The Inspirational Stories Of 5 Successful Fashion Models Over 65

Today marks the starts of the biannual New York Fashion Week, where hundreds of designers show off their latest fashion creations. Fashion week is where the fashion industry’s most influential people gather to decide on the trends of the season. Fashion is something everyone can enjoy. Clothes allow you to use your creativity and express your personality. During Fashion Week we can ooh and aah over the gorgeous clothes and be inspired to create fun outfits that make us feel great.

In honor of New York Fashion Week, we are going to take a look at 5 inspirational models who happen to be over the age of 65. Many of today’s models are very young, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t models breaking the stereotypes. These beautiful models show us the glamour, grace, and power that comes with life experience. 


Carmen Dell’Orefice

The stunning Carmen Dell’Orefice, age 83, has been modeling since she was 15. Her illustrious career began with a bang when she was featured on the cover of Vogue magazine in 1947. She has since worked with many celebrated photographers, and has been the face for luxury brands. However, she began from a humble background, and at first modeled only to help support her parents. She often took odd jobs for a bit of extra cash before she was asked to model. An often-told story is how her family didn’t have a phone, so her agent would send a boy to her apartment with a note to fetch her for her shoots. She has now modeled for almost 70 years, and is in demand all around the world.

Daphne Selfe

Daphne Selfe, age 85, began her 60+ year modeling career in the 1950s. At age 20, while working in a department store, Daphne won the local newspaper’s modeling competition. She began by wearing furs and holding cigarettes in advertisements. (“And I didn’t even smoke!” she reminisces.) Daphne worked steadily as a model, dancer, and television and film extra throughout her life. At 70, she got her big break as a top model when she appeared in Vogue magazine and won a modeling contract. She has since appeared in campaigns for Moschino, Dolce & Gabbana, Nivea, Gap, and Olay. She creates a striking picture with her elegant neckline and long grey hair. In April 2014 she was officially awarded the Guinness World Record for the world’s oldest supermodel. Her advice? “You should keep looking nice, it makes you feel so much better.”

Jacqueline Murdock

Jacqueline Murdock became a model at the age of 82. She was photographed for a senior style blog and caught the eye of Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz who hired her to model his 2012 fall collection. Jacqueline previously worked as a dancer at the Apollo theater in New York City and worked and studied at NYU, earning three degrees.  Jacqueline says that “from a young age, I wanted to model [and] to go to Paris. The opportunity was not there at my time for women of color. I’ve always loved style and fashion.” She always wanted to go to Paris, and this was the opportunity she was waiting for. She says she’s often photographed on the streets of New York, and that her “grandson says I should make a t-shirt that says, ‘Don’t ask, just take the picture.’”


Lauren Hutton

With a gap between her front teeth and girl-next-door looks, Lauren Hutton is a popular model and commercial spokesperson. She has appeared on the cover of Vogue a record number of times, had a 14 page spread in Vogue, and has earned more than any other model within a decade-long period. At 70, she believes in dressing to feel good about yourself. In addition to working for Revlon cosmetics and Calvin Klein, she has done TV and film work. She has created her own line of cosmetics line, and is a cheerleader for wrinkles, which she calls “our medals of the passage of life.”

Linda Rodin

Chic and contemporary, Linda Rodin had a long career behind the scenes of the fashion industry. In the late 60s she had a stint in modeling, but it was in 2011 that she began to focus on her work in front of the camera, and is now a top-tier model with a full page feature in Vogue to her credit. Linda has not succumbed to the pressure to look younger. She has never gotten a facelift and never dyed her hair, which went grey in her mid 30s. Linda embraces her age, saying “I’m never going to look younger; it’s a folly. At the end of the day, I’m not going to fix anything, so I might as well embrace it.” And that strategy has definitely worked for her. She has many fun projects in the works, including modeling and her fragrance and cosmetics lines.

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These incredible women are making waves in the fashion industry. They show us all that it isn’t your age that matters – it is important to embrace your age and your style.

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