Model Carmen Dell'Orefice: World's Oldest Runway Model?

Carmen+Dell'Orefice in Adrienne Vittadini - Presentation - Fall 2011 Mercedes-Benz Fashion WeekModel Carmen Dell'Orefice walks the runway during the Vittadini Fall 2011 presentation during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Box at Lincoln Center on February 16, 2011 in New York City. (Getty Images)more pics »
Carmen Dell'Orefice (Getty Images) Carmen Dell'Orefice scored her first Vogue cover at the tender age of 15. Now, 65 years later, she's still modeling, despite an unfortunate case of arthritis.

Orefice, profiled in The Daily Telegraph this week, once retired in her twenties after marrying photographer Richard Heimann. She was compelled to return to work after bumping into another photographer, Norman Parkinson, who reportedly told her she looked good "for an old bag, and that I should go back to work." Since then, there have been campaigns for Rolex, Cho Cheng, and Isaac Mizrahi for Target. She also suffered a huge financial lost after investing with Bernie Madoff in the 1990s.

When Dell'Orefice isn't on the catwalk—she recently suited up for Adrienne Vittadini's Fall 2011 show—she's often a presence in the front row.

See more Carmen Dell'Orefice photos:
  • Carmen Dell'Orefice in 15th Annual ACE Awards - Arrivals
  • Carmen Dell'Orefice in Chado Ralph Rucci - Front Row - Spring 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
  • Carmen Dell'Orefice in Seen Around Lincoln Center - Day 7 - Spring 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
  • Carmen Dell'Orefice in Stephane Rolland: Front Row - Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture F/W 2011/2012
  • Carmen Dell'Orefice in The 2011 New York City Ballet Spring Gala
  • Carmen Dell'Orefice in Joanna Mastroianni Fall 2011 Collection
  • Carmen Dell'Orefice in Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2011 - Official Coverage - Best Of Runway Day 7
  • Carmen Dell'Orefice in Adrienne Vittadini - Presentation - Fall 2011 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
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