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In an age obsessed with youth and beauty, Carmen Dell'Orefice is a welcome reminder that the two are not inextricably linked.

The veteran model this weekend celebrated her 80th birthday as she continues to be a hit on the catwalk.

The style icon and birthday girl has been modelling ever since she got on the cover of Vogue in 1946 at 15 years old.

The grey-haired beauty is still in demand and this year walked at Alberta Ferretti's Pitti Uomo show and Adrienne Vittadini's Lincoln Center presentation.

In her 66 year career, Ms Dell'Orefice has graced the cover of Vogue six times and been the face of 14 cosmetic campaigns.

She had posed for photography legends including Richard Avedon, Irvin Penn, Cecil Beaton and Norman Parkinson.

Ms Dell'Orefice has become a stalwart of the modelling world, who has captivated photographers, illustrators and designers with poise and elegance that are enhanced by her chic silver hairstyle.

The champion for greying locks was born to Italian and Hungarian parents.

She had a troubled childhood and spent much of her early years living in foster homes and with relatives.


Her big break came in 1946 when she became one of the youngest ever cover girls for Vogue.

She appeared in the December issue as Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and Cinderella.

Ms Dell'Orefice has been married three times and has one daughter.

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