We’re starting to see faces that have experienced more in their lives, rather than trying to project some fashionista fantasy of girls before they hit puberty. With new agency Close Models, ladies beyond 80 years old are invited to join. From an industry who always seems to lust after the next youthful thing, they’ve finally seemed to learn that youth can come from the inside, as well. Older women are the real role models we need, not baby-faced aliens who can’t relate to any of our life experiences. Be sure to watch Ari Cohen’s doc on Netflix, “Advanced Style”, which chronicles fashionable ladies over 50, one of which is the first star of our list!
93 year old Iris has been a fashion icon for years. A particularly striking shoot that shows just how much style really matters over vanity, would be her shoot next to the Victoria’s Secret angel, Karlie Kloss. Most people would wither in the presence of the angel and disappear in the shot, but Iris managed to dominate it fully, making Karlie have to work hard as well! Iris has also been the face of Alexis Bittar.
This 63 year old American Apparel model defies all stereotypes about age by working with this infamously provocative company. She represents a gorgeous generation about models who don’t care about people judging their age – instead, they take their lives with a newer, and fresher freedom. She doesn’t try to hide her flowing white locks, but embraces them, and looks like an ethereal fairy in the process.
66 year old Linda Rodin modeled for the Olsen twins’ brand, The Row. Their robe-like concoctions often drown smaller, and younger girls, but Rodin wears them well, with confidence and power. She didn’t try to look sophisticated, she just was, automatically ranking her at the top of the mature models club.
Lang, who is also 66, has always been a personal idol of mine, and is always breathtaking on AHS, but her campaign with Marc Jacobs beauty line really gets up and close and personal. New young girls can try to pull off being divas, but they won’t succeed as long as Miss Lang is still around.
Lauren Hutton was an iconic supermodel back in the day. But she’s one of the amazing examples that these ladies weren’t tossed away after forty – instead, her career is thriving more at age 71 than ever. Aging supermodels are a reality that we badly need to acknowledge instead of focusing on the fountain of youth. In her campaign for Lucky Brand, she absolutely slays.
This movie star has opened herself up to the world of modeling wearing a sexy smoky eye for NARS. She’s almost 70, but a famous beauty brand hired her to be the face of their campaign. And up close, she’s just as stunning as girls 50 years her junior. With her bold short hair, she’s not hiding her seasoned and elegant face behind anything.