A selection of Daphne Selfe press articles from around the world – interviews, editorial & photographs.
Who is Daphne and what makes her an inspiration we can learn from to lead a full, adventurous, postive and beautiful life!
The world’s oldest model Daphne Selfe at 90: ‘I don’t do retiring’
On an average fashion shoot, you might expect a model to wear three looks in four hours, but Daphne has rattled through four in two.
“Everyone goes home quicker. I know what I’m doing, I suppose. It’s not like shooting with some young girl.” As the world’s oldest working model, with a career spanning 69 years, she’s certainly got the experience.
Daphne Selfe was born on July 1, 1928. She’s gung-ho and full of energy. She no longer drives, but will happily travel anywhere on the train from her home in Baldock, Hertfordshire. Her three children are in their 50s and 60s, her four grandchildren in their 20s. She is widowed, but does go on dates “occasionally” to the theatre or cinema. With whom, however, is none of our business.
Her health is good, aside from the vasculitis in her feet that prevents her from wearing heels. Her marbles are entirely intact, thanks for checking. She’s 168 centimetres tall – although shrinking a bit, if she’s honest.
And she’s undeniably, most definitely, beautiful, which explains why, when she was 70, she made the (grand)mother of all modelling comebacks and launched herself as a stereotype-challenging, social-media-dominating supermodel for the new millennium.
Daphne was discovered in 1949, aged 21. “I was working at a store in Reading, west of London, and they had a competition, a fashion show,” she recalls. “All the girls were going for it, and the prize was to be on the cover of the Reading & Berkshire Review. I won.”
A modelling agency took notice and added Daphne to its books. She moved into her aunt’s flat in inner-London’s Chelsea and went home to ride at weekends; horses have been a passion since she was a teenager. There was no fashion scene to speak of.
“Modelling then was nothing like it is now,” she says. “Colour [photography] was just coming in. We didn’t have a London Fashion Week; that’s only been in the last 25 years. Our main catwalks were in the big stores in London, Northampton, Bournemouth. Only one or two girls ever went to Paris. People wouldn’t ever have heard of anybody who was a model.”
Considering that many models today are household names with personal brands worth millions and agents to negotiate what types of work they will or won’t do, it’s fair to say that Selfe comes from another world. It is all the more remarkable, then, that she has adapted to the industry now. The egos, she says simply, were a lot smaller back then.
“As a model you were there to advertise a product. I’ve advertised sausages, wine and couture. You did anything and you always did your own hair and make-up.”
When Daphne married Jim Smith in 1954, her career slowed down. By the time she considered fashion again it was the 1960s, she had three young children, and ideals were changing (“I was not appropriate to the ’60s, it was Twiggy’s turn,” she says). Daphne continued doing commercials, some artistic modelling and worked as an extra in theatre and television.
Jim died in 1997, after 43 years of marriage. “He’d been ill for four years. He’d had three strokes,” she remembers. “We’d moved to a village two years before he passed away. That was perhaps not a good idea, on reflection, as I did everything and I was a bit cut off. While he was ill, it was impossibly hard.”
In 1998, a few months after Jim’s death, Daphne received a call asking if she’d be interested in returning to the catwalk at London Fashion Week. “It was something to do,” she tells me. “I thought it might stop me moping. I’m a fairly optimistic person. I just hoped it might remind me of that and help me enjoy life and keep going. The children were pleased that I was okay.”
Aged 70, she got an ovation as she fronted the show. The press hailed her appearance as a breakthrough moment for older women in fashion, the start of a “greynaissance”.
A week later, Vogue called. “They were running an article on how it feels to be old,” says Daphne, laughing. “Nick Knight was the photographer and a scout from Models 1 was there on set. At the end of the shoot, she said, ‘We want you on our books.’ And that’s how it all began again.”
Since signing with the esteemed London agency, Daphne has enjoyed some of the most high-profile jobs of her career. She’s modelled for brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, has changed perceptions of what it means to look like a model, and has started conversations around ageing.
“I didn’t know I was going to get these amazing opportunities,” she admits. “I could never have done them if my husband was alive, unless he had been fit. I thought Models 1 would drop me after six months – how much work would there be for a 70-year-old? But I’ve now been signed with them for 20 years and I’ve got as much going on as ever.”
Instagram, needless to say, is a totally new part of the job, which Daphne has embraced. She joined the platform aged 85 and now has almost 60,000 followers. But the pressures of the industry today, she considers, are in some ways the same as they have always been for women.
