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True Confidence

True Confidence – Spring 2017 PIBE

“Let’s Play It By Ear” True Confidence
PIBE is a quarterly womenswear and menswear journal
focused on fashion, beauty and art.

Curious, optimistic and experienced, Daphne Selfe is the answer to your everyday inspiration.

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Spanning sixty-seven years in the modelling industry, Daphne Selfe is a self-built wonder woman who has – and continues to – share her bright-eyed outlook. The supermodel, author and influencer has been photographed for various publications over the years making it to cover girl for CURVA, 125 and Drapers – to name a few. Daphne is the woman who aims to inspire people by imparting wisdom and life experience, and her story is the story of being “a happy, cheerful person” who is “always curious about the next adventure”.

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Raised from a strong background, Daphne oozes a certain tranquillity and humbleness that only adds to her beauty. Her head strong nature, she tells us, is a result of being “blessed with good parents, genes and a loving yet strict upbringing” and “I had to make the best of everything as I was brought up in the war and I had to ‘get on with it’”. With a lifetime of adventures already under the belt, Daphne travels and locks down exciting projects whilst still owning the runway – her most recent success being her book ‘The Way We Wore: A Life in Clothes’and many more projects to be revealed soon that are in the pipeline.

“I was just propelled into the fashion industry by circumstances”

Daphne’s modelling career kicked off when she was at the age of twenty-one as a result of winning a local magazine cover girl competition – post Second World War. Contrary to Daphne’s idea of beauty existing irrespective to physical attributes, she has excelled in the industry and is now rewarded the title of ‘The Oldest Supermodel in the World’ admitting “I was just propelled into the fashion industry by circumstances” she continues “It was my love of clothes and dressing up, and meeting lots of interesting people like artists and designers”.

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“age in my case has been an advantage… Younger people seem to want to be like me when they grow old!”

With age just being a number, Daphne stands tall and proud, and continues to blossom as she takes the fashion industry by storm quipping “age in my case has been an advantage… Younger people seem to want to be like me when they grow old!”. The role-model promotes a sense of positive mental well-being and encourages her fans in various ways to regain confidence and maintain faith – that’s more than often lost. Her creed for keeping herself in check and balanced is by engaging in hobbies that stimulate calming effects such as gardening, painting, knitting, cooking and being around her friends.

In current society, there’s an obvious contrast to everyday life in comparison to the ‘60s with the presence of technology being so dominant. And Daphne, having lived through a war and existing pre-Facebook era, has seen both sides of the spectrum. In terms of Social media, we asked Daphne if the existence of platforms – say Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc – have been pivotal in reshaping our mind-sets and mental stability: “social media must shrink confidence in people” adding “as people do not communicate with each other enough now except through the internet”.

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PIBE:In tune with this issue’s theme ‘MENTALLY STRONG’, if you could define mentally strong in one word what would it be?

DAPHNE: Resilient.

Words / JESSIE PINK : Photographer / IAKAVOS : Stylist / SARA DUNN : Hair / MAKI TANAKA : Makeup / JO FROST

How resilient are you?  Does this word strike a chord with you?  How confident are you and would you say that you have true confidence? Do let me know in the comments below:-

Confidence Plan

Confidence Plan

Thank you so much for your interest in my Confidence Course.  A lack of confidence or wanting more confidence is something I see and hear about all the time.  I feel that I know a lot about it after all my years of experience and the life I have been lucky to lead.  I come across a lot of people who aren’t as confident as they’d like to be and I know I can help.  So I’ve come up with a Confidence Plan!

This new course will be entirely focussed on building self-esteem and feeling more beautiful.  It will consist of things I know and have learnt over my long life in fashion. I’m going to cover various different areas and ways to improve your confidence including your posture, style, makeup, exercise, diet and more.

Although people are often asking me how to approach ageing, weight, hair, clothing and diet you may be asking what kind of transformation can I expect?  Did you see my Confidence Update where one of my students talks to my daughter Claire?  You can see it here if you missed it.  I believe that if you give attention to different areas of your life, many times in just small ways, these changes can lead to big differences and totally give you a new experience of yourself.

I have a vision of the world where we are all feeling and looking our best and are full of enthusiasm and energy.   I’d like to help and the best way to do that and fit in today’s world with our busy schedules is to do it online!

It is a 4 week online course starting on Monday 16th January and each week will have different areas to focus on and you can do in your own time and at your own pace.  Think of it like a journey (a Confidence Plan) where each thing leads on to the next.

The course is broken down into the following areas

Week One – Posture / Clothing / Style

Week Two – Skincare / Makeup / Hair

Week Three – Diet / Weight / Exercise

Week Four – Self-esteem / Ageing / New Horizons

The course will consist of my knowledge, solutions that work and suggested things to do and change or improve to achieve the results that you’d like and dream of.  We are all different and I want to help you be the best ‘you’ that you can be and make the best of your natural attributes inside and out.

I’m known for being natural and elegant and those are important things that define me so if you are planning plastic surgery, have no intention of trying to look after yourself in a healthy way or have no interest in how you present yourself this course won’t be for you.  I’m not saying these things are wrong, they just aren’t who I am and I not the best person to help.

You will receive regular emails and the link and password to the private area of my website to access the course material as we go through the 4 weeks.

