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'80s supermodel Carol Alt, 62, credits raw food diet for youthful physique at SI Swimsuit runway show

At age 62, Carol Alt is proud of her svelte shape.

The ‘80s supermodel, who made her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit debut in 1981, recently walked the SI Swimsuit runway show during Miami Swim Week.

The former cover girl strutted down the catwalk rocking a Nordstrom white snap one-piece and matching Gigi C sarong, the outlet revealed. She also sported a cobalt blue deep plunge bikini with a matching cinched cover-up.

Brooks Nader, one of the four 2023 cover girls, opened the show alongside her three younger sisters, the outlet reported. Camille Kostek, the 2019 cover star, also returned for her sixth runway appearance. She was joined by 2022 co-Rookies of the Year Christen Harper and Katie Austin.

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A side-by-side photo of Carol Alt wearing a blue swimsuit on the runway

Carol Alt, left, and several other SI Swimsuit veterans closed out the show to a cheering crowd. (Getty Images)

Her last SI Swimsuit appearance was nearly 10 years ago.

“I love it, it was so much fun!” Alt told DailyMail.com about being part of the show. “‘It was quite a long runway. Halfway through I just couldn’t be straight-faced anymore. I had to smile and laugh and interact with the wonderful crowd that was there. They were very supportive and cheered us on.”

The diet is known for consisting of natural, less-altered ingredients. According to Women’s Health magazine, the foods are cooked below 118 degrees Fahrenheit. The outlet noted the foods include fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, nuts, seeds, extra-virgin olive oil and raw coconut oil. The raw food diet cuts down on processed ingredients and instead boosts more fruits and veggies.

Alt previously told Parade magazine she eats “clean, organic unprocessed food.” 

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Carol Alt leaning into Rachel Hunter as both women wear black

Models Rachel Hunter, left, and Carol Alt attend the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 50th anniversary party  in New York City on Feb. 18, 2014. (Jim Spellman/WireImage)

“The amazing thing about my change of diet to raw was that I was able to eat more, I was never hungry, I was never feeling bad, and I always had energy,” she shared. “And today raw is everywhere! Once you know what to look for, you will be shocked at how readily available, delicious and healing it is.”

Back in 2017, Alt explained to Fox News Digital what compelled her to revamp her lifestyle.

“I have to say it started out as a vanity thing,” she said at the time. “I was on a shoot, I was 34–35 years old. There was a 22-year-old model… The whole set just gravitated toward her because she had this energy and exuberance for life. She was jumping around and having a good time… she put me to shame. She really did. I just watched her in fascination.”

According to Alt, it was a friend who suggested the raw food diet. And after giving it a shot, she began to feel good about herself again.

Carol Alt wearing a light blue sundress

Alt has written several books about her diet and lifestyle. (Daniele Venturelli/Getty Images)

“All those things that ailed me, I didn’t think about anymore,” she insisted. “Like heartburn, headaches, sinuses, infection — I’ve never been bothered by them again. It was almost an immediate relief from those issues. We’re not being told all of these are related to food. We’re just told, ‘Buy a pill.’ Changing my diet was all I needed to do.”

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