“When I started you had to go around to the photographers with your portfolio to see if they liked you. I lost jobs when I was younger, by saying no [to advances]. I didn’t care. I was quite a strong young person to always say no. Perhaps for people who needed the money it was a more difficult situation to be in.”
Does she think progress has been made, in diversity at least? “I don’t encourage the models who are too fat, or too thin, because both of those are bad for health. But it’s brilliant to see different ages, skin tones, disabilities, everything being accepted, yes.”
She says there wasn’t such a focus on having “vital statistics” when she started out. She weighed 64 kilograms, was happy and healthy. “Most models were probably aged 30. I was a young one,” she notes. “I don’t think teenagers should be in it; they’re far too young and their figures aren’t developed.”
“My style has got more adventurous,” she says, showing me pictures of dresses that she’s made for herself. “Now I wear whatever I like. It’s very easy for older people to shock just by wearing nice clothes.
“It’s a shame when people lose interest in what they look like,” she goes on. “Young and old have lost their sense of occasion – people walk around in their pyjamas, which is terrible. I remember when jeans first came in. I’ve never liked them.”
Diet, for Daphne, is also very important when it comes to feeling good, and I noticed her inspecting her salad with care. “I don’t eat nightshade vegetables,” she says firmly. It’s a dietary requirement I’ve never come across before, even among the most picky of fashion folk.
Has she noticed a difference since cutting them out? “Perhaps not,” she admits, before telling me off for laughing, then subtly shifting the course of our conversation.
“I’ve got a Nutribullet, and every morning I blend half an avocado, spinach, almonds, blueberries, half an apple and half a banana,” she tells me. “I’ve never eaten processed food. I was brought up during the war, so there wasn’t much to eat; we had rations.
I think that was good for us. A lot of people my age are living longer.”
For exercise, Daphne does morning ballet stretches and yoga. She wears make-up every day and always removes it properly at night with rosewater. She’s never smoked and has never, ever considered Botox. “Why should you put poison in your face?” she asks. “I’ve tried a lot of nice creams, but they don’t make any difference. I just use Nivea. Eat well and smile – a smile is as good as a facelift.”
For many, age is to be feared. That’s propaganda, Daphne says. “I do realise the body is not quite the same, but I push myself. The children think it’s hilarious that I’m still modelling. I don’t do retiring, though. When life is so interesting, why should I give it up until it gives me up?”
The Art Of The Young Heart
1st July 2018 Daphne’s 90th Birthday – a good day to be a Cover Girl
While new, budding supermodels grace the catwalk every year, it takes a lot of courage, persistence and drive to keep at the career year on year.
We recently saw Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss grace the same stage for the first time in years, and while they’ve both had incredible careers so far, neither of them have a patch on Daphne Selfe.
The 89-year-old has been modelling since 1949, and she’s not giving up any day soon. In fact, she’s just landed a huge new gig with Eyeko, promoting their Bespoke Mascara.
Eyeko collaborated with Models 1 and Fenn O’Meally to celebrate individuality and diversity in lash type, creating ten videos – one of which, features Daphne. The bespoke service offers you your perfect brush combined with your perfect formula. Created using Korean technology, and a fancy-pants algorithm, each match is unique to the user.
Cosmopolitan Japan – Living Your Own Life in London – Daphne Selfe
A Fresh Face
After a break of almost six decades, an unexpected encounter at the age of 70 relaunched one of the most enduring careers in high fashion.
Two decades on, it is still going strong.
I started modelling in the late 1940s when I was 20. Back then it was very different. You had to take all your accessories to a shoot – the bits for your hair, three pairs of shoes, gloves, hats, jewellery and make-up. Now you just go and everything is done for you. But my early modelling career lasted just five years, until I got married. This was the 1950s and you weren’t expected to work after marriage. However……..
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“I was just propelled into the fashion industry by circumstances”
Curious, optimistic and experienced, Daphne Selfe is the answer to your everyday inspiration.
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”.
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.
Daphne’s modelling career kicked off when……
Fashion Photographer Alistair Guy: His Latest Exhibition, Strong Women, Captures The Best Moments Of Inspiring Women From Every Generation
Fashionista’s gathered for the evening to view the latest work from Fashion Photographer of the moment Alistair Guy. Mostly known for his debonair sense of style and charismatic charm, his presence and persona have a way of communicating style through photography.
A series of black and white portraiture capture the essence of his muses showcasing exceptional women from the fields of fashion, music and film starting with a showcase exhibit in London followed by New York.