The cost of the course is £297 and you can put your name on the list to get a chance to sign up to enrolment when it opens on Tuesday 10th January at 11am (London time).  I’m planning on closing enrolment on Sunday 15th January at 6pm (London time) or when it is full – so don’t delay to avoid disappointment.

Full details here

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to comment below or email:

Confidence Course List – sign up by clicking or tapping on the green link

I’m looking forward to getting started and hope you are too –  so until then….



Confidence Review

The start of a new year is a great place for a review – a confidence review: –

Are you happy with how you feel, look and are approaching this stage of your life?

How is your wardrobe, make-up, hair, confidence and self-esteem?

Do you want this New Year to be the one where you are happy with your age, weight, appearance, mood and impact on others?

Is this the time for that new job, partner, hobby or adventure and you don’t want to hold yourself back any longer?

How much more energy and confidence would you have if you were really comfortable in your own skin expressing your own uniqueness and style?

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The Book campaign for Kaodachi by photographer Rainer Hosch


I understand that change is uncomfortable and it is much easier to stick to familiar old habits.  Taking on new ways of being can be very worthwhile and transformative.  With years in front of the camera and on the catwalk along with a lifetime love of fashion and style I can help with the where, how and what!

Building confidence from action starting right now I want you wherever you are are to sit or stand a bit taller.  Stretch up your spine out of your hips and pull your shoulders back and breath.  Doesn’t that feel good?  Are you ready to create dreams and goals and face new challenges with more confidence already!

Standing taller with better posture not only makes you feel more confident it will make you less invisible (no more invisibility thank you – you’re too precious for that!)  Test out this new posture when you walk across your place of work/study or down the street.  Notice not only how it feels to you but how others respond to you.   Any type of clothing looks better too – I know, I’ve modelled a rubbish bag before!

Can you keep this new posture up?  How long before you lapse back to a familiar, less than ideal one – is the invisibility cloak back on?

Let me help – Look out for my next Daphne News on Thursday 5th January where I will have an example of what’s possible and more on Confidence with Daphne!

PS How happy are you on film?  Social media is all the rage – don’t get left behind.

PPS Don’t assume the best days of your life are behind you (I’m 88 so I know).

Lastly, what is your biggest confidence challenge?  Do let me know in the comments below and you can put your name down on my Confidence list here to get further information first.

Next: Confidence Update


Confidence Course

Hello, Daphne here!


I’m always looking at ways to improve and offer help where I can. My 6 week online modelling course the Daphne Selfe Academy – where you can learn all about the modelling industry and how to be a model has been my first step and something I am very proud of.  I am in the process of adding another course for people who would like more confidence (but don’t necessarily want to be a model or learn about the modelling world) – a lack of confidence or more confidence is something I see and hear about all the time.  I feel that I know a lot about it after all my years of experience and the life I have been lucky to lead. I’m keen to pass on what I’ve learned – all my secret methods – actually, I don’t know that they are secret but I come across a lot of people who aren’t as confident as they’d like to be and I know I can help. Daphne Selfe - Rock On - confidence course This new course will be entirely focussed on building self-esteem and feeling beautiful.  It will consist of things I know and have learnt over my long life in fashion. I’m going to cover various different areas and ways to improve your confidence including your posture, style, makeup, exercise, diet and more. This is where you come in, before I finalise this new course I want to make sure I really cover everything.  Please take a moment to answer this short survey – there is really only one thing I want to ask you.  So can you help me out and tell me what your two top confidence challenges are?

THE SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED – thank you so much to those of you who participated.

I’ll be posting more news in early January 2017 and you can go on the Confidence Course List here to make sure you don’t miss out.

Have a look at my Daphne News – Confidence Review here

Strong Women

Strong Women: An exhibition celebrating women’s strength by photographer Alistair Guy.

Alistair says “Women mentally are terribly strong but they are also fragile. I believe there is an incredible beauty in this dichotomy. The Strong Women project is a celebration of femininity as well as a celebration of each person and their character, their personality.”

“Strong women came about because of Daphne being who she is; the fact she has worked for 60 years within the model industry and also does yoga every day alongside having a family. She is a wonderful woman and quite inspirational and has always astounded me and her publishing her biography last year entitled ‘The Way We Wore’ about her life in clothing sums this all up too.”

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Strong Women Exhibition by Alistair Guy –

Daphne say’s “I think a strong person has confidence in themselves, how they look and what they can do (even if they are limited physically through age or disability).”

Shot in London, New York and Los Angeles, the photographs are powerful representations of womanhood in the fashion, film and music worlds and come with headline messages from the women themselves. Alongside Daphne Selfe are Hollywood stars such as Melanie Griffiths and her mother Tippi Hedren plus British Fashion stars Savannah Miller, Jade Parfitt, Daphne Guinness, Jan de Villeneuve, Tamsin Egerton and magazine founder Elizabeth von Guttman.  Other exceptional women included are Tilly Wood, Amy Manson, Lena Gora, Shruti Ganguly,  Greta Ballamacina, Martina Bjorn, Brix Smith-Start and Erin Tonkon.

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Behind the scenes Daphne Selfe & Alistair Guy

Shot on film using only natural light, what makes this exhibition stand out is the incredible honesty in each of the photographs. Many of the subjects were shot in their homes or at places which held a personal significance to them.

