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Mum-of-five, 54, reveals the health and fitness secrets behind her lean physique

A fifty four year old woman with five children has revealed the health tricks she swears by for ageing gracefully - without the help of surgery and Botox.  

Model Violet Trikilis, who is based in Melbourne, Australia, was first scouted by photographer Helmut Gensen at a rock concert when she was 17.

'I was watching the band Cold Chisel and was spotted by Helmut from modelling agency, Chadwicks. We dated and I was introduced to the modelling world,' Violet said.

The industry in the eighties saw models 'living off cigarettes and coffee' and Violet, who was 179cm, was surviving off 1,000 calories a day, weighing in at just 54 kilos. 

Model Violet Trikilis, who is based in Melbourne, Australia, was first scouted by photographer Helmut Gensen at a rock concert when she was 17

The industry in the eighties saw models 'living off cigarettes and coffee' and Violet, who was 179cm, was surviving off 1,000 calories a day, weighing in at just 54 kilos (left as a child, right at 18)

'I had to almost starve myself as my bone structure is quite large, so I've always looked slim but five kilos underweight; a bag of walking, hungry bones,' she said.

A lover of food the stunning brunette took a step back from the world of fashion after five years, instead choosing to enter a new phase: Fulltime motherhood.

What are her best health tips?

* Ditch any thoughts of surgery and just embrace the natural ageing process.

* Walk five kilometres four times a week to keep your lithe frame.

* Apply factor 50 sunscreen as a moisturiser every day.

* Eat within moderation. If you have a big meal one day, eat lighter the next.

She had her daughter Paris, now 34, at 20 and over the next 13 years had four more children, Samantha (29), Mia (25), Jamie-Lee (23) and Daniel (21).

Her weight increased to a healthier 59 kilos and she was wearing size eight clothes during this time.  

'Having my five children young, I was an empty nester at the age of fifty. This is when I stopped looking after everyone else and for once I chose to look after myself,' she said.

'I looked in the mirror and saw my wrinkles appearing around my eyes and forehead, strands of silver hair coming through but I actually liked what I saw.' 

She had her daughter Paris, now 34, at 20 and over the next 13 years had four more children, Samantha (29), Mia (25), Jamie-Lee (23) and Daniel (21)

Mature models were becoming more popular, and with more acceptance placed on the natural ageing process Violet decided to return to the industry

Often asked by strangers if her daughters are her 'sisters' Violet is very proud of her figure, which she maintains by walking five kilometres four times a week and stretching regularly

Mature models were becoming more popular, and with more acceptance placed on the natural ageing process Violet decided to return to the industry. 

'I started an account on Instagram at the same time to show women of today that you can age gracefully without Botox and fillers, you can stop dying your hair, you can dress in trendy outfits and that you can eat everything in moderation,' she said.

Often asked by strangers if her daughters are her 'sisters' Violet is very proud of her figure, which she maintains by walking five kilometres four times a week and stretching regularly. 

'My diet is simple; I eat everything I love in moderation and if I overindulge one day, I'll eat light the next,' she said.

'My diet is simple; I eat everything I love in moderation and if I overindulge one day, I'll eat light the next,' she said

'This all stems from having a mother (pictured) who always took care of herself, was confident about ageing and today she is ninety-one years old; amazingly beautiful and still rocks denim jeans and loves fashion,' she said

'This all stems from having a mother who always took care of herself, was confident about ageing and today she is ninety-one years old; amazingly beautiful and still rocks denim jeans and loves fashion.

'Three years ago, if I had a couple of grey hairs, I would dwell on them and run to the hairdressers to colour them. Now I'm dye-free and I actually feel empowered and I love seeing my silver shining through my hair.'

As for her skincare regime, Violet keeps it extremely simple and relies on factor 50 sunscreen to moisturise her skin each day. 

She has amassed 18,000 followers on social media who are interested in following her journey, which you can do by visiting A Stylish Age.