Meet Carmen Dell’Orefice who, in addition to having one of the more interesting names I’ve ever seen, is an incredibly striking runway model who walked multiple times during NYFW. She also happens to be an octogenarian. A timeless icon with many instantly recognizable photos, she has continued to defy the traditional mindset that a supermodel’s career is over by the time she hits 30 or so (unless she’s a Victoria’s Secret Angel). Plus, she could be seen with a certain male Olympian who’s been getting more and more recognition for his style lately.
In an industry that glorifies youth and encourages the pursuit of maintaining that youth forever and ever and ever, it’s wonderful to see high fashion designers take an interest in having non-teen/early 20s models participating in their shows. Sure, it could be a publicity thing similar to American Apparel’s, but it doesn’t matter too much to me either way. Hopefully someday, it will become a norm rather than an oh-so-special occasion, but that transition cannot begin without some intense first steps.
My favorite thing about her is the way she looks so natural, like she just obliviously aged this way, without anybody including herself realizing she was getting any older. She also seems like she truly loves what she’s doing. In the shot above of her walk at the 2005 Heart of Truth show in New York, Dell’Orifice looks serene and completely comfortable. Oftentimes, models look stiff or displeased (which is often the desired “look,” so that’s not necessarily on them), so it’s really pleasant to watch a happy person strut down the runway. As a person who can’t even walk in heels properly, I envy her quite a bit.
Lovelies, what do you think about Dell’Orifice’s NSFW appearances?