Says Carmen Dell’Orefice, “Never in my wildest dre dreams did I expect to be a working model for so l long – 56 years after this picture was taken. I re remember Gleb Derujinsky asked me, ‘ I ne need you for a cover. Will you wear a bathing ca cap?’ And I said sure. I was good at being a ch chameleon and becoming what people wanted m me to become. When young models ask me fo for advice, I say this: Stay close to your parents b because they are the only ones who truly care w what happens to you. Get a good night’s sleep. D Do not neglect education. Pay your bills on t time. Do not smoke – period. I didn’t drink till I was past 30. I didn’t even drink coffee – I don’t know how I exsisted! But I do the right thing when no one’s looking. I haven’t felt old, except when my knees k went and dIh I had d to have h them h done, d one year ago. I think it’s worth all the work I put in to keep the machinery going, just like a Rolls-Royce – you have to keep the parts repaired carefully. These new knees are terrific. Look at what science has offered me in my lifetime! I have a Rolls-Royce, why wouldn’t I repair it?” As told to Charlotte Cowles.
Carmen Dell’Orefice, photographed by Gleb Derujinsky for BAZAAR, May 1958