World’s oldest working model Carmen Dell’Orefice turns 80

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

The veteran model this weekend celebrated her 80th birthday as she continues to be a hit on the catwalk.

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

Still got it: Octogenarian Carmen Dell'Orifice is still in high demand for catwalk shows and campaignsStill got it: Octogenarian Carmen Dell’Orifice is still in high demand for catwalk shows and campaigns

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

Ms Dell’Orefice has become a stalwart of the modelling world, who has captivated photographers, illustrators and designers with poise and elegance that are enhanced by her chic silver hairstyle.

She had a troubled childhood and spent much of her early years living in foster homes and with relatives.

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.

The style icon and birthday girl has been modelling ever since she got on the cover of Vogue in 1946 at 15 years old.

Worker: Carmen Dell Orifice has been working since she has her first Vogue cover aged 15Worker: Carmen Dell Orifice has been working since she has her first Vogue cover aged 15

The champion for greying locks was born to Italian and Hungarian parents.

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

In an age obsessed with youth and beauty, Carmen Dell’Orefice is a welcome reminder that the two are not inextricably linked.


Daily Mail Reporter


13:41 GMT, 4 June 2011

Strike a pose: The grey haired beauty has captivated photographers with her poise and elegance

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