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Uncomfortable Tights – A Leg Dilemma

Tights – A Leg Dilemma!

As someone who is keen to keep up with all things ‘modern’ there is one thing that I constantly have trouble with.  I endeavour to get on with tights but it is always an unsatisfactory experience.  I just find they make me feel so constricted and are too tight around the waist.  I’ve even resorted to cutting the waist band which looks a mess and doesn’t seem to make much difference to how I feel.  From expensive to cheap and everything in-between, I’ve tried them all.  Holdups are too risky and slip down my legs which is not a good look and the fear of them descending around my ankles at the most inappropriate moment is too much to contemplate.

As I love to wear longer skirts and dresses I do sometimes wear knee high socks (pop sox) but you do have to be careful that the tops don’t show as that doesn’t look good and is rather ugly.  Plus the band at the top which sits below the knee can get uncomfortably tight after wearing for a period of time.

Of course perfect legs on a warm or hot day are lovely bare with a bit of bronzer, moisturiser or oil but many of us don’t have perfect pins or feel confident to put them on show.  A sheer tight or stocking makes so much difference to cover blemishes, veins and age spots!

Uncomfortable tights
Everybody’s Magazine 1952

I have to admit I’m most happy in my old fashioned stockings (are they really old fashioned?) so they will continue to be my first choice.  Comfortable and secure to wear all day long, with my faithful suspender (garter) belts that have been with me for many a year.

Where am I going wrong and am I the only one experiencing this?  On the other hand there are benefits in not updating just because we think we ought to!

Any thoughts or comments would be gratefully received so please do let me know below.

Wishing you a Happy Easter

Tights or Stockings?
Daphne by Perou in Madonna Corset for Oxfam’s Big Bra Hunt Campaign

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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”.

True Confidence PIBE Iakovos

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”.

Iakovos - PIBE True Confidence

“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”.

True Confidence Iakovos

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:-

Technology At 88

When I was a girl I could never have imagined the technology we have available at our fingertips today.  If I wanted to know something I had to go to the Library and search through the reference books or ask someone knowledgeable – luckily for me my father was an academic and taught as a profession.  He was always happy to answer my questions, explain things and fulfil my curiosity.  Mostly answers weren’t instantly found like they are now.  I wrote letters and waited expectantly for a reply which would hopefully come in a few days time.  We sent holiday postcards and took photographs and sent the film away to be processed, again taking days of patience to see the results.

Daphne asDaphne a girl
As a young girl with my Mother Irene

The day to day life of a model is easier with technology I must say – I don’t have to traipse around castings with a heavy portfolio as all my shots are online or on my iPad mini in my handbag along with my iPhone.  I can receive bookings and updates from my Agent while I’m on the move.

Everything is so much easier you might think – but it’s not!  There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t want to throw my computer away.  So much for technology! There is always something that has changed and updated or that I have forgotten how to do although I’ve been shown a 100 times before.  My eyes get tired looking at the screen and something, a photo for instance that was there a minute ago seems to have vanished into thin air and I don’t know why or what I did!  Exasperating…

I notice my grandchildren (I have four) have a very different relationship to technology – they are fearless, relaxed and confident. Pressing buttons and working things out in an intuitive way that is a mystery to me.  I’m scared I’m going to break it or do something that is irretrievably lost forever.  I can only compare it to driving a car or making a cake where a simple mistake can be an absolute disaster that I don’t want to happen.  I’m just not programmed inside like our younger generations who’ve grown up with it all.

80th Birthday with the Technology experts
On my 80th Birthday with my Grandchildren – the Tech Experts

But I soldier on – irritated when friends, many far younger than me who won’t embrace technology at all or even pick up the answer phone message you left last week.  I’ll never know what all the apps on my phone can do and I don’t want to spend all my time looking at the screen but it’s incredible what I have in my life as a result.  My students and friends all around the world in particular who bring me such joy and meaning.  Connecting to so many on social media and so much more.  At least I have a go – I’m not left behind entirely which I do think helps keep a youthful outlook on life.  I want to be part of todays current society – although when buying my rail ticket I’d still prefer to buy my ticket from a real live person and not struggle with the automated machine – I’ll leave that for others at least for now!

