Bella Hadid, 20, and Kendall Jenner, 21, frequented the couture shows in Paris this week, but Carmen Dell'Orefice, 85, might be the true runway star. On Wednesday night, the model closed the show for Guo Pei (the couturier behind Rihanna's iconic 2015 Met Gala look) covered in blood-red crystals and cascading lace. She, literally looking like an actual queen, was escorted down the catwalk by two young men.
The crystallized headpiece atop her
Dell'Orefice, the "World's Oldest Working Model," joins the ranks of other older models who've recently graced the catwalk, such as those at the Vetements couture show on Tuesday, and others who appeared in shows like Tome, J.
Together, these models are defying ageism on the runway, and their progress is showing in numbers. The Spring 2017 fashion month was the most diverse one in recent history, boasting more models aged over 50 than "any other season in recent memory," according to The Fashion Spot.
From: Harper's Bazaar
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