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January 1, 2016

5 Unorthodox Women Who Redefined Fashion For A Generation

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Life, for models in the fashion industry, is short. Most models start at a rather young age and end up retiring by their late 20s. But there are some who’ve either been discovered later (much later) and those who have re-written the norms of the industry. We bring you 5 women who
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Life, for models in the fashion industry, is short. Most models start at a rather young age and end up retiring by their late 20s. But there are some who’ve either been discovered later (much later) and those who have re-written the norms of the industry.

We bring you 5 women who are not only successful models but are also great-grandmothers.

#5 Bui Thi Xong – 78

Modelling happened to her by chance. She was spotted by photographer Rehahn while on a photo shoot in Vietnam. This beautiful photo of Mrs. Xong was used as a cover photo for his book. The photo not only made Rehahn popular but also changed things for Mrs. Xong.

#4 Graciela – 80+

Popularly known as the Cigar Lady’ or ‘Smokin Graciela’, Graciela is the most photographed Cuban woman. The local icon is spotted on the streets of Havana with a cigar in her hand, letting tourists take pictures of her for a few pesos.

#3 Daphne Selfe – 87

Daphne Selfe is the oldest supermodel and as I write this article, she is still plying her trade. Daphne has been modelling since 1949, when she was 21, and she hasn’t looked back since! She has been photographed by some of the best and renowned photographers such as Mario Testino and David Bailey. With beautiful long hair and a strict no-no policy to artificial face cream and beauty enhancers like botox, she is the world’s oldest (and also perhaps the prettiest) super model.

#2 Helen Ruth Van Winkle – 87

And you thought Instagram was for youngsters? Meet our 87 years old grandmother, popularly known as baddiewinkle, who has 1.6 million followers on Instagram and around 225k followers on Twitter. BTW, even Rihanna follows her.

#1 Iris Apfel – 90

Iris Apfel is a fashionista who ran a successful textile business and served under 9 US presidents as a White House interior decorator. She has a line of punchy makeup for MAC and an affordable jewellery collection for HSN.

These women are an inspiration to us all, shouting out loud that age is never a bar.

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