At 85, Carmen Dell’Orefice Is the World’s Oldest Working Supermodel

This week in Girl Power, we take a look at Carmen Dell’Orefice, one of the world's oldest working fashion models.

Born in 1931, Carmen is an American model and actress. In 1946, the 15-year-old signed a modeling contract for $7.50 an hour with Vogue magazine and shot her first Vogue cover in 1946. Her family fell on hard times, so she roller-skated to modeling assignments to save on bus fares. She’s graced the covers of countless magazines throughout her life, earning her the title of the world’s oldest supermodel.

In 2011, Dell'Orefice celebrated her 80th birthday and surprised many when she graced the cat walk during Fashion Week. That same year, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of the Arts London, in recognition of her contribution to the fashion industry.

Though long past the usual age of high fashion models, she has continued to model for national brands like Isaac Mizrahi's clothing line at Target, as well as Cho Cheng and Rolex.

She’s proving beauty doesn’t have an age and that’s why Carmen Dell'Orefice is this week’s Girl Power.

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