MADONNA, EAT YOUR HEART OUT
Of the thousand words painted by this picture, two immediately come to mind: simply beautiful.
The photo of 83-year-old Daphne Selfe (via The Daily Mail) says more than the infinite number of platitudes published in facile fashion magazines.
With high cheekbones, a slim build and thick hair, Daphne is genetically blessed. But she refuses to mess with Mother Nature.
Her beauty regime consists of a dollop of Boots face cream, a truckload of confidence, and a sense of humour.
Daphne’s big break came in the late 90s when a stylist suggested she go to Vogue, which was doing an issue on ageing: “I think they needed someone to represent ‘ancient’,” she laughed.
Now the world’s oldest supermodel has posed as Madonna, wearing the iconic conical bra, to raise money for Oxfam.
She leaves The Material Girl looking just that: a shallow fake.
“It’s very unforgiving!” Daphne joked to a reporter from London’s Daily Mail. “But what the hell, it’s all for a good cause.”
Unlike 81-year-old model Carmen Dell’Orefice (pictured below), who’s had plastic surgery, Daphne Selfe is, well, herself.
Ms Dell’Orefice once told HBO, “Well, if you had the ceiling falling down in your living room, would you not go and have a repair?”
In stark contrast, Ms Selfe told the newspaper, “I’ve never had anything done… not that poison, not a facelift. I think it’s a waste of money!”
She doesn’t dye her hair because it’s “too much of a bother”.
Sadly, cosmetic surgery is becoming the new normal.
Yesterday, figures came out of the United States confirming chin implants as the fastest growing trend among men and women.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 10,000 women had the procedure in 2011 – up 66 per cent on the previous year.
These days, instead of confronting ageing by ‘taking it on the chin’, we’re taking it in the chin. You’ll have to look a little lower to see where the most money is being spent. Some 307,000 American women had boob jobs last year alone. I can understand the temptation.
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