I’m trying to get the balance right and with all the technology progress I do hope that we keep talking to each other and our real life relationships a priority!

Technology at 88
With Caryn Franklin MBE at Dove Conference NY plus camera phone tech!

Do you embrace or struggle with technology and where does it make the most difference in your life?  I’d love to hear so do write in the comments below:-

The Model and the Castle

Before I dash to get on the plane for New York I wanted to share my beautiful Scottish weekend with you – The Model and the Castle.

The Model and the Castle

I was invited to the stunning Glenapp Castle in Ayrshire, Scotland. Travelling up with my favourite interviewer, my daughter Claire, we talked to the other guests over an incredible Afternoon Tea.   Delicate sandwiches and scones – now is it jam first, cream second or cream first, jam second?  Mini lemon meringue pies and chocolate orange eclairs oh my!  With lots of Earl Grey tea in fine bone china cups to name a few Glenapp Afternoon Tea highlights.

Glenapp Afternoon Tea

Glenapp a baronial castle is a 5 star Country House Retreat that instantly makes everyone relaxed and feel very much at home.  The people who came to see me were a delight from a glowing 11 year old ballet dancer with perfect posture, a young woman on a surprise birthday treat to a couple who had been to see me on my visit to Ayrshire last summer and came to find me like long lost friends and other stylish and interesting people.  It was a cosy afternoon with the log fires burning and the wind and rain blowing sideways across the windows in good Scottish fashion.

The Model and the Castle

Built in 1870 this fairytale Victorian castle became the home of Earl of Incape the Chairman of P&O.  Churchill & Eisenhower discussed the D-Day landings here.  Near the fishing and farming village of Ballantrae on the southern tip of the Ayrshire coast the journey from Glasgow was beautiful to travel and we enjoyed stories of whiskey and Robert Burns.

Ballantrae, Ayrshire

Across the sea the beautiful Ailsa Craig was hidden in thick cloud and I didn’t see it until Sunday morning.  Ailsa Craig is famous for it’s granite curling stones exported around the world for top class competitors.

Aisla Craig

The only time we ventured outside was when proprietors Poppy & Paul Szkiler took us on a fast electric buggy tour to see the grounds including the large walled garden and the new poly tunnels for growing more of their own produce for the kitchen.

Daphne at the Castle

I’m excited to see what this passionate couple create with their new Scottish ‘home’.  It is already very special and with their love, attention and the caring team they have inherited it will be something truly unique.  I’ll just have to go back to see their vision manifested….and maybe eat some more of the chefs delights and sleep late (something I never do) in the comfy beds and clear Scottish air!

Model and the castle - Glenapp

Our time ended all too quickly and it was time for the journey back to London to repack for America – more about that next time….

Daphne Selfe Glenapp Castle

Glenapp Castle

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My Model Family

My Model Family is growing around the world



The Daphne Selfe Model Family is growing around the world and I’d like you to meet two of my students:-

Introducing Natalie & Irene

I’m Natalie Collier – I’m 44 years old and live in Bunbury, Australia. Modelling is always something I’ve loved and wanted to do.  At the beginning of the course I didn’t have any confidence or posture. Or know anything about the modelling world. I am very happy with this course and I have really enjoyed  doing it. I am very excited I have got my confidence back and I can achieve something at my age and now I can follow my dreams to be a model.

My Model Family - Natalie Collier

I’m Irene, 62 years old and I live in Ohio, USA. This was a dream come true – the Daphne Selfe workshop (Academy) was so motivating and informative. I wanted to get training from a highly respected expert and I got way more than that! The challenging were motivating and kept me on point. I’m still pinching myself …was my dream come true!

My Model Family - Irene SB

Watch the video above to see modelling images of Natalie & Irene or click here

Want to be part of my model family?  I would so love to welcome you into my wonderful Model Family – I’m very proud of all my students.  Becoming a graduate of the Daphne Selfe Academy is all that is required!

You can find further testimonies here

I do hope you will be able to join me on my next course.

