5 gorgeous models who will change the way you think about ageing


5 gorgeous models who will change the way you think about ageing

The world's oldest professional model began her second career at the age of 73

By ELLE team  May 12th, 2017

If there was ever a perfect definition of the term #GrowingOldGoals, it’s these ladies who do not let a number define what they can or cannot do. From 61-year-old Yazemeenah Rossi, who was discovered and launched as a model at the age of 45 to Daphne Selfe, a former runway regular who returned to her craft at the age of 73, these gorgeous women are breaking all the conventions previously held by the society about age defining beauty and, in their case, marketability.

Whether it’s the runway or the glossy pages of a magazine, these models are in the forefront of the conversation for age diversity in fashion.

5 models who defy age-old stereotypes

Daphne Selfe, 89

The world’s oldest model, or so her Instagram bio proclaims, has been modelling since 1949. She gave fashion a break in the '60s after getting married and having three kids. She was rediscovered at the age of 73, when she was asked to appear on the catwalk for Red or Dead. This soon paved the way for more editorials shot by some of the most well-known photographers, including Mario Testino, and campaigns for brands like Dolce and Gabbana. Cliche as it may be, age is just a number for her, “Some older people seem to lose their enthusiasm for dressing up or making themselves look nice, which is a shame,” she said in an interview.

Yazemeenah Rossi, 61

Rossi got her big break at the age of 45, mainly due to her now-signature white hair and flawless skin. Since then, she has appeared on numerous magazine covers and fashion campaigns for brands like Marks and Spencers. She had most of the internet scrambling to look for hints of airbrushing on her completely unlined figure, after she started posting pictures of herself in a bikini on Instagram. But there’s no Photoshop involved there, people. Her secret? Daily application of olive oil all over her body and a weekly scrub made with olive oil and sugar. Her fitness secret is also deceptively simple. Eat right and exercise daily, but don’t feel guilty if you've missed a workout or two.

Maye Musk, 68

While she finds the title of an ‘It’ girl hilarious, Maye Musk is, in fact, that and more. She is the mother of Elon Musk, Tesla CEO and a regular fixture at Times Square in New York with her face fronting major brand campaigns. She also made an appearance in the music video of Haunted by Beyoncé in 2013. “I’m living proof that [you can] find work for an older woman. I’ve never worked as much as I do now,” Musk says in an interview with Vanity Fair.

She started modelling at the age of 15, while simultaneously studying to be a dietician. This might explain the fact that at almost 70, she can give the fittest models a run for their money. She attributes this to eating what feels right for her body. 

Carmen Dell’Orefice, 85

Carmen Dell’Orefice has been modelling for the past 70 years and has no intention of stopping. She made a stunning picture as she closed the Guo Pei Spring/Summer 2017 show, at the Paris Fashion Week earlier this year, in a deep red beaded lace ensemble. She doesn’t let her age factor in what she loves doing. “I have had more magazine covers in the last 25 years than I have had in my whole elongated career. Today, I am in a territory that business considers unmarketable: age and white hair. Slowly, however, I started to own that territory little by little because I stood up for age,” she admitted in an interview for New You.

The secret to it all? Good genes and a metabolism that works overtime. She claims to eat whatever she wants, whenever she wants, especially her guilty pleasure- Ice cream. 

Loulou Van Damme, 73

Isla ‘Loulou’ Van Damme is a designer, stylist and model. She moved to India, at the age of three, with her Belgian parents and spent her growing years divided between India, London and Brussels, before moving back to India for good at 50. Van Damme has been credited for designing Mumbai’s designer concept store Bungalow 8. She modelled some of the most daring beauty trends for our July 2016 issue and redefined the term ‘age appropriate’.