Carmen Dell'Orefice and what the wave of older models is teaching us about beauty
The next time you have 72 minutes on your hands, go and watch the documentary Advanced Style on Netflix. The doc profiles seven enormously fashionable New York City seniors, who have unbelievable clothes and wear them better than you or I ever will. When you watch, you can’t help but think “Man, can senior ladies rock high fashion. Why is it again that every model in a magazine is 19?”
Well, the fashion industry is finally seeing the light of day and realizing that senior citizens make for amaaaaze models. The high end brand Celine recently used the Patron Saint of Good Writing Joan Didion, 80, as a model, while Patron Saint of Breakup Songs Joni Mitchell, 72, recently graced the cover of New York Magazine’s Fashion Issue AND is now modeling for Yves Saint Laurent. And, of course, there’s Carmen Dell’Orefice who, at age 83, is considered to be the world’s oldest supermodel and she just landed a gorgeous new cover on the front of New You:
Dell’Orefice has been modeling for 70 years now (girl started posing when she was 13) the Huffington Post reports, and even with ALL that professional/life experience, she by no means feels like she’s mastered the game.
“We’re all works of art in progress,” she explained in her interview with New You. “I’m still figuring out how to do the job, and who I am!”
In the same interview, Dell’ Orefice explains that advancing in age has not stopped or stalled her career, but rather, it’s MADE it:
“I have had more magazine covers in the last 25 years than I have had in my whole elongated career. Today I am in a territory that business considers unmarketable: age and white hair. Slowly, however, I started to own that territory little by little because I stood up for age.”
And just in case you’re wondering if doing the same job for 70 years gets old, Dell’Orefice assures us it does not:
“When you understand how to do that dance, when the photographer says, ‘Hold it, do it,’ and you know you’re getting it right. Oh, the fun. It is fun.”
Senior models like Dell’Orefice are sending the coolest message to the fashion world: Being beautiful doesn’t exclusively mean being young. You can be gorgeous at ANY age and it’s about time the media we see reflects that diversity of beauty.