If you missed my Academy introduction email you can catch up here


Full Academy details are below:-

What exactly is the Daphne Selfe Academy?

The Daphne Selfe Academy is a 6 week course training you in everything you need to know about being a model and the modelling industry. This year’s school is starting on Monday 6th March 2017.

The training is released online in weekly sections to the private members area of the Daphne Selfe Academy at and you will get an email from me with the link details each week.

Every Monday a new module is released and you get to decide if you want to work through a little each day or dive in for a concentrated go – it’s up to you.

You will get written tutorials and work sheets – I call them ‘Model sheets’!  Including images, videos for your learning style and lifestyle. Plus the opportunity to ask me questions directly and receive personal feedback via video link, webinar or a telephone call if you prefer.

Each week is broken down into easy to follow segments like building blocks so that by the end you will be prepared mentally and physically for the modelling world.

You can go over and over it again as much as you like.

Daily Mail Fashion

This course is perfect if you:-

• Are struggling to get your career going and need a plan

• Need help putting the disciplines into place that you know about and learn the ones you don’t know about!

• Want to know everything about a model’s life

• Are after someone to trust and turn to that has a lifetime of wisdom behind them

• Look in the mirror and don’t like what you see

• Believe you can feel more beautiful and elegant

• Would like to surprise yourself and others with your ‘model side’

• Want the best guidance there is to make some changes for the better 

What will the course be covering each week?

Week 1 – We start off looking at the different types of modelling and what sort is going to be best for you. Then we analyse your own unique physical attributes and how to make the best of them and be more confident and aware of what makes you beautiful.

Week 2 – Here we start to get down to the nitty gritty of what it takes for a successful and long career in modelling. This module is about training you to have the posture, body, beauty regimes and diet necessary for the hard and rewarding work of modelling. Here I let you in on the routines, disciplines and tips I have picked up through my lifetime. All in a natural and healthy way of course – as I’m well known for!

Week 3 – This week is about looking at the character traits, skills and mental outlook that is important for a successful life as a professional model. For the areas we are going to cover I want to you to take a good look at yourself and assess where you are currently and where you can improve further to be the best you can be.

Week 4 – Being a model is a skill, a form of acting. It has been said that feelings and emotions come through from a lifetime of experience but it is also like a young person singing an emotional song well beyond their age or experience, you can learn to do it with practise – whatever your actual age, that’s just a number! But practise does mean it takes time to get it right and more importantly so that when you are nervous you just do it without even having to think. You’ll learn and then practise poses and facial expressions, how to work to a camera and walking the catwalk and more.

Week 5 – This week I let you in on how the industry works, how to approach and deal with agents, casting sessions and clients plus how to watch out and be alert for the not so nice side of the industry. Have you been scouted? Would you like to be? What do modelling agencies expect and want. What to do and importantly what not to do.

Week 6 – What are your dreams and goals – do they need to be rewritten or adjusted with all you have learnt in the previous 5 weeks?  We’ll make a plan to move forward and you will interact with me to go over any questions or areas that you would like to discuss from the course and in relation to a career for yourself. It is now that you can submit completed coursework (if you’re ready) to apply for your Daphne Selfe Academy Graduation Certificate.

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How much does it cost?

The price is GBP £995 or $1249 USD (other currencies are available)

What happens once I’ve made my payment?

Once you have clicked the link and made your payment you will receive an email welcoming you to Daphne’s Model Family.  You will also receive information regarding your access to the members area of the Daphne Selfe Academy.

Daphne Selfe professional modelling course


You can repeat the programme for free each year for as long as I and my daughter Claire run the course.  Graduates of the Daphne Selfe Academy will receive an invitation to join me in London for Afternoon Tea (at a famous stylish and elegant location of course!) There I will be delighted to meet you in person.  Some of you will not be able to attend as you are too far away but I do hope that I can meet you on my travels around the world.

Become part of my Model Family and belong – not just for 6 weeks but for as long as you want to be involved. The Daphne Family will grow and be a positive supportive place where you can without doubt #beyourownselfe

Daphne Selfe by John Swannell

 How did the Daphne Selfe Academy come about?