What attributes make a strong women to you? 

Somebody who sticks at what they do and creates their dream.

Who are your inspirations in life?

“This is a personal project and all the subjects for me have been a pure inspiration. I have the pleasure of knowing them all. My mother of course is the main reason I’m here and many of the women involved (three of the subjects were pregnant at the time of the shoots) also have their own children too which add more to the strength of them all”.

“I wanted them to open up and allow me into their space, to capture an intimate portrait of them. I shot everything on film so it was as real and as truthful as I could possibly get. Film it is much more considered because you know you’ve got only ten shots on each roll to get that shot…”

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Savannah Miller – ‘I think strength is found in surrender and acceptance of self. True deep acceptance and belief leads to unimaginable strength.’
Strong Women by Alistair Guy
Melanie Griffith – ‘Strength for me is being able to live honestly. Living my truth and not making up a good story for myself. Daring to change every day to become closer to that Inner Self. That’s strong to me.’

The Strong Women Exhibition is currently at The Café Royal on Regent Street, one of the legendary homes of glamour at the heart of the West End. It runs from the 10th November until 21st December before transferring to the Zebra One Gallery in Hampstead.

What attributes make a strong women to you?                                  

Who are your inspirations in life?                                                                       

Do let me know in the comments below

Strong Women by Alistair Guy

To see further information, articles and images on The Strong Women Exhibition click or tap on the links below:-

Alistair Guy

Marie Claire

Grazia Daily

The Factoryline

Hotel Cafe Royal

Feeling Impish

Are You Feeling Impish?

I love the word impish and feeling impish for me conjures up a youthful, playful and curious outlook that can be appropriate for any stage in life – I like that!

Are you feeling impish today?  Do you have a spring in your step and a joy to see what today’s treats, adventures and discoveries will be?

Of course, I don’t always feel like this.  When my feet are particularly painful (I have a condition called vasculitis to manage) and my knee hurts (the common twinge of arthritis many of us have) I feel all of my 88 years old.  If I look back over my life I notice I’ve felt ‘old’ if my health, emotions and body has been shouting for attention – even when I was a teenager.  As a horsewoman before my modelling career I was once thrown off my horse, a particular feisty one,  I was confined to bed for a week following concussion and a broken collarbone.  I didn’t feel very impish then, I can tell you.

Daphne on a horse

How do I change from feeling ‘old’ to feeling ‘impish’?  Each moment is an opportunity to re-choose and look for the things to be grateful for.  The painful things, whatever they are, don’t necessarily go away but I try to refocus on things that bring me joy and gratitude.  It might be simply be a cup of my favourite tea or a conversation with a friend or a new blossom appearing in my garden or a bird on my bird feeder outside my kitchen window.  Then again being a fashion girl it might be my favourite lipstick or a bright scarf or favourite outfit.

If you are feeling ‘old’ today then it most likely has nothing to do with your actual age but more to do with the challenges of the moment.  Remember age is just a number and feeling ‘impish’ can be just around the corner ready and waiting for you.

I do hope you are feeling impish today or that you can do something to get yourself this feeling once again – it’s a lot of fun if you can!

Do let me know what works for you in the comments below:-

If you are beginning to think about presents do have a look at my online shop to see if there is something for family or friends




Inside My Suitcase

Inside My Suitcase Film – Vogue Japan

I filmed a short video feature called Inside My Suitcase for Vogue Japan

Inside My Suitcase Vogue Japan

“These are the things that I have brought today.  They are old (vintage) things really.  This is a dress I bought in a sale, it’s interesting and unusual (black & white long fine knit dress).  And this is my old favourite cardigan, I bought this in the 70s – a longtime ago.  It was an unusual colour at the time (purple) but it suited me so I bought it.  This one is a bit more recent and it is an old Monsoon and it is ever such fun because it’s unusual (orange, black, cream & red).  This is my scarf which I bought on a holiday in the Channel Islands and I seem to have worn that ever since and is about 15 years old.  I don’t seem to have many new things for going on holiday or travelling because I get my favourites.  This one is a raincoat (leopard print) which is by a firm called Dannimac which were quite famous in the 70s and 80s.  These shoes I brought because I had to design them.  They’re by MySwear and I had to say what colours I wanted.  I said I like shocking pink and silver goes with practically anything – I just love them!  I’m very good at packing.  Always roll everything up because that’s the way to make it take up a little room – like this (plus it keeps any creases to a minimum too).  My alarm clock……. (click on the video links for more)

This is the same video again just to make sure you can see it!


What are your travelling tips?  Do let me know in the comments below:-

Charles Frederick Worth

The BBC One Show feature on Charles Frederick Worth London Fashion Week

Not many people know the name of the man acclaimed as the founding father of the modern day fashion industry – did you?

Charles Frederick Worth was born in the village of Bourne, Lincolnshire in 1825 only a couple of hours drive from where I live in England.  At the age of 13, Worth was already fascinated with fabrics and haberdashery. At this young age he travelled to London to work as an apprentice in a department store in the centre of the London’s Piccadilly called ‘Swan & Edgar’.  A store I knew well in the 70s which I believe closed in 1982 – I think I had my picture in the window at one point!


