SALISBURY — Oscar winner and beauty Lupita Nyong’o may grace the cover of People’s “Most Beautiful” issue on newsstands today, but it’s local Elissa Campbell who will get kudos around here for being the magazine’s pick as the most beautiful “real” woman over 50.
According to Darlene Sweeney, the owner of local talent agency WSM Talent, which represents Campbell, her 55-year-old client’s been on a whirlwind.
“Elissa knew she’d won last week, but she was sworn to secrecy,” Sweeney said yesterday. “She flew out on Monday for “The Queen Latifah Show.” That was taped on Tuesday to be aired today (Thursday). We watched the show together with a small group of friends this morning at (17 State Street Cafe). It’s exciting.”
Campbell’s recent fame hasn’t gone unnoticed in town.
“My wife, Dale, always makes me watch ‘The Queen Latifah Show’ every morning,” Salisbury Selectman Fred Knowles said yesterday. “And guess who just happened to be on the program? Ms. Campbell. It’s very impressive.”
Selectman Don Beaulieu’s first response when told Campbell had won was, “Wow!”
“I’ve dealt with her in the past when she and her husband volunteered to help out at Salisbury Community Television,” Beaulieu said. “I always thought she was a very attractive woman.”
Both Campbell, who works in marketing, and her husband, Robert, who is retired, have lived in Salisbury since 1999. They both got involved in modeling a few years ago when friends recommended it might work for them and provide a new creative outlet, which they say it has. According to the Campbells, modeling has given them a chance to grow, express themselves, experience new things and meet all types of people.
It was professional photographer Andreas Kuehn who, after taking a portfolio of head shots of her, recommended Campbell enter People’s “Real Beauty at Every Age” contest, part of People’s annual Most Beautiful issue.