The Daphne Selfe Academy has come about as I spend more and more of my time helping people ‘get on’. For many years I have been happy to give my free time to work with fashion design students with the highlight being their graduation shows where I have modelled for them. I work with photographers starting out on their careers and even film makers.  Many have turned into my personal friends and I realise that I have a lot of experience and knowledge to pass on. It got me thinking about the models that I meet and work with who are starting out and who don’t know what to do and the frustrated photographers who repeatedly say “I wish everyone knew what you know!”

I have mature friends, even ones from show business who have shocked me when they have expressed how little inner confidence they have as they have got older!  People with fantastic figures and looks who need help to not ‘fade away’. I come across many people who with the right knowledge and training can attain a WOW factor and much improved confidence. “It seems such a waste of the gift of life to be needlessly worrying and holding yourself back so I began asking myself “How can I help?”  From this question together with Claire (I call her my Model Minder) I have put together the Daphne Selfe Academy #beyourownselfe”.

There is no course that suits everybody and this course may not be for you if:-

• You’re not willing to work hard and apply what you will learn

• You aren’t really interested in your appearance and how to be like a professional model – is someone pushing or persuading you against your own wishes?

• You’re expecting a modelling contract to be guaranteed on completion of the course

• Improvement is of no interest

The Daphne Selfe Academy – setting the standard

“Rather than just teach you cold facts I get you to think things through, observe yourself and others.  Practise practise practise – of course, you will have expected me to say that!  I want you to have a direct experience of what we are covering and how it is going to make a real difference in how you see yourself and others see you too”.

• Being a graduate of the Daphne Selfe Academy can only be an improvement for you, your life, your resume and your future dreams and plans

• No hard selling of expensive portfolios or other worrying things you may have heard of in the modelling world.

• A lot of good old tried and tested disciplines and attitudes all right up to date!

I’m so looking forward to you being part of my Model Family.

Enrolment will be open to secure your place this Saturday 25th February so do look out for my email on Saturday morning.

I shall be sending you an early bird gift if you have registered by Sunday night!

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email me at:-



With many blessings




Modelling Academy time!

It’s Modelling Academy time – my 6 week online modelling course The Daphne Selfe Academy for 2017 is starting soon.

Are you ready to step up to your dream of being a model?

modelling academy - Tae Alvon photographer for Curva Mag

Maybe you don’t know what steps to take to make a positive change 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 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.

Daphne Selfe Gold by Tae Alvon for Curva Mag

With the Daphne Selfe Academy 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.

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”.

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

Modelling Academy Photo by Tae Alvon for Curva Mag

Sign up to Daphne’s Waiting List to hear the Modelling Academy information by clicking or tapping on the link below:-

Academy List for course information

Daphne by Tae Alvon for Curva

 For further Academy information click here:-

Daphne Selfe Academy

Curva Cover by Tae Alvon

You can’t enrol yet but you can put your name onto the waiting list to get further information by clicking or tapping here and be the first to hear when enrolment is open.

Don’t forget to save the date – Monday6th March 2017 and put your name on the list for further information here

Further information click or tap:- Daphne Selfe Academy

Curva Mag by Tae Alvon

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Daphne Selfe professional modelling course

Supporting Local

The life of a model is one of travel and adventure which I love. It is a welcome change to be able to do something on my doorstep every now and again.  Supporting local – Festiwool is a local event that I’ve done for the past few years and is such a joy.  I wanted to tell you a bit about it and why I love it so much.

Festiwool - Supporting Local

Supporting Local

Festiwool and is for those passionate about knitting and crochet and about introducing to the younger generation the joys and benefits that the age-old crafts can bring.  Plus you can make a bang up to date fashion statement using these crafts too.  You can’t be too old or too young for Festiwool!  Set up in 2014 it is proof that creative and relaxing crafts have a place in today’s hectic world.

Festiwool with Tamara

This year I got to model with the gorgeous teenage model Tamara (another local) who I’ve worked with before.  A Youth and Wisdom combo – Tamara definitely has youth on her side and I like to think I’ve gained some wisdom from all my years!


