Carmen Dell’Orefice, was born in New York City, June 3, 1931 to Giuseppe Dell’Orefice, a symphony violinist and his wife Margaret, a Hungarian dancer. She appeared on the October 1947 cover of Vogue, at age 15, one of the youngest cover models ever. She is still a very popular model, earning up to $100,000 a day.
Worked with the most famous fashion photographers including Irving Penn, Cecil Beaton, Horst P. Horst, John Rawlings, Francesco Scavullo, Norman Parkinson, Mark Shaw and Richard Avedon. Became Salvador Dali muse. She is the honorary chairwoman of the National Osteoporosis Foundation. And yes, she is half italian.
“My life has been amazing,” she sighs. “How many other ladies can say that the snapshot on their senior citizen’s card was taken by Norman Parkinson?”
Any secrets to share?
“Never smoked, never did drugs, very little alcohol. I only eat fresh vegetables. In the past I did silicone injections and bone implants. I did what I did when I had to do it, with the help of this great doctor, but unfortunately he passed, so now I just age naturally. I was a ballet dancer, I still practice barre au sol, I swim. 5 years ago I broke my neck, since then I have knee pain. I’m getting old!”