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Makeda Smith may be 56 years old, but her physicality exudes youth. The grandmother and business owner came across pole dancing by sheer coincidence (or fate) and has proven that “age ain’t nothing but a number” when it comes to the art.

Source: FlyingOver50 Facebook, Photography by Steven Harvey / The Perfect Image-Digital Graphics & Photography

After operating my [PR] agency, Jazzmyne Public Relations for almost 30 years I crashed financially in 2008, losing about a dozen real estate properties, my house, my cars, my dog and my man. But I Am still here and the pole has been an instrumental axis sustaining me.

I started poling when I turned 50. I am 56 now and getting younger by the moment. I hope to inspire people, but especially women and particularly older women, because it is true, we can do any thing we put our minds, heart and spirit into!

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For Smith, pole dancing revitalizes her entire being. Performing the art is not as much for others — beyond instilling inspiration — as it is for herself. Nonetheless, she has faced some cyber bullying according to an interview she did with xoNecole:

Although pole dancing assisted in anchoring her life and getting back her mojo, in July 2016, Makeda went viral for her skills – but not in a good way. She became a victim of cyberbullying, ageism, and body-shaming by commenters on websites like Worldstar and Baller Alert. Even comedian Earthquake got in on the humor when he asked, “Whose Granny is this???” 

While many might have hung up their heels and headed back to their usually scheduled agenda in light of controversy, Makeda simply shrugged her shoulders and stated, “I wasn’t fazed.”

Source: FlyingOver50 Facebook, Photography by Steven Harvey / The Perfect Image-Digital Graphics & Photography

In spite of internet haters, Smith has many who admire and are inspired by her ability and drive. That includes us here at BGLH!

Source: FlyingOver50 Facebook, Photography by Steven Harvey / The Perfect Image-Digital Graphics & Photography

Dance away, lady!