The featured work includes an influential and inspirational group of women who achieved acclaimed praise for contributions in their specialist fields. Photographs comprised of sixties style icons and models Jan de Villeneuve, and Daphne Selfe amongst many others were honoured for their longstanding careers spanning over a few decades.
BE A GOLDEN GIRL AT ANY AGE
The High Street has embraced the gold rush and so should YOU this season
Gold is often considered a sartorial no-no for ladies over a certain age
Sandra Howard, Daphne Selfe and Jane Asher prove the critics wrong
They have modelled some golden styles and given their verdict on each look
Gold is often considered a sartorial no-no for ladies over a certain age
Sandra Howard, Daphne Selfe and Jane Asher prove the critics wrong
They have modelled some golden styles and given their verdict on each look
The trailblazing fashion model, now 88, spoke to Country Life
Photographed by the likes of Mario Testino and our own Chris Allerton, she has appeared in countless advertising campaigns for leading designers such as Dolce & Gabbana and is a poster girl for older women.
I love an afternoon tea party, particularly at Brown’s Hotel in London.
Tea was always a treat as a child and it’s a luxury now because I get to indulge in food I wouldn’t usually eat—tea and cake, how wonderful! It’s always a pleasure to be cooked for, but spending time with family and friends is the greatest luxury
My husband was in the theatre—he was a stage manager for the West End show The King and I when we met—and worked on all the big productions. I still love the theatre and recently saw Nice Fish with Mark Rylance, which was fabulous.
Sitting there waiting for the curtain to go up is the biggest thrill and I try and see something once a fortnight. The musical School of Rock is next on my list, but I should think I’ll need earplugs
I used to ride horses for a living—teaching, training and showing, as well as hunting with the Garth in Berkshire. I worked in Essex and was taught by Vincent Francis (father of the late writer, Dick, who I used to see in the stable yard). Sadly, I don’t ride anymore, but, to keep fit, I do yoga, which Gilbert Adams got me into at the age of 20 and I’ve continued ever since.
It keeps me young and supple and, as I’m too busy to do classes, I tend to do it at home most mornings combined with some ballet or Pilates — it’s so very important to stay active.
Dorchester Literary Festival is a real success story
THOUSANDS of book lovers visited Dorchester this past week to attend the town’s literary festival.
Now in its second year, the Dorchester Literary Festival ran from last Wednesday until Sunday.
At least 3,000 people attended this years event, at least double the numbers of last year, festival directors have said.
The event brought authors from all over the world to Dorset with fans following close behind.
This year the festival was raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support and an incredible £1,000 was raised just from collection buckets at the events, and there is more yet to come.
Festival director, Janet Gleeson spoke to the Echo about her highlights.
She said: “Tracy Chevalier, our patron, in conversation with Penny Strong was just such a lovely event. They talked about her book and cider making and we had samples of cider in the middle of it. Victoria Hislop in conversation with Steve Harris gave a fascinating insight into how a multi-million copy novelist got her ideas from and how she set off in her career.
“Sir Tony Robinson was just hilarious. Everyone was just in stitches.
“I think the most popular event and another highlight for me was Daphne Selfe, the 88-year-old supermodel. What was interesting was the audience, every event had a different type of audience and for this one it was a lot of women of a certain age looking very glamorous and immaculate. Daphne was very moving. Her own philosophy on life was very inspirational.
“Poems that Make Grown Women Cry by father and son Anthony and Ben Holden was another moving event. The poetry was just beautiful and gave you such thought while other poems were really quite funny.
“Our final event, Kate Adie in conversation with Paul Atterbury, was another packed event. She is a very popular woman. She talked about her experience in Tiananmen Square in 1989 which was a real eye opener.
“Overall it was a wonderful set of events and we are already looking forward to next year.”
Dates for the 2017 Dorchester Literary Festival have already been confirmed and will be held from Wednesday, October 18 until Sunday, October 22. For more information visit dorchesterliteraryfestival.com/
I wasn’t really slim but I have never been fat. I was a middling size
A 88 éves modell, Daphne Selfe bitang jól néz ki: megőrül érte a divatszakma
Daphne Selfe már akkor modellkedett, amikor Erzsébetet királynővé koronázták 1953-ban, így a mostanra 88 éves asszony hivatalosan is a világ legidősebb szupermodellje. Korát meghazudtoló frissességét elmondása szerint kicsattanó életszeretetének köszönheti, és annak, hogy imádja, amit csinál. Kivételes szépsége nem a plasztikai sebészek és a botox remekműve, éppen ellenkezőleg: Daphne Selfe abban hisz, hogy jó méltósággal megöregedni, ami csodás fotóin is látszik. Nézd meg őket!