I can’t say I’m an expert at knitting or crochet but I have done both over the years and made fairly simple but satisfying items.  Dressmaking was more my thing but sadly these days I find threading the needle rather difficult!  Plus I’m still so busy working…

Festival 2015

I love to be around creative people and if it involves dressing up even better!

Festiwool 2015

These last 4 photos are from Festiwool 2015 including the fun wool bike – isn’t it fabulous!

Festiwool 2015

Festiwool Bike

Further information on Festiwool

What do you like to do to relax?  Supporting Local – Are there local events that you just have to support and enjoy?  Do let me know in the comments  below:-

New Old

New Old – I’m An Art Installation!

I spent the afternoon as an “Art Installation” in a pop-up exhibition called New Old at the incredible new home of the Design Museum in London – High Street Kensington.

This special installation New Old by design and invention consultancy Special Projects was to explore the subject of enhancing the experience of our later lives and I was thrilled to be asked to take part.

People visiting the Design Museum New Old Exhibition were invited to ask me one question and I asked them a question in return.  It was really fascinating and I loved it.  I love meeting new people – friends I’ve never met!  My ‘Questioners’ ranged in age from a 9.5 year old dancer to an 86 years old gentleman in a bowler hat.  From students to engineers and a Japanese cookery school owner.

New Old Exhibition @rejinapyo

I was asked for advice about careers and finding direction in life to what made me so confident.  One rather gorgeous dance student got me reminiscing about Marie Rambert of the Ballet Rambert School who I trained with in my 20s.  When did I first fall in love?  At 17 working in a riding school I fell in love with the owners son (which I wrote about in my book).  To a young man wanting a career as a fashion designer who I encouraged to stick with his studies although he was finding things difficult with his tutors – stick through a difficult patch and keep your goal in sight.

@design museum @special_proj @wormlondon @rejinapyo

To the ‘what makes me so confident’ question I replied that I thought mine came from people helping me when I was very young.  Although it was wartime my parents were very supportive and get me up with great values and self-esteem.  I’m aware that not everyone has been so lucky in this area which is why I am keen to give back and help where I can – it is never too late to make changes for the better.

Old New

The Design Museum is the world’s leading museum devoted to contemporary design in every form from architecture and fashion to graphics, product and industrial design.  It is a very beautiful place but does anyone else have trouble in ultra modern buildings finding the doors or how to open them?

Design Museum New Old

Click or tap here for more about design and invention consultancy Special Projects

Confidence Course – my 4 week online self esteem building course to feel more confident and beautiful starts tomorrow.  There’s still time to find out about it and join in – click or tap here

What question would you have asked me if you’d been there?  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….



Time For Giving

The Daphne Selfe Foundation

Time For Giving


The Daphne Selfe Foundation is something I’ve wanted to do for sometime now.  My vision to change peoples lives for the better, which I hope I’m doing already with my work, but I wanted to do something for those in a less fortunate position than many of us find ourselves.  A Foundation seems the perfect way to do this.  This way I will have a selection of charitable projects than I feel reflect my own principles and outlook which I can partner with.

Announcing my first partnership as we approach our festive time of giving – I’m delighted to let you know that I am an Ambassador for Orphans Know More (OKM) – supporting African families in Uganda who have adopted orphans into their own homes.  Many infected or affected by HIV and AIDS.  A big focus currently is on raising funds to educate the girls in particular and keep them in school where possible – very few girls in Uganda stay on for secondary school or go on to higher education.  OKM was founded by the Peachey Family 11 years ago.  Naomi Peachey, now 19, years old has been doing fantastic work with a project of her own – The Kalos project and I wanted to be involved.  Kalos from the Greek καλός meaning beauty: an outward sign of the inward good.  The Kalos Project takes its form as an Instagram Page and Facebook community photographing bold and beautiful women with no make-up and no digital touch-up.  During November The Kalos Project launched a No Make-Up Challenge partnering with OKM.  This raised  funds for 30 Primary school girls and 15 Secondary girls to continue their education for 1 year.   Beautiful, confident in her own skin, talented and determined Naomi is one to watch – I’m pleased to be involved and see what we can do together.  How many more girls can we help get educated!

