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21st June 2017

Mary Bartnicki, 86

‘Grandma Mary’ became a You Tube sensation along with her two sisters after a video of them all discussing the Kim Kardashian sex tape went viral, getting almost four million hits. They have since appeared on Oprah and launched their own YouTube channel, 3GoldenSistersTV. Bolder met and photographed Mary at her home in Los Angeles.

“I was a hairdresser most of my life – doing that job you listen to people all day long and you become a bit of a psychologist. You go home grateful for what you’ve got. It made me feel one of the luckiest people in the world – even though I knew I wasn’t. I grew up in the Bronx and dropped out of school early. Growing up in New York, you get an education without an education. You’re outdoors all the time, you quickly learn what life is all about. There were six of us kids and we were very poor, but we loved each other. Money isn’t happiness.

If you think you’re going to change someone, you can’t. You can change yourself maybe, but not someone else.

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