With Age comes Ageless Beauty

 “Age is merely the number of years the world has been enjoying you.”

Not long ago, I was asked which model is most inspiring to me. Unexpectedly, my answer seems surprising to most. Of course there’s the beautiful Gisele Bündchen, Kate Moss, and Cara Delevingne. However, when it comes to inspiration, model Carmen Dell’Orefice does just that. I hear quite often of people’s love for fashion, however if you don’t know who Carmen is, then you should expand your knowledge and love by learning about her.

Born June 3rd, 1931, Carmen became a model in 1947. At age 15 she had already earned the cover shot of Vogue Magazine. Spectacular doesn’t begin to describe her amazing journey and accomplishments. Not only is she defined by her work, but her social and love life as well.

In the world of high fashion, runways, photo shoots, and glitz and glam, she remains the oldest. Even in the midst of her age, her presence at fashion shows creates moment’s big designers and models carry with them for a lifetime.

I’m not the only one who considers Carmen a role model of ageless beauty. Karl Ledgerfield, head designer of Chanel, also considers her his favorite. “If there is someone in this world who personifies class and elegance it’s Carmen. No one can stop looking at her while she’s doing her thing on the runaway” says Ledgerfield

In 1958, she retired from the domain of runways and studios. In 1978 nevertheless, riddled with bankruptcy and lack of work, she decided it was time to return. Of course, the fashion world welcomed her back with arms wide open, as she received a standing ovation in her stunning red dress at the last Singapore Fashion Week.

Carmen Dell’Orefice is proof that beauty, style, and talent can become better with time, like a fine wine. No matter what age you are, or what circumstances might be, you are special, and you still have something unique to offer. Your life, because of who you are, has meaning.

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“Beleza, estilo e talento não conhecem idade”

Semana passada me perguntaram que modelo me inspira e por incrível que pareça minha resposta surpreendeu algumas pessoas. Tirando a lindíssima Gisele Bündchen, Kate Moss e Cara Delevingne uma das modelos que mais me inspira é Carmen Dell’Orefice. Se diz apaixonado por moda e nunca ouviu falar nela?! Come on… Que tal se informar mais sobre o assunto e esta mulher sensacional?!

Carmen Dell’Orefice nasceu em 3 de junho de 1931 e se tornou modelo em 1947. Aos 15 anos foi a capa da Vogue, uma das revistas mais importantes no mundo da moda. Sua trajetória é tão espetacular quanto as lendas em torno de sua vida e seus romances.

Nas passarelas e fotos de moda, ela reina absoluta como a mais idosa das modelos de primeira linha no mundo e sua presença num fashion show é arrebatadora. Pelo visto ela não é apenas uma das minhas modelos favoritas mas também é uma das modelos favoritas do famoso designer Karl Legerfeld. “Se existe alguém neste mundo que personifica classe e elegância, é Carmen, uma mulher que, aos 83 anos, consegue fazer com que seus olhos não desgrudem dela” – Karl Legerfeld

Em 1958 se “aposentou” dos estúdios e passarelas para retornar triunfalmente em 1978 por razões nada glamourosas: estava falida e precisava trabalhar. O mundo da moda a recebeu de braços abertos e desde então não para de trabalhar. Na recente Singapura Fashion Week ela foi aplaudida de pé, demoradamente, ao desfilar com um esvoaçante longo e vermelho.

Pra mim e outras pessoas como Karl Legerfeld, Carmen Dell’Orefice é a prova de que beleza, estilo e talento não conhecem idade e sim dedicação e amor ao que faz.

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