You can find out more at:- (UK registered charity no. 264078).  Naomi and I will be pleased if in this time of giving you would like to contribute directly to Orphans Know More or through my Daphne Selfe Foundation you can do so here

Orphans Know More

I put a percentage of my profits from running my courses and online income into The Daphne Selfe Foundation which contributes to Orphans Know More.

Time for giving

OKM / Daphne Selfe Foundation

For any last minute gifts have a look at my shop page and I’ll be letting you know more about my new Confidence Course in early January.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and see you in 2017

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.”

Strong Women
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.

Alistair Guy photographer Strong Women
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…”

Strong Women - by Alistair Guy
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

Act Your Age

Act your age – is this something to take seriously?  What does it actually mean?

Recently, you may have seen that I filmed a fun video called Freaky Friday with Steven Tai for fashion blog Because London.  The basis of the film is:-

It’s a late Friday afternoon and Daphne Selfe is getting ready for a night out. No time for an afternoon tea for Daphne – she gets her weekend mojo going with a beer in hand and a quick touch up. No rest for the wicked – but plenty for her granddaughter.

Filming with young model Tamara we swap our roles as the often typical teenager and 80+ year old.  It is a lighthearted way at looking at the different accepted roles that generations have – we can often feel that we should or ought to act a certain way because of our age don’t we?  Does it have to be this way? It’s a good question and I often see people who have sort of given up on life and become old or those who are trying too hard to stay young.  I still feel inside the same as I’ve always felt as a person and I hope that you do too.  I love to have friends of a wide range of ages which does help to keep me young and alive.

What does ‘act your age’ actually mean?
It usually means to behave more maturely and is often a rebuke for someone who is acting in a childish way.  Said to a child who is acting like an even younger child maybe it is reasonable.  For most of us it is easy to lose touch with our ‘inner child’ or our inherent childlike qualities of playfulness, joy and wonder at the world around us.  
Holding on to a youthful outlook can be a good thing so don’t let yours disappear and throw in a dash of maturity and elegance for good measure.

Because London and Steven Tai present “Freaky Friday” Autumn/Winter 2016, a riposte to anyone who urges you to act your age. Sit back, watch closely, and dress exactly as old as you feel.

See the video here:-

Never to be too old for a bit of a dance…

Do have a look at my shop page:- Shop

Do you ‘Act Your Age’ and are there things that really work for you or things you struggle with?  I would love to hear from you in the comments below:-



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:-


No 1 in Japan

No 1 in Japan

Last week I had an extra special time in Tokyo for the launch of my book The Way We Wore in Japanese.  Hosted by The Book / Kaodachi and Cross Media International I was lucky to meet and work with the best in Japan – from the stylist, make-up & hair, translators, producers, journalists, presenters & photographers.  As well as staying in a luxurious traditional Ryokan Inn – The Hoshinoya I managed to fit in some exploring and eat incredible Japanese food. I can’t thank the people I worked with, met and were look after by enough – what wonderful friends I made!  I nearly forgot to mention by the time I got off the plane at Heathrow (thank you British Airways) my book was No 1 in Japan on Amazon Japan!

With so many experiences to share with you please see my video diary:-

The next Daphne Selfe Academy, my 6 week online modelling course is starting soon. 

Run for the first time last year my Model Family is growing – are you joining me this time?

Click or tap here for some of the feedback I’ve received from my students who are now part of my growing Model Family.  Do have a look and I’d love you to join me.  There is still time to go on my waiting list for this next course but it will be closing soon so don’t delay.

Put your name on the enrolment waiting list here.  If your name is already down you will have the opportunity to enrol before general enrolment opens. It means you will be guaranteed a place and be able to do the pre-start process ahead of everyone else.  Plus I will send you a extra bonus too.

Daphne Selfe Academy 6 week online course
No 1 in Japan on Amazon books

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.


Daphne & Apollo

DAPHNE & APOLLO – What’s in a name?

Do you know the story of Daphne & Apollo?

