Darlings, here is your Gorgeous of the Day. Lucky for you, it’s also your Life Goal for the Day. Supermodel Extraordinaire (all others are mere pretenders) Carmen Dell’Orefice serves up bone structure, attitude, and experience for You mag. We’ve long adored her and even got to speak very briefly to her at Fashion Week a couple of seasons ago. For the record, this is really what she looks like in person. Oh sure, there’s always photoshoppery in every editorial, but she really is luminous, aristocratic and smooth-skinned in the way she appears in her pictures. The only time she looked anything close to her age (EIGHTY-TWO, BITCHES. MODELLING FOR ALMOST SEVENTY YEARS BOW DOWN I SAID BOW DOWN RIGHT NOW) was when she struggled slightly to get out of her chair when we asked her if we could take a picture.
Carmen Dell’Orefice covers the lastet issue of You Magazine shot by MoDa’s Touch.
“As a model I didn’t have an identity; I was a chameleon, a silent actress. I was an amorphous thing. I wasn’t full of personality, I was full of solitude and solemnity. I wasn’t a cover-girl type. I’ve had more covers in the past 15 years than I had in all the years before that.”
“There is no way I would have got to see so much of the world, with my humble background, without modelling. We were penniless and hungry for most of my youth. I washed sheets in the bathtub in my bedroom and hung them out of the window on the clothes line, which in winter was difficult as the sheets would freeze and get stuck on the line.”
“It took me half my life to understand who I was. How I could I be true to anything when I didn’t know myself? I am able to be truer and truer with myself the older I get, but I am still a work in progress. You don’t have to like me, but I’m not going to please someone for the sake of their approval.”
She’ll never die, darlings. At the end, she will walk a runway, make one final spin in front of the cameras, give that glorious, knowing smile of hers, and ascend to the heavens, where she will become our Goddess of Fabulous forever more.
Oh, and your life goal is not to look like a supermodel at 82, because let’s face it; genetics and some cosmetic sweetening had almost everything to do with how Carmen looks. No, your goal is to remember to be fabulous every day of your life, no matter your age, shape or size. If an 82-year-old can walk a runway in heels and 40 pounds of couture, can’t we all slap on a little lip color or put on some snazzy shoes just to get through our day looking and feeling like we own it?
[Photo Credit: MoDa’s Touch]