Meeting dress historian Professor Amy De La Haye of the London College of Fashion I learnt that it was while working  in London that Worth really became interested with ornate designs and fabrics. By 1845 he decided he needed to go Paris to make a name for himself there.  Soon he’d set up his own and was considered one of the greatest designers in Europe. 

 Worth did things a little differently from his contemporaries as usually at this time women would buy their own fabrics and then take them to a dressmaker. There they would request the style they wanted but Worth would design specifically for his clients. He was the first to provide complete outfits under one roof – fabrics, dresses, accessories, shoes. The House of Worth is the first known fashion house.

Instead of using mannequins he designed dresses for his wife Marie Vernet and got her to wear them for his clients – she was called ‘the first professional mannequin’, or the first fashion model.

He was among the first to create a brand by sewing a label into his creations and was the first to make seasonal collections. You could call him the first celebrity designer.

Browns Fashion Browns window

Luckily as part of The One Show feature on Charles Frederick Worth I got to wear a copy of one of his stunning gowns.  I posed in the window of Fashion Store Browns in London’s South Molten Street.  Working again with British fashion photographer Rankin we had a fun time as you can see from the images. I hope you like them and have learnt something new about fashion too!

Thank you to the One Show for giving me the opportunity to present and learn more about Charles Frederick Worth – I hope you have learnt something new about the history of fashion too!

Charles Frederick Worth South Molten St

The One Show Feature   (content may be location restricted)





The Model Minder – Alone or Team

The Model Minder – Do you operate alone or as a team?

You may have heard me talk about The Model Minder and how I couldn’t manage without her.

I wanted you to hear from her directly so here is The Model Minder:-

Hello, I’m Claire, who Daphne calls The Model Minder.  I’m Daphne’s oldest daughter so I’ve known Daphne my entire life.  With people closest to us it’s not unusual to take for granted the lessons, wisdom and what they have imparted to us as just a common thing and assume “doesn’t everyone else know that?” Mostly, we don’t think about the uniqueness of who they are and of what they bring us.  And we certainly don’t always appreciate how special their gift to us is.  Maybe we don’t take the time to realise that not everyone has the same opportunity to shape their life from an early age with the skills, routines, outlooks and behaviours without considering that not everyone else has the same from their mothers and role models.  I was guilty of this until recently.

Once I had my own children, my twin sons, I started to value more what my mother had done for me – this seems to be a normal revelation and insight in many of our lives at this stage of life.  Of course I was super busy and even more so after the early death of my husband Dick when our boys were 6 years old.  The next phase of my life was devoted to trying to be the best parent I could be and raise my family as best I could.  As my boys became more independent and forging their own paths in life I began to muse about what my ‘next chapter’ would be.

It was important for me that whatever I chose would be meaningful  and make a difference in the world, whether that was for a few or many.  As I began to think about what I might do Daphne was saying how often she was being asked for her story but had also been told no one would want to publish her book as it wasn’t a disaster story or full of sex and drugs and rock n roll – something passionate stirred inside of me as I thought to myself “that’s just not right as many of us are inspired by Daphne and would love to read her story!”  Plus I thought here is a place where I could be of value.  I could get my business skills updated for today’s world.  So I made the decision that I would help Daphne produce her memoir for Daphne’s four grandchildren if no one else!  We found a publisher and the rest is history.  One thing led to another and we now have the Daphne Selfe Academy, Daphne News and Daphne’s memoir The Way We Wore: A Life in Clothes published in both English and Japanese.  With other exciting things we are working on together I can’t tell you how much fun it’s been and how easy and delightful Daphne is to work with and I’m loving getting to know the students in Daphne’s Model Family and her many fans around the world.  Working with my mother is something that had never occurred to me before.  Isn’t it funny how sometimes the next chapter in life or major decision is there right in front of you but you didn’t realise and had no idea until the time is right and it’s just the most perfect thing.  

Having just returned from accompanying Daphne on her recent trip to Japan for the launch of her book in Japanese it is wonderful to say it is still at No 1 in Japan!

Daphne & baby Claire (The Model Minder)

Thank you Claire for introducing yourself and to those of you who have gone through The Daphne Academy and are now part of my Model  Family you have got to know Claire already.  For those of you coming on the next Academy starting next month you will be pleased to know that it’s not just me to look after you and that Claire and I come as a team.

Do you come alone or as part of a team?  Do let me know in the comments below I’d love to hear and please do share with your family and friends.

Look at one of our previous Daphne News:-


Coming Soon

This is a special message – The next Daphne Selfe Academy, my 6 week online modelling program is starting early next month.

Run for the first time last year with great success my Model Family is growing – who’s joining me this time?

Is it time you stepped up to your dream of being a model?

Does your ‘inner model’ need the knowledge and confidence to make a positive change and be the best you there is?

Maybe you don’t know what steps to take to feel less awkward and in it’s place confident, beautiful and self assured.  For example if you had the proper training and skills walking into a crowded room, casting or interview situation would never feels as frightening again and you would create a very different impression.

Do you say to yourself I wish I could see myself as others see me as I really don’t understand what makes me unique and attractive in their eyes – I just don’t get it?  Would you like to change that this year?

Or maybe you’re constantly told you should be a model or you’re been scouted and don’t know where to start, who to trust and where you can get support and guidance.

online modelling program

With the Daphne Selfe Academy my online modelling program you have all you need to know about the modelling life in easy to follow steps conveniently in one place.  I’m there for you every step of the way whether it’s to be the next top model or the best ‘model you’ that’s possible.