Daphne & Apollo is a story from ancient Greek mythology.   The god of light and poetry, Apollo, mocked the god of love Eros (Cupid), for playing with bows and arrows because they were meant for wars instead of love. In anger Eros shot an arrow made of lead at a tree nymph named Daphne to make her hate Apollo and a golden arrow at Apollo so that he loves and wants to marry Daphne.  Apollo began to chase Daphne all over the world but they were evenly matched in speed until Apollo asked Eros to help him catch her.  Seeing that Apollo was going to catch up Daphne asked her father the river god Peneus to help her.  So he turned her into a tree to protect her.  Daphne began running slower and slower as her feet joined with the earth and when Apollo finally caught up to her she was a complete tree. Heartbroken Apollo hugged the tree with his arms and kissed the wood although it shrank away from his touch.  He promised to love her forever and always to tend the tree and used his powers of eternal youth to make Daphne evergreen.  Every laurel tree since then has leaves that never grow old and do not decay.

To remember her for ever Apollo made himself a wreath out of her laurel branches turning it into a symbol for poets and musicians.

Daphne & Apollo
Original story written  by Roman poet Ovid

I’m still running around the world and not running too slowly yet – I like that I’m running as fast as Apollo and evenly matched. My leaves are changing but inside my teenager is still full of energy!

What’s in your name and can you see anything that describes aspects of yourself and who you are as I can see in mine?  Do tell me in the comments below and please do share with your family and friends.

Coming soon the Daphne Selfe Academy my online modelling course.  Further information in my next Daphne News so make sure you are signed up:- Daphne News

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

Portrait Present

Portrait Present

Whilst staying at the glorious Dumfries House for the Boswell Book Festival in Ayrshire I was given a surprise present – a portrait!

Being presented with my portrait by Andrew Attard – Editor of Ayrshire Times

It is painted by one of the leading golf artists. A Scotsman called Craig Campbell. He has said that the eye is the key to a successful portrait but he is equally as skilled at landscapes too. His attention to detail and use of colour has won him many fans from professionals to serious art collectors from all over the world. Over recent years his original oil paintings covering people such as Samuel Ryder holding the Ryder Cup and of golfers past and present including Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and other sportsmen such as Andy Murray the tennis player and Sir Bradley Wiggins the cyclist. His attention to detail and extremely beautifully produced lifelike artwork make him very popular – I can see why.

Daphne Portrait
Daphne at home with her new portrait

I have been researching the artist and find that he was born in Prestwick, Ayrshire, in 1960. This area of Scotland is full of golf courses so maybe that is the reason that so much of his inspiration has come from sport and its personalities. Craig studied at The Glasgow School of Art and then spent his early years working in London as a Graphic Illustrator for several of the leading agencies before becoming freelence. His close attention to detail soon led to exhibitions including a touring one of the USA and a show at the British Open. I read that Craig’s accuracy and genuine enthusiasm for sport helps him to capture the fleeting moments on canvas with all the speed and energy of the real time . Maybe it is the energy in my spirit and the young horse woman and dancer inside me that caught his eye?

Portrait Present by Craig Campbell

Why My Portrait?

I can’t begin to imagine how he came to paint a portrait of me when I am so different to his usual subjects and I have never even played golf.  But I am delighted that he has and I do love it.  How amazing that he has gifted it to me so unexpectedly!  Life is full of surprises isn’t it?

I do hope that I will get to meet him one of these days.

Have you had a portrait done or maybe you can do portraits?  What wonderful gift or surprise has happened to you lately?  Do let me know in the comments below as I’d love to hear from you.  Please share with your friends and family if you think they may enjoy and benefit from my Daphne News in some way.

For further information on the Boswell Book Festival go to:- UK Literary Festival Book Tour

Dumfries House – Ayrshire, Scotland – I could write a whole Daphne News on how wonderful Dumfries House is and how used to staying there I could get!

Craig Campbell can be contacted through his web site at

PS, I met Craig Campbell in London and we shared coffee together and I met his lovely family – feeling blessed!

Portrait Present
Yes, I got to meet Craig Campbell

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:

Ageless Style-Country Life

Country Life celebrating Ageless Style

Two models representing two quite different generations have been brought together by Country Life to celebrate ageless style.

