Tales of Women: Model Survived The Last Depression, Will Manage This One, Too
Mar 16, 2009 17:48
"I've come from where I've come from in life the hard way, like most
people. I was never one to spend any money that I hadn't earned, and I
never envied what anyone else had."
"What goes on today is over-the-top, and more Mike Todd than Mike Todd ever dreamed up. And I find it dysfunctional to a large degree, and what's dysfunctional is the public that supports it. [...] It's up to every woman and man to look in the mirror and know
themselves. To know their social agenda, where they work — you know,
dress for the occasion, and certainly dress within your means. Nothing
is so important — to me, anyway — to go into debt to look a certain
Carmen Dell'Orefice, who will turn 78 this June, started modeling at the age of 14, and earned her first Vogue cover after less than a year in the business. She's worked with great photographers from Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, and Irving Penn, to Mario Testino and Tim Walker. Just two weeks ago, she took a turn on the catwalk in London for the label Qasimi. For depth of fashion industry knowledge and experience, you can't go past Dell'Orefice, and this weekend, she talked to National Public Radio's Liane Hansen about her career and the future of fashion.
Her comments about the economy might strike some as condescending — as a supermodel with a more than 60-year career behind her, including stints as a spokesmodel for Revlon and Clairol, and ongoing contracts as a face of brands like Rolex and Target, it'd be natural to assume that she probably has a different notion of hardship than the rest of us. In fact, Dell'Orefice was one of the many who recently lost money — in her case, her life savings — to Bernard Madoff's ponzi scheme.
Dell'Orefice had this to say:
"I have to hand it to designers like Isaac Mizrahi, who reshaped and designed Target, and at a price range for not just the middl
e class but the poorer middle class. And he is a fine designer.
[...] Everything should be affordable, because we're a country of such
innovation. And some of the prices of things, it's irrational. You
shouldn't be a fashion victim. Fashion is meant for every individual to
describe their individuality, not to copy one another, but to inspire
Is that picture really worth your life? Here's one shocking fact: the death toll for selfies in 2015 is higher than that of shark attacks. It's hard to make sense of the number of people dying because they were trying to take a picture of themselves. In fact, it doesn't make sense at all. Read more
Here's viral video star Choi Somi. We last saw her in the 'Wiggle Wiggle' video and now she's back wearing a bikini of sorts. In fact, this might propel her to more fame since a lot of people thought she looked a lot like Girls Generation member Yoona. Read more
It looks like Yanet Garcia won't star a weatherwoman for long right after pictures of her went viral. She's just been tapped by a magazine for a hot lingerie photoshoot. We guess more things are coming her way for sure. Check it out below: Read more