It’s starting on Monday, 3rd of October so put the date in your diary.

You can’t enrol yet but you can put your name onto the enrolment waiting list here and I’ll let you know when enrolment is open.

Let me know in the comments below why you want to do the Daphne Selfe Academy and do share with your family and friends.

I’m  so looking forward to getting to know you and see you continue to flourish & blossom.


Young or old

Young or old?

Or more to the point do you feel young or old today?

Daphne Selfe

I’ve noticed I’ve felt different at different times over my 88 years and I was trying to work out what the difference is and whether my actual age plays a part or not.

If my feet are being particularly painful (I suffer from a condition called Vasculitus which is a constant tingling pins and needles sensation in my feet) or the British weather is blowing an icy cold and wet wind straight into my eyes making them sore and watery I feel old as I battle down the street.

Young Daphne Selfe

When life is going well and I’m fit and healthy (and the weather is more amenable) I feel young and vibrant.  Luckily, I’m fit and healthy and I refuse to let my painful feet get the better of me most of the time – so they don’t.  Being naturally a cheerful, curious and optimistic person I’m usually found rushing around feeling like a teenager!  I usually say ‘yes’ to new opportunities which is another way to keep feeling youthful and alive.

Young Daphne at 88

I’m fortunate in having a robust health due in some part to my genes but encouraged by a good lifestyle so  I’m not often feeling old.  I see that you can be of a very young age and still feel old when life is harsh and you are coping with an illness or big stresses – hopefully these will pass and you can make choices that will help these things disappear.  Therefore don’t confuse your life and the choices available to you with your actual age – a number which is only going to increase.  Getting to a ‘big number’ is a priviledge not available to everyone so enjoy this life we have each and every day – young or old and throw away any notion of a number of years meaning anything more important than it is – just a number.

What do you do to keep a youthful outlook?  I’d love to know what your tips are and if this has struck a cord with you.  Please do let me know in the comments below and share with your family and friends.

Young Daphne

Young Selfe

Daphne photographed by Grace
Photos by my Granddaughter Grace – My 88th Birthday shoot

Red Thread Journal Fashion Shoot

Fashion Shoot for Red Thread Journal

I wanted to share my experience of doing the fashion shoot for Red Thread Journal that I did recently.  I love the clothes, they are such beautiful vivid block summer colours, very unusual, stylish and flowing and I had fun doing all the different poses we experimented with.  My hair was kept loose and not much done to it and the same with my makeup – kept to a minimum.
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Fashion Shoot

Filmed in London in an amazing Hackney studio (inside someone’s flat) as winter was keeping a grip on a dreary grey day in the spring. The charismatic photographer Benjamin Madgwick who I loved working with was in fine form.  Very clear on what he wanted to achieve so it was easy for me to know what to do.

Red Thread Journal if you haven’t heard of it is described as follows:-

Red Thread Journal is an exclusive bi-annual print publication dedicated to the explorative journey through fashion, design, photography and art with a Red Thread that unites theme and aesthetic in harmony. The aim is to inspire and evoke using imagery only”.

Visually rich, focused and enticing.

In Chinese folklore, an invisible Red Thread connects those destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but never break.

This thread represents the creative contributors and teams intrinsic to the creation of the Red Thread Journal.

I love the description of the red thread in Chinese folklore connecting us and that it may stretch or tangle but never break.  On every modelling job I look forward to seeing those I’ve met before and those I haven’t yet and often we find that we have friends and places in common.  Who have you been destined to meet?

Red Thread Journal

Do comment below and share with your friends and family and on social media

Choose a bright block summer colour to wear next time you choose an outfit whatever the weather is doing – I will be!

Be bright, bold and fabulous

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Fashion Shoot

Photographer: Benjamin Madgwick 

Stylist: Miss Linhly

Red Thread Journal:

Are You Playing Safe?

When it comes to colour are you playing safe and reaching for the unobtrusive and familiar option?  Are you confused or lacking in confidence so you dare not experiment? Do you think it depends on your age or figure? I notice that this happens a lot and I want to encourage you to be bolder and enjoy how it makes you feel. Changing our physical presence does have an effect on our emotional well-being with the two aspects being connected. By embracing a colourful outlook physically I guarantee it will have an uplifting effect on both yourself and everyone around you!

Some tips I can pass on from my 87 years of experience to get you going are:-

Start with a scarf in your favourite colour or make a statement with a colourful bag or pair of shoes.

Select clothing in a beautiful colour for the area of your body you like best and want to draw attention to. Leaving other parts to more ‘uneventful’ colours.

Learn which colours best suit your skin tone and stick to these colours near your face. For example if you have a fair complexion and want to wear acid yellow you can still wear it just have it further down your body – your skirt or trousers. Compliment it with a softer flattering colour on your top half. You want the colour to accentuate you and not be drowned out by it!

Also as we evolve and our colouring changes remember to update your wardrobe. When I was a brunette and suntanned I loved to wear very bright orange and now I’m ‘silver’ I still wear orange but not of such a bright tone just slightly softer. If you purposefully change your hair colour adapt your wardrobe at the same time.