Ageless Style

Country Life, the quintessential English magazine for over a 100 years, is an instantly recognisable brand in the UK today.

Hetty Chidwick, the magazine’s luxury editor, said: ‘We were keen to celebrate ageless style and go for an elegant, refined look with a quirky edge.

‘We wanted to wash our hands of the twin sets and pearls. Just because you’re over 80, which Daphne is, doesn’t mean you cannot be bold.

‘We are branching out with our fashion pages, and we know that are readers are fashion-aware. Daphne is a style icon not just for grandmothers but for younger people who can look up to her.’

Ageless Style - Country Life

In an interview for this issue of Country Life,  Daphne said her secret to staying young is ‘always going into everything with a positive mental attitude’.

She added: ‘I love to dress up in wonderful clothes and all that fabulous jewellery!’

Regular yoga practice also means Miss Selfe can still bend over backwards and touch her heels. And Miss Chidwick added that Daphne was on her feet all day for the shoot but ‘did not complain once!’

Country Life Magazine

The older model has previously said she does not approve of fad diets and spoke out against the ‘thigh gap’ trend among new models, where they seek to have thin thighs.

In one of the pictures, Miss Selfe is shown alongside young model Madeleine Kowitz, to show the relationship between generations.  Known as Maddie by her friends she is half American and a student in London studying Psychology at UCL and a similar age to Daphne’s grandchildren.

Ageless Style

Daphne said “I have read ‘Country Life’ magazine over the years and I was pleased to see the very interesting TV programme on it, not least because I know Jane Treays the director for whom  I did a film in 2002 entitled ‘This model Life’ featuring Erin O’Connor, Ruth Crilly and myself.

This shoot I did for the present ‘Country Life’ was enormous fun as I love to dress up in wonderful clothes and all that fabulous jewellery that I wouldn’t normally wear in my day to day life.

The shoot was notable as the stylist Katie Felstead was an assistant on my very first and only shoot for the photographer Nick Knight for Vogue’s article on ageing in 1998 – the first job I did when I was rediscovered at 70 years old.  Katie is now a fully fledged stylist in her own right.  A grand reunion!   Of course things like this happen quite frequently as I have been modelling for so long.

Ageless Style

Do you believe style is ageless and you can be bold, elegant and quirky at any stage of life?  

Do comment below and share with your friends & family.

Country Life Ageless Style

  • Kensington Hotel, London, SW7 – Location
  • Hetty Chidwick – Director
  • Katie Felstead – Stylist
  • Chris Allerton – Photographer

Country Life

BBC Two – Land of Hope & Glory documentary series about Country Life Magazine 

This Model Life – 3 part TV series Channel4

Country Life May 11 2016


Art By Daphne

RELAX – Art By Daphne

What do you do to relax?  I do think it’s good to have something you do for only yourself and not to please anyone else.  Right from a young age I’ve loved to draw and paint.  Art By Daphne has existed for almost as long as me!

I can remember doodling sprawled out in front of the open fire or under the old apple tree, absorbed in my own world focussing only on what I was doing and nothing else. It’s the same today although with slightly less sprawling!  Plus the reason I still paint is for my own enjoyment.

Daphne at Art Class

I’ve moved on from only sketching horses (I was horse mad) in pencil and love all mediums from charcoal, oil, watercolour, pastels and my current favourite acrylic.  I mainly paint at home in my light filled conservatory sitting at the table.  I love the idea of a peaceful time sketching while I’m on my travels but that rarely happens and the best I can do is take a photograph or two for inspiration for when I’m back home.

For many years now I have turned my art into greeting cards for family and friends and in more recent years for my local community. They have been continually popular and I’ve quite a selection now.  I’ve been encouraged to make them available for those of you further afield. Here are 6 that I’ve selected to share with you and purchase if you like for yourself or to give as gifts to your friends and family.

Art by Daphne Notelets

Now do please let me know which is your favourite one and what creations and past times you enjoy for relaxation in the comments below.

For further information and to purchase a pack or two go to my new online shop page.