Daphne Selfe already modelled when Elizabeth was crowned queen in 1953. Daphne at 88 years old is now officially the world's oldest super model. Age-defying freshness show Daphne's exuberant love of life and that she loves what she does. Her exceptional beauty is not a plastic surgeon's or Botox masterpiece, on the contrary we learn from Daphne Selfe, that it is good to grow old with dignity. Which seems wonderful as you can see in the photographs. Check them out !
The Way We Wore published in Japanese
Daphne flew to Tokyo for the launch of the promotion campaign for her book The Way We Wore in Japan and for the Kaodachi Luxury Spa – The Book. Look out for further updates on Daphne’s social media
Kaodachi The Book http://www.thebook.com/?gclid=CJmbpO-m-M0CFUqdGwodC5IBUA
- Daphne Selfe is the world’s oldest working supermodel at the age of 87
- She is appearing in Country Life magazine to ‘celebrate ageless beauty’
- Miss Selfe started modelling at 21 and has previously featured in Vogue
- Model revealed that the secret to staying young is ‘a positive mental attitude’
Embracing her wrinkles and silvery hair as she stares wistfully away from the camera, she is the epitomy of growing old gracefully.
Yet the selection of vibrant coats and eye-catching jewellery makes Daphne Selfe, the world’s oldest working supermodel, look far younger than her 87 years.
The grandmother, who lives in Hertfordshire, is appearing in Country Life magazine, as part of its bid to ‘celebrate ageless beauty’ and move beyond the long-running girl in pearls feature.
‘Models really aren’t anything special – we’re just ordinary like everyone else,’ says Daphne Selfe.
Only Daphne Selfe is anything but ordinary. At 87 years old, tonight she will be walking in a London Fashion Week show to a sea of applause.
The first 50+ Fashion Week: A catwalk show designed for stylish women who don’t want to be seen as ‘invisible’
Daphne Selfe’s message to women: Don’t let age stand in your way
Daphne Selfe on modelling in her 80s
Daphne Selfe is a supermodel since 1949
15th December 2015
Instead of finding a chocolate treat hidden away for each day of December, the Instagram page for Models 1 is offering one a video of one of their beauties dancing around to the tune of Christmas jingles to promote its daily charity raffle.
The world’s oldest working supermodel, Daphne Selfe, 87, holds up a signed copy of her autobiography, which is the prize of the day.
On the 12th day of Christmas…..
Retirement never in sight for the world’s oldest supermodel
DAPHNE Selfe is enjoying a lifelong love affair – with clothes and fashion.
Growing up in a home where her mother Irene would make all her dresses, and needlework was considered an art form, she soon became adept at making her own garments.
What followed was a career in modelling for brands like Dolce and Gabbana, photo shoots with some of the acclaimed fashion photographers like Mario Testino, Nick Knight and David Bailey, and appearing regularly in newspaper and magazine fashion pages.
Since her return to the industry aged 70 she has worked non-stop and is busier than ever, appearing in adverts for high street chains like TK Maxx and helped with charity campaigns.
Aged 87, she is the world’s oldest working supermodel and is touring the country telling stories of her life through her fascination with clothes.
Interview: Daphne Selfe, the UK’s oldest supermodel
Daphne Selfe has had a remarkable career as a model, dancer and actress. She is now the UK’s oldest supermodel after being spotted again, nearly 17 years ago, aged 70. A long-time Hertfordshire resident, now living in Baldock, and with three children and four grandchildren, she describes how her journey in the world of fashion began.
Want to break into the modelling world but not sure how? Well, the world’s oldest professional model, Daphne Selfe, think she may have the answer.
The 87-year-old Londoner, who has been in the industry for a very long time (since 1949, to be exact), is launching an online modelling academy at the end of this month with the aim of sharing all her knowledge and expertise in a: “simple, easy, fun and up-to-date way”.
Strutting down the catwalk, models these days tend to accessorise with a frown and a steely glare.
But now the world’s oldest model has told them to take a leaf out of her book – and cheer up.
Daphne Selfe, who started modelling in the 1950s, has lamented that today’s crop of youngsters walking the catwalk look miserable.
The 87-year-old told an audience at the Cheltenham Literature Festival that she enjoyed the experience of posing on the runway. She said she thought it a shame that the same pleasure is not reflected on the faces of today’s models which includes the likes of super-surly Cara Delevingne, 23.