Choosing one or two complimenting main colours is usually enough so that you remain elegant and not overdone.

If you have something in your wardrobe that you love but is of rather a boring colour you can make it look striking with a statement piece of jewellery, belt or funky tights.

The same applies if you have to wear a uniform or a particular dress code think where you can put some colour in an appropriate way such as your lipstick, eyeshadow and nail polish. Getting the balance between fitting in and being unique can take some practice to get right – be brave and it will become natural as you develop your confidence and your own colour style.

Have fun combining colours together that you haven’t done before. Fashion rules are much more relaxed these days and anything goes – if it works, it works!

Now, look in the mirror and ask yourself – do I look uplifting, bright and colourful? I hope the answer is a big cheerful YES or that with my tips you can put this right.

Let’s make our world a more vibrant colourful place starting with us!

You deserve it

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Enrolment 2016 OPEN

Academy Enrolment 2016 OPEN 

A Modelling Career For You

Hurray, Academy enrolment is now open and you can register online at Daphne Selfe Academy, for my 6 week online modelling course.  A great way to start your own modelling career. It starts on Monday, 29th February and places will be limited so don’t delay – find and/or improve your model self this spring. #beyourownselfe

Of course a modelling career isn’t for everyone but if you are interested in improving your confidence and style this is the course for you.  The ‘tricks of the trade’ are applicable in all walks of life and will give you a boost and step up that you won’t regret.

Watch below to see Daphne talking about her Academy to The Model Minder

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I do hope you are joining me

2016 – let’s leap together                           #beyourownselfe

The feedback from our 2016 Leap Together Students has been wonderful and Daphne is delighted to be changing lives and making friends and building her Model Family.  With comments such as “the Academy is worth it’s weight in gold” and “the best experience I have ever had”.

Daphne will be running future courses so do put your name down so you are the first to know the dates and to have the opportunity to enrol before enrolment is open publicly by emailing your name to

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The Way We Wore – Paperback Edition

A Model Life

My memoir The Way We Wore: A Life in Clothes is now available in paperback.  A model life and love of clothes – I wish I’d written it before if I’d known what fun it would be!

“Daphne Selfe has been photographed by Mario Testino, Nick Knight and David Bailey. She has modelled for Dolce and Gabbana, Red or Dead and high-street chains such as TK Maxx, and regularly appears in newspaper fashion pages and glossy magazines. She is one of Britain’s most in-demand supermodels and has worked non-stop for almost twenty years. But what makes her really rather extraordinary is that she is now in her late eighties. Daphne grew up in an age when dresses were lovingly run up for you by your mother, when needlework for even the most basic outfit was an art form, and when a new Simplicity Pattern was almost more exciting than a new dance tune. Perhaps as a result, she has had a lifelong love affair with clothes and fashion. The Way We Wore is a heart-warming account of that love affair, taking readers from the organdie party frocks of a 1930s childhood to the pages of Vogue. In it, Daphne shares a wealth of anecdotes from her peripatetic childhood, following her teacher father from school to school, from her modelling career, which began as a department store house model, and from her long and happy marriage. The result is a vivid and inspiring memoir from a woman who has always embraced life and who continues to do so in her ninth decade with as much zest as in her first”.

Price £8.99

To order a copies for yourself, family and friends please click here and select a retailer.

Further information at:  All About The Book

Daphne Selfe - The Way We Wore: A Life in Clothes Paperback Edition - A model life
Daphne Selfe – The Way We Wore: A Life in Clothes Paperback Edition

Academy Feedback

Daphne reading some of the feedback and testimonials received for the Daphne Selfe Academy – Daphne’s Fashion Modelling Course

The fashion modelling course The Daphne Selfe Academy is a great first step to a more confident you and introduction to everything about the mode life.

  • Worth it’s weight in gold – Jane
  • The best thing I’ve ever done – Irene
  • I feel so more confident in my own skin – Rosemary
  • An enormous help to us – Mrs C
  • I really enjoyed Daphne’s online course and would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in modelling  – Zoe
  • Helped me become the best version of myself I can be and put my passions first – Marzena
  • How to be beautiful at any age and I longer feel apologetic – Rosemary
  • No one could no the business better than Daphne and this course will set you up for life whatever you want to do – Cathy
  • When I think of models I think of the stereotypical model who is a slim young girl with perfect features and proportions.  For someone like myself who is wheelchair bound I hadn’t thought of myself as a model!    The course is just as relevant to me and I got just as much out of it as a teenager  just starting out and pursuing a full-time modelling career.
  • Now I have a new lease of life and confidence.
  • I know what to do even for a selfie!
  • In everyday life things have become more visual for us all – you won’t regret doing this course and learning from Daphne

To put your name on the waiting list for the next 6 week online fashion modelling course please email:-

For further information click here

Fashion Modelling Course

Happy Christmas

To learn to model wasn’t something I was thinking about 12 months ago

For many of us it is the holiday season. A time to reflect on what’s important and look back over the past year and to relax with family and friends or enjoy time without the usual distractions of our normal busy lives. Putting all my knowledge down in one place for those who want to learn to model wasn’t something I’d thought about at the beginning of the year or even a website for that matter either!

