Carmen Dell'Orefice looking as fierce as ever at age 84
SHE is known within the fashion industry as being the world's oldest working model as of the Spring/Summer 2012 season.
Appearing on the cover of Vogue at the age of 15, Carmen Dell'Orefice, now 84, found her calling and has been modelling ever since.
"A lot of our society is over fifty and I like to hope that I'm a role model, not just a model," she said in an interview with Who's Hot.
This fashion icon was born in New York City to parents of Italian and Hungarian descent. She lived in foster homes or with relatives during bouts of her parents' clashes.
At the age of 13, while riding a bus to bellet class, Carmen was approached to model by the wife of photographer Herman Landschoff, although she admitted her test photos, taken at Jones Beach, turned out to be a flop.
In 1946, her godfather introduced fer to Vogue and the 15-year-old signed a modelling contract for $7.50 an hour.
She soon became one of photographer Erwin Blumenfeld's favourite models after he shot her first Vogue cover.
Carmen appeared in the December 15, 1947 issue of US Vogue as Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and Conderella along with model Dorian Leigh, actors Ray Bolger and Jose Ferrer.
She worked with the most famous fashion photographers of the era, including Irving Penn, Gleb Derujinsky, Francesco Scavullo, Norman Parkinson, and Richard Avedon.
She was also photographed by Melvin Sokolsky for Harper's Bazaar in 1960 and the image Carmen Las Meninas has been collected internationally.
Sokolsky also photographed fer for the classic Vanity Fair lingerie campaign in which Dell'Orefice obscures her face with her hand.
After reaching international stardom, the supermodel took a long break from her career to focus on her family and didn't return to modelling until 1978.
In the 1990s and 2000s she modelled for Isaac Mizahi's clothing line Target, as well as Cho Cheng and Rolex.
In June 2011, Carmen celebrated her 80th birthday and in July that year she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Univeristy of the Arts London, in recognition of her contribution to the fashion industry.
The university sponsered a retrospective exhibibition curated by illustrator and long-time friend David Downton, featureing her Vogue covers, career highlights, and photographs from her personal archives.
In 2015, Carmen collaborated with David Gandy and Isabeli Fontana in the promotion for the reopening of the department store Palacio de Hierro Polanco which was refurbished.
This store has gained popularity in America thanks to the participation of these models in the campaign, as also the luxrious brands being sold, such as Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Montblanc among others.