Fit Grannies: Ophelia Bakon

ophelia head wrapAt 67, Ophelia Bakon is fit, fabulous and full of life.  This divorced mother of three sons, six grands and one great grand believes age is just a number and has the lifestyle to prove it.  As a child of God, she audaciously lives her best life now, with an intentional focus on the mind, body and spirit. From yoga and calisthenics to clean eating and holistic health, Ophelia taps into her inner strength, recognizes her spiritual power, takes control and lives her life like it’s golden.

Born in rural Georgia in 1947, Ophelia the fifth of six children, worked in the cotton fields in her hometown of Covington, alongside her brother and sisters, until the family relocated to Massachusetts in 1959. From very humble beginnings, Ophelia understood the power of the mind at an early age.  Although poor, she had a rich mind and dreamed big and attributes her ambition and subsequent success to her sister Fannie.

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Defying the odds, Ophelia studied business at Boston University Metro College, received a cosmetology certificate from Wilfred Academy and is state certified to teach wardrobe from the Academie Moderne.  As a child, she played dress up in her mother’s clothes to pass time as an alternative to television as there were none in the home, resulting in a keen sense of style. With such a passion for fashion, it’s no surprise that Ophelia combined business, fashion and beauty to create a career for herself.  The self-proclaimed fashionista, began producing fashion shows in the mid 70s, launched a wardrobe consulting firm with her equally fashionable sisters-shortly thereafter and in 1985, with $3,000 and a dream the Nouveau Fashion Gallery was born. A true entrepreneur Ophelia, manages the daily operations of the boutique located in the exclusive Copley Plaza.  She is the face of the only Black owned clothing store in the mall and has effectively established Nouveau Fashion Gallery as a staple in the downtown Boston community.