Fashion Icon Carmen Dell’Orefice on Love, Sex & Secrets To Her Success
ONLY ONE DEVASTATINGLY BEAUTIFUL WOMAN CAN CLAIM THE moniker of “the world’s oldest working super model.” Standing statuesque at 5’9” tall, Carmen Dell’Orefice, age 83, is a living legend, possessing equal parts humility, grace, and beauty—the kind over which wars have been waged. She defies all odds, still walking the runways after seven decades in the fashion industry.
She’s charming, sharp, and lovelier than ever. So, how exactly does Carmen remain so in demand? How does she keep it all together while sidestepping critical stares? What about the childhood struggles, the three marriages, the investment losses, and the physical pain that might stop a normal mortal in her tracks? Perhaps it boils down to this word: resilience. Good old-fashioned fortitude, minus any trace of diva, is her nature.
Today, we meet for an intimate chat at the tony St. Regis Hotel in New York—coincidentally, the locate n of her first modeling job, posing for Salvador Dali at age 13. Everyone is transfixed by her presence—those arresting cheekbones; her signature, full-bodied white hair; long and graceful limbs; that exquisite smile. Yet I’m invited past the façade. The outsides are the brand known as “Carmen,” which belie the modest soul that lives inside her.
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