Daphne Selfe

2015 has been a year of new beginnings and adventures for me.  Modelling has taken me to Stockholm, Sydney, Paris & London for wonderful campaigns with my modelling agency Models 1.  I launched my own website, the twice monthly Daphne News, published my memoir The Way We Wore: A Life in Clothes with publisher Macmillan and started The Daphne Selfe Academy with students doing my online course from all over the world.  Who said that you have to slow down?  Not when you’re having this much fun!

Talking of fun; click below to see:-

Day 12 of Models 1 Charity Advent Calendar
with Chef Tess Ward and myself.  Fourteen whole seconds of us being silly, dancing about and posing.  I do hope you will enjoy it in the spirit of Christmas.

You may not have thought much before about being a model and you won’t really learn a lot about modelling from this post (but we did film it in my modelling agency in London’s Covent Garden) but you can learn to model by doing my online course for information do look at my Academy page by clicking or tapping this link The Daphne Selfe Academy it may be the perfect new skill or direction to have next.  An investment in yourself that I believe will not be wasted.

Wishing you a very Happy Christmas

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Daphne Selfe Compilation Video

Become a fashion model

Daphne hopes you will enjoy this beautifully made compilation video by Bochen Zhang which has recently come to Daphne’s attention. Enjoy whether you want to become a fashion model or not:-

It is never too late to be a model or be more confident in yourself using the skills and habits that Daphne has used and developed her whole life.  She is still loving life and full of energy – discover her secrets and knowledge that are keeping her top of the modelling game – having fun and full of curiosity and zest for life.


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Here’s a link to a behind the scenes video by Alistair Guy on his Strong Women Exhibition at Smythson.  Inspired by Daphne, Alistair went on to produce his series of black and white photographs showcasing exceptional women that Alistair has come to know through his work in the worlds of fashion, film and music. This exclusive exhibition launched at Smythson, London New Bond Street flagship store and will move to their newly opened Madison Avenue boutique in New York.

“Women mentally are terribly strong but they are also fragile. I believe there is an incredible beauty in this dichotomy. The Strong Women project is a celebration of femininity as well as a celebration of each person and their character, their personality.”

“Strong women came about because of her [Daphne] being who she is; the fact she has worked for 60 years within the model industry and also does yoga every day alongside having a family. She is a wonderful woman and quite inspirational.”

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Daphne Selfe The Way We Wore: A Life in Clothes Paperback Edition

Make present shopping for your loved ones easy and extra special with  copies of Daphne’s autobiography

The Way We Wore: A Life in Clothes order online here at:-

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Talk Radio Europe with an Older Model


An Older Model

Click and listen to Daphne’s 12 minute interview on 2nd November 2015 on The Lifestyles Show, Talk Radio Europe with Selina Mackenzie (apologies for the sound quality).  Daphne Selfe an older model with zest for life.

Talk Radio Europe Daphne Selfe


Daphne Selfe - older model

One of Britain’s successful models who has been in demand for the last twenty years.  And what really makes her rather extraordinary is that she is now in her late eighties.  She’s here to tell us about her life and her new book.  Thank you for joining us Daphne. “Thank you for having me on your programme”.  Well I think you are incredible and you look incredible, I’d like to ask you at what age did you start modelling?  Well I started when I was twenty by mistake really.  I did a few years then and then I got married and thought I wouldn’t do anymore.  I did do extra work in television and things like that as an extra”.

“My agent knew that I’d done a bit of modelling when I was in my twenties and when I was seventy I was asked to do the catwalk for London Fashion Week and I thought why not!  I did the show then for Red or Dead and the stylist on that, a little while later, that Vogue were doing an article on ageing and why don’t you see about that.  So I did and I was photographed by Nick Knight and at the session the scout for Models 1 was there and she said I think we want you on our books and the rest as they say is history!”

To listen to the whole interview click on the link above in the long black bar.  Remember the sound quality of this recording isn’t that great so please do get in contact for a full transcript if you prefer by emailing:-

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Lorraine ITV and the Supermodel

Lorraine ITV & The Supermodel –  Model Daphne

She’s one of Britain’s most in-demand supermodels, has been photographed by some of the most prolific photographers and regularly appears in glossy magazines. But what makes Daphne Selfe extraordinary is that she is now in her late eighties (yes, that’s an older model and a super model!) making her Britain’s oldest supermodel.

Daphne joins Lorraine to discuss her inspirational memoirs.

Daphne Selfe Lorraine ITV
Daphne Selfe Lorraine ITV

She’s one of Britain’s most in-demand supermodels, has been photographed by some of the most prolific photographers and regularly appears in glossy magazines. But what makes Daphne Selfe extraordinary is that she is now in her late eighties, making her Britain’s oldest supermodel.

Daphne joins Lorraine to discuss her inspirational memoirs.

“At 87 my next guest is officially Britain’s oldest Supermodel. She’s about to release a book spanning seven decades.  After being discovered in her early twenties while working as a shop assistant Daphne Selfe’s modelling career began in 1950.  As well as appearing in countless shoots and catalogues Daphne fronted hundreds of high end brands at the time, including Berkatex and Dannimac.  

Her model looks have also won her roles alongside Roger Moore in two Bond movies, TV shows like Absolutely Fabulous and music videos for Paul McCartney.  In the last few years she’s even graced the pages of Vogue.

Daphne’s very much in demand and is pretty much the only model of her generation who’s still working.  She really enjoys it and I think that enjoyment comes through.  She’s a pleasure to work with.