Miss Selfe said: ‘I like prancing on the catwalk. They all look so sullen now, don’t you think? Why it is they all look so miserable? I always enjoy it. I don’t think you should grin at the audience but I do think you should look pleasant.’
I don’t know why they call me a supermodel, but they do,” Daphne Selfe laughs. “But I’m game for anything within reason and have to keep remembering I’m 87 and not 18 any more, and to work within my limits.” As Britain’s oldest supermodel, Daphne is enjoying her renaissance enormously.
Talking to me from her Hertfordshire home, she has recently returned from a fashion shoot in Sydney and also fronted a massive campaign for new High Street clothes label & Other Stories “I travelled first class all the way to Australia. It was such fun,” she says, “and the clothes were lovely, lots of Dior and Chanel.
There is no mistaking Daphne Selfe, the world’s oldest supermodel, when you meet her. There’s the outfit – today, a pink mac with a petrol-rainbow sheen and a slightly gangsta flat-link neck chain beneath her plain blue top – and then there’s her cheekbones that are so killer they should probably be doing time.
We’ve Got A Hot Model On Our Radar: And She’s 86!
Cosmo Today India By: Anmol Minhas Sept 2015
Ah, the Timeless Elegance of 86-Year-Old Supermodel Daphne Selfe:
Meet the “world’s oldest supermodel,” 86-year-old Daphne Selfe, whose modeling career literally spans seven decades.
Selfe began modeling in the 1950s and went on to pose for Dolce & Gabbana, Nivea, Olay and even Vogue after the age of 70. The woman is the poster child for aging gracefully, though, so you wont find her in the plastic surgeon’s chair.
“I’ve never had anything done to my face,” Selfe once told the Daily Mail. “Not that poison, not a face-lift. I think it’s a waste of money. Anyway, I couldn’t afford it!” (via HuffPo)
Seven decades a supermodel: The world’s oldest working fashion model Daphne Selfe shares the secrets of her longevity with Liz Jones
Life lessons from one of the world’s oldest models
Vogue chats to Selfe about how the modelling industry has changed since she began her career, advice she would tell her younger self and more…..
There’s no raw ingredient, fermented drink or alternative exercise class that keeps Daphne Selfe, who celebrates her 87th birthday today, looking young.
Daily Mail – Move over Cara! The world’s oldest supermodel, 86, proves she’s still got it as she lands new campaign for Vans and & Other Stories
A lifetime of glamour: Daphne Selfe the world’s oldest supermodel
She’s still got it! Daphne Selfe – the world’s oldest model – lands new campaign at the age of 86
Daphne fronts Dare to Wear fashion campaign by intu Trafford Centre
Drapers Womenswear Special: spring 15 preview
Daphne Selfe, the model who at 86 years old has been gracing the cover of magazines for more than 60 years, is fronting Drapers’ spring 15 Womenswear Special this week.
Daphne Selfe, la modelo cuya carrera despegó cuando cumplió 70
Ahora tiene 86 y Daphne Selfe sigue desmontando estereotipos y posando para las cámaras. Su espíritu vivaz y sus arrugas, que no borraría por nada del mundo, saben defender estilismos que muchos tildarían de prohibidos para una mujer de su edad
My Secret Life: Daphne Selfe, 84, model
Silver-haired Miss Selfe has starred in countless catwalk extravaganzas, campaigns and magazine spreads during her career and recently appeared in Channel 4 documentary Fabulous Fashionistas which profiled some of the UK’s most glamorous pensioners.
Talking about her style she said: ‘I have and wear a lot of vintage clothes and it is how I have always dressed. I still have my ‘going away suit’ which I bought in Madrid in the ‘50’s.
‘It’s thick white brocade cotton and can be put in the washing machine. It’s had several ‘updates’ over the years but is still as good as ever and I would hate to part with it.
And her top tip for negotiating a visit to TK Maxx? ‘Definitely to go when you are feeling fit and energetic – there’s a lot of choice!’
Meet six fabulous women – aged 73 and upwards – redefining what it means to be old
With an average age of 80, Bridget, Daphne, Jean, Gillian, Sue and Lady Trumpington are defying expectations of old age and have three things in common: to keep going, to look fabulous and to have fun, finds Louisa Peacock.
Growing old in style: Sue, Daphne and Lady Trumpington are three of the ‘fabulous fashionistas’ redefining old age
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