Friday, April 20, 2012

Daphne and Carmen: Octogenarian Supermodels

Beauty is not the sole property of the young. I recently discovered the modeling work of Daphne Self, born in 1928 and Carmen Dell’Orefice  (pictured at the left), born in 1931.  Both are still working as of the date of this blog post.

Advertisers are growing savvy to the fact that older women control a lot of wealth. She-conomy passes on this fact: "Senior women age 50 and older control net worth of $19 trillion and own more than three-fourths of the nation’s financial wealth."

Because a picture is worth a thousand words, search for Daphne and Carmen on Google Images.  Or click on the links below where I have done that for you.

While we are on the subject of mature beauty, please investigate the work of Ari Seth Cohen who maintains the blog Advanced Style. He roams the streets of Manhattan, photographing beautiful women who just happen to be older adults. 

Not only are these women an inspiration for their age mates, they demonstrate the power that beauty, poise and elegance can bring to women of every age. 
When you are surfing the images above, please share a favorite photo of Daphne, Carmen of the women photographed in Advanced style. Just post a link in the comment section. Or point out another mature woman who exemplifies beauty in her 60s, 70s, 80s, and beyond. 

Edited 4/26/12 to Add: Since writing the above post, I was reminded of the modeling done by nonagenarian Iris Apfel (born August 29, 1921), who was selected as a spokesperson for MAC Cosmetics at age 90.
Recently, the Peabody Essex Museum hosted an exhibit of Apfel's clothing. 

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  1. I love the topics you're covering. They did a really fascinating exhibit at the Annenberg Space For Photography in L.A. called Beauty CULTure.

  2. Shannon: Thanks for the top about the exhibit. And thanks for stopping by the blog.