Saturday, June 4, 2011

Oldest Working Model, Turns 80!

An 80-year-old model sounds like a fashion oxymoron, like stylish Crocs or flattering Spandex. But style icon Carmen Dell'Orefice proves that working the runway as an octogenarian is not only possible, but pretty darn fabulous.

The veteran model, who celebrates her 80th birthday Friday, got her start on a cover of Vogue in 1947 at a mere 15 years old. Dell'Orefice went on to pose for photography legends like Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Cecil Beaton, and Norman Parkinson, creating some pretty iconic images in the process.

She hasn't stopped working since -- while many a senior citizen is walking with a cane, the agelessly elegant Dell'Orefice continues to strut the runway in her signature white-haired glory, appearing for John Galliano in 2000, Herm├Ęs in 2004, and Alberta Ferretti just this year.

Check out a handful of images of the woman often called "the world's oldest working model."
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Still got it: Octogenarian Carmen Dell'Orifice is still in high demand for catwalk shows and campaigns



The grey-haired beauty is still in demand and this year walked at Alberta Ferretti's Pitti Uomo show and Adrienne Vittadini's Lincoln Center presentation.

In her 66 year career, Ms Dell'Orefice has graced the cover of Vogue six times and been the face of 14 cosmetic campaigns.

She had posed for photography legends including Richard Avedon, Irvin Penn, Cecil Beaton and Norman Parkinson.

 

Vintage: Carmen Dell'Orifice has been the face of 14 beauty campaigns



Her big break came in 1946 when she became one of the youngest ever cover girls for Vogue.

She appeared in the December issue as Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and Cinderella.

Ms Dell'Orefice has been married three times and has one daughter.

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