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80 Year-Old Supermodel Carmen Dell'Orefice Lost Her Life Savings To Bernie Madoff

In Celebs by , on Friday, November 11, 2011, 1:10 PM (PST)
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Dell'Orefice: the hottest octagenarian around.
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Dell'Orefice Says She Struggles To Maintain Dignity

At 80 years old, Carmen Dell'Orefice is the world's oldest working model. Yet the amazing beauty has no plans to slow down anytime soon ... thanks to Bernie Madoff.

Dell'Orefice reveals she lost her entire life savings to Madoff's infamous Ponzi scheme.

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In a fashion world that seems to celebrate only gaunt teenagers, Dell'Orefice is a statuesque anomaly. The New York-born model, who has worked the runway ever since appearing on the cover of Vogue in 1947 when she was just 15, is famous for her age-defying face and figure.

Throughout her career, Carmen has modeled for fashion photography icons like Richard Avedon and Irving Penn, and was once even Salvador Dali's muse.

Unfortunately, it's been rough going lately for the fashion veteran. Dell'Orefice reveals in a new interview that she lost her entire life savings to scammer Bernie Madoff, as part of his $50 billion Ponzi scheme that bankrupted thousands of people.

"For the second time in my life, I've lost all of my life savings," she told the Telegraph.

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To make matters worse, Dell'Orefice says is facing the prospect of being evicted from her home.

"The banks always want something," she said. "They're deciding now whether or not to shovel me out of my little apartment."

Now Dell'Orefice -- who is twice unretired -- has been forced to go back to work. Good thing she still has the looks to make it in the fashion world.

"I'm a working woman of 80 trying to work out what the image I can project is," she said. "How I can do it with, you know, dignity."

Dignity or not, Dell'Orefice says she's never been one to take part in any feminist movement.

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"I never wanted to be part of any kind of movement - and if you're over a certain age, you better keep your bra on because nothing's worse than saggy duds," she said. "Women have it harder than ever now because they've changed the dialogue, and men don't know what to do when they can't marry their mothers."

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Comments (7)
Posted By sugardaisy (2 years ago)
AGE-DEFYING????? LMAO!!! I mean, I'm glad she is still active, but she just looks like an 80 year old woman who has had a ton of plastic surgery.
 
Posted By Shannon (2 years ago)
Wow "sugardaisy" what a snarky comment. Actually she looks fabulous! I dare say that you will look no where near a good as she does when you are 55 and I've never seen you. I do know though, that nastiness does not age well.
 
Posted By Mady Maguire (2 years ago)
Wow, that's some serious cleavage--Carmen D'O sure knows how to layer it on, hair, clothes, attitude, makeup-- Was it in the "Prince and the ShowGirl" that his mother says to Marilyn Monroe, "Young girls should wear a lot of makeup... and old girls should wear even more!"
 
Posted By Mady Maguire (2 years ago)
Wow, that's some serious cleavage--Carmen D'O sure knows how to layer it on, hair, clothes, attitude, makeup-- Was it in the "Prince and the ShowGirl" that his mother says to Marilyn Monroe, "Young girls should wear a lot of makeup... and old girls should wear even more!"
 
Posted By Mady Maguire (2 years ago)
Wow, that's some serious cleavage--Carmen D'O sure knows how to layer it on, hair, clothes, attitude, makeup-- Was it in the "Prince and the ShowGirl" that his mother says to Marilyn Monroe, "Young girls should wear a lot of makeup... and old girls should wear even more!"
 
Posted By Mady Maguire (2 years ago)
Wow, that's some serious cleavage--Carmen D'O sure knows how to layer it on, hair, clothes, attitude, makeup-- Was it in the "Prince and the ShowGirl" that his mother says to Marilyn Monroe, "Young girls should wear a lot of makeup... and old girls should wear even more!"
 
Posted By suzi (2 years ago)
sugardaisy I agree with Shannon. My grandma is 60 and this woman looks younger than she does lol. And my grandma is NOT aging badly. Shanon I think she is just jealous cause this fab 80 year ALREADY looks better than her lol
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