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In With the Old: The New Face of Fashion
The fashion industry embraces diversity by casting these gorgeous older women.
IMAGE Wikimedia Commons & Vivienne Westwood
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Jacquie Tajah Murdock, 86

When she was 83, Tajah graced a Lanvin campaign which convinced many that 80 was the new 20. The former Apollo theater dancer had been casually strolling by Union Square when a young man stopped her to take her photo that ended up on a website. The man later informed her of Lanvin’s campaign interviews. She decided to try out and eventually got the part.

Daphne Selfe, 88

Selfe began her modeling career in 1949, when she was 21. Having grown up during World War II, she first achieved her svelte figure because of the limited food supply. After marriage, she quit modelling but found her way back to it. She has been photographed by the likes of Mario Testino and Chris Allerton and once again shot to fame when she starred in a campaign for Dolce & Gabbana in 2012. Today, she still makes public appearances and keeps a blog.

Leslie Winer, 63


Leslie Winer for Vivienne Westwood's spring/summer 2014 campaign

Jean-Paul Gaultier once dubbed this model “the first androgynous model” She landed campaigns for Valentino and Miss Dior in the '80s, and returned to modeling for Vivienne Westwood’s spring/summer campaign in 2014. She’s also an accomplished musician and poet to boot. 

Carmen dell’Orefice, 85

Octogenarian dell’Orefice is one of the world’s oldest working models. She recently made headlines earlier this year when she closed the Guo Pei runway clad in a spectacular crimson gown, escorted by two young men, and looking absolute like royalty. When asked about her career and age, she tells Forbes, “Age means nothing to me. I am, however, aware of the responsibility that comes with representing an aging generation.

Jacky O’Shaughnessy, 65

Fast-fashion brands are no stranger to celebrating older women. In 2014, American Apparel had cast Jacky O’Shaughnessy for its campaign, which featured her wearing lace lingerie with one leg up over her head. “I was game the whole time,” she says in an interview with Elle. Just last month, Jacky made the Tome catwalk.

Lauren Hutton, 73

At 73, Lauren Hutton can still stake a claim to fashion. Late last year, she walked side by side 21-year-old Gigi Hadid at the Bottega Veneta Spring 2017 anniversary show. The pairing, along with recent campaigns for Alexander Wang and J. Crew, is a testament to Hutton's staying power and relevance. In the '70s, Hutton made waves with her unusual, gap-toothed look. But her appeal has long ceased to be about oddity. She lends elegance and credibility to brands because of her graceful aging, an image of real beauty at a time obsessed with youth.

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Yasmina Rossi, 61

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Yasmina Rossi's look is something of a hybrid. She has pure white hair, which reveals her age, and the body of someone 30 years younger. She has been making headlines because of her healthy-looking and lithe body. Instead of just fashion, Rossi has been a model and poster woman for holistic lifestyle choices, making the cover and pages of health magazines.

Joan Didion, 82

In 2015, when French fashion house Celine tapped the American author, a legend in the literary world, to be the face of its spring ad campaign, the public couldn't have been more charmed. The reclusive writer had always been seen as the ultimate "cool girl" and regarded as the patron saint of female writers. In an interview with the New York Times where she was asked if she was aware of the sensation that she had caused, she answered that she "didn't have any clue."

Iris Apfel, 95

Having Iris Apfel star in Kate Spade's spring 2015 fashion campaign was almost a given. The fashion icon, interior designer, and businesswoman has long lived a life in the limelight, thanks to her iconic quirky style, business savvy, and interesting takes on life and fashion. When she was 90, she was a visiting professor at the University of Texas, sharing her expertise on textiles and apparel. She also was once the face of makeup brand M.A.C. Today, she has her own fashion line of clothes and accessories available online and at stores across the U.S. 

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