Daphne’s still one of Britain’s busiest supermodels and shows no signs of slowing down”. 

15th July 2015

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The Best Is Yet To Come

Busy Model

Having just arrived back from Paris on a major photo and film shoot (which I have to keep quiet about until next Spring – ssshhh), my book The Way We Wore published and the Daphne Selfe Academy well under way it got me thinking these are things I could never have conceived happening at any point earlier in my life never mind in my ninth decade! A busy model indeed…

Daphne Selfe - A little treat in the travelling life of a busy model!
Daphne Selfe – A little treat in the travelling life of a busy model – cheers to you!

Here I am travelling on Eurostar back from Paris and having a small glass of champagne after such a successful shoot. I’m not one for much alcohol but a little occasionally I do enjoy. When I got married in 1954 I gave up any thoughts of having a career and was happy to be a wife and subsequent mother to our three children. It was the normal thing of the day and domestic life I loved. As the children got older and more independent I did film and TV extra work here and there so you can imagine my surprise at being rediscovered as a fashion model at 70 years old.  I thought it might be fun for a few weeks and here we are 17+ years on.

I want to encourage you to stay open and curious about new things at whatever stage in life you are. Unexpected opportunities seem to happen while we are busy making plans so keep in the best shape you can with healthy choices and a positive outlook as you never know what is around the corner –  the best is yet to come.



PS I shall be in London on the 15th November at The Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival doing book signings.  For further information and to book tickets click:-

The Daphne Selfe Academy is here

Daphne’s Professional Modelling Course

The Daphne Selfe Academy is an online professional modelling course.  It is full of the knowledge and wisdom that Daphne has gained over her long career and successful life.  It is her wish to pass it on to you in an easy and accessible way so you can benefit from her experience. Whether you want to be a model, learn about the modelling industry, update yourself or gain confidence Daphne can help.



Excitedly, I’m here with Daphne Selfe the World’s Oldest Working Professional Model.  I’m here to talk to her about the Daphne Selfe Academy.  So tell me Daphne what is the Daphne Selfe Academy.

“This is an online academy and tutorial to help you learn all about modelling and how to be a model.  How the industry works.  You do it in your own home on your own or with friends and you can do it wherever you are, in this country or abroad”.

So everything you could possibly need to know about modelling from Daphne’s long experience of over 66 years modelling is in the Academy.

“When I was young I had three weeks training at my agency and so I learnt a lot of things models don’t get taught today and I want to impart that to all of you who take this course”.

So for further information please logon to and look at the Academy pages.

Enrol now Daphne is so looking forward to you joining her on her next Academy.

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The Queen and I

The Queen and I

Elizabeth II is now the longest reigning queen in UK history with the 9th September 2015 marking 63 years on the throne.  The Queen is 89 years old, born in 1926 and is two years older than me and was crowned in 1953 after becoming Queen in 1952.  What you may not know is that I had been modelling for over 3 years by then, since I was 21 years old and won a competition to feature on the cover of the Reading Review,  which is now an unbelievable 66 years!

Of course there are some very noticeable differences between us:-

  • Elizabeth II is Queen and I am proud to be one of her humble subjects
  • I took a ‘career break’ to raise my family –  Elizabeth II has reigned continuously

As well as the decades and events we have experienced and lived through we also share the following:-

  • We both know the importance of looking good when you step out the door
  • We both love hats
  • We aren’t afraid to wear bold bright colours

Queen Elizabeth II loves horses and corgis – I love horses and cats!

Congratulations Queen Elizabeth II and long may you reign.  I do hope you are enjoying your life and career still as much as I am!

Hasn’t life and times changed in ways we could never have imagined from when we were girls growing up in World War II?  From technology such as our websites and social media – aren’t the grandchildren a great help!  With news making headlines in minutes instead of days. To transport and flying around the world in quick time.

Wishing you many more years of faithful service and I shall keep modelling for as long as the bookings come in.

The Queen & I

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If I Ruled The World

Natural Beauty

This was a fun interview I did for the Readers Digest which got me thinking about all sorts of things including natural beauty:- Natural Beauty

If I Ruled The World – Daphne Selfe

readers-digest-logo Natural Beauty

When I was asked to advise someone on whether to continue to colour their naturally greying hair I told them to enjoy spending the cost on taking out a friend or family member and do something special together.  Of course you can do both or one or the other – there is no right or wrong.  It all comes down to choices and what is important to you.  Is a cherished memory more important to feeling good about yourself?  I can’t answer that as both are important.  If you’re not going to feel good about your hair going grey maybe now is not the time to let it go ‘au natural’ but maybe you can see a time when it will be the perfect thing to do.  Letting my hair go grey was the making of me.  I’d been doing lots of film extra work and the film companies loved to employ me to do costume dramas on TV and on film as they could style my hair on set and didn’t have to spend their precious budget on getting an expensive wig in for me.  For me it was much more comfortable for a long day filming to not have to wear an itchy and hot wig! Then look what happened – I got discovered at 70 years old and the rest is history.  Having a natural look with my long grey hair made me standout at the time.  Of course there are many more older models now but I like to think I’ve helped things along in the right direction.

Now over to you – what would you change if you ruled the world?

Do let me know in the comments below.