drink lots of water.

    “I also think it’s imperative to have time in nature every day and also have some alone time each day when you can. It does wonders for your mental health.

    “For six days of the week, I do watch what I eat. I don’t eat fried food, and I try to limit flour and sugar.

    “But always on Sundays, I allow myself to relax and have a cheat meal, like some wine, burgers, etc. This keeps my metabolism in check also.”

    Leslie began her career as a teenager modeling for the makeup brand Max Factor, and she soon saw her face plastered in magazines and on billboard advertisements all over town.

    And now in her 60s, she continues to model and is even competing in the highly coveted 2021 Sports Illustrated swimsuit contest, going up 40 years her junior.

    If she wins, she will be one of the oldest models to ever feature on the cover.

    She said: “I want to inspire women and show that we can be beautiful at any age.

    “I am fitter now at 62 than I was at 40. I never thought that was possible.

    “I never imaged I’d be rocking a bikini after the age of 50.

    “My dream is to be a voice for all women in the world to believe in themselves and to be the best they can be, no matter what circumstances they live in and no matter what body they were born into.

    “Beauty comes in all different packages, no matter what your size, race, or age.

    “It has no expiration date. We can all stay beautiful and youthful well into our later years with a healthy lifestyle and a good attitude. “

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    Aerial view of containers sitting stacked at the Qinzhou Port on August 15, 2022 in Qinzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of China.China News Service | Getty Images

    U.S. logistic managers are bracing for delays in the delivery of goods from China in early January as a result of canceled sailings of container ships and rollovers of exports by ocean carriers.

    Carriers have been executing on an active capacity management strategy by announcing more blank sailings and suspending services to balance supply with demand. "The unrelenting decline in container freight rates from Asia, caused by a collapse in demand, is compelling ocean carriers to blank more sailings than ever before as vessel utilization hits new lows," said Joe Monaghan, CEO of Worldwide Logistics Group.

    U.S. manufacturing orders in China are down 40 percent, according to the latest CNBC Supply Chain Heat Map data. As a result of the decrease in orders, Worldwide Logistics tells CNBC it is expecting Chinese factories to shut down two weeks earlier than usual for the Chinese Lunar New Year — Chinese New Year's Eve falls on Jan. 21 next year. The seven days after the holiday are considered a national holiday.

    "Many of the manufacturers will be closed in early January for the holiday, which is much earlier than last year," Monaghan said.

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    Asia-based global shipping firm HLS warned clients in a recent communication about the ocean transport business climate.

    "It seems to be a very bad time for the shipping industry. We have the combination of declining demands and overcapacity as new tonnage enters the market," it wrote.

    HLS analysts are predicting a further 2.5% decline in container volumes and a nearly 5-6% increase in capacity in 2023, which will continue to negatively impact freight rates in 2023.

    "The container shipping market will be further complicated by economic uncertainty, geopolitical concerns, and also the increasingly heated market competition," HLS wrote.

    OL USA CEO Alan Baer tells CNBC that there are some early signs of an inventory correction. Overall business volume and order flow out of Asia continue to be muted as carriers cancel more vessels, and there is little upside momentum leading into Chinese New Year. But Baer said, "Space has already tightened, so while demand is soft, space may be at a premium in January and throughout Q1. On the plus side, inventory depletion and the need to restart the order and delivery cycle appears to be inching upward."

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    The large West Coast ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have experienced the largest drop in trade, according to Josh Brazil, vice president of supply chain insights at Project44, as shippers also rerouted some of their shipments to the East Coast to avoid the risk of a major union strike at West Coast ports.

    HLS expects most carriers to extend their West Coast rates until December 14, holding at $1,300-$1,400 per forty-foot equivalent containers (FEU). However, U.S. East Coast rates are expected to drop by $200 or $300 to average $3,200-3,300 per FEU in the first half of December.

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    The fight for vessel space, the rollovers of cargo, and the slow trucking is tracked by the CNBC Supply Chain Heat Map.

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