Carmen Dell'Orefice in Ad for Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Royal Black

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Carmen Dell'Orefice has been a model since before most Americans would consider modeling a profession. Spanning an impressive 70 years, she was posing for the likes of Irving Penn and Richard Avedon in the 1940s, gracing the cover of Vogue at age 16. She was also a muse for Salvador Dali, posing for him as a teenager in New York. 

She is the oldest ever working model, having walked in New York Fashion Week in September of 2012, over 60 years after her first vogue cover. "I think America may be growing up and accepting the fact that the bulk of life exists beyond 50," Dell'Orefice told The Today Show at the time. 

In 2009, the model was featured in ads for the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Royal Black. Styled with tousled gray hair and black gloves in the print ad below, her sophisticated gaze and high cheekbones exude classic elegance. 

Class is Forever Rolex Ad Carmen Dell'Orefice
Model Carmen Dell'Orefice in 2009 Rolex Ad at Age 78

'Class is Forever' reads the ad copy, a phrase that is true for both the Rolex brand and the timeless beauty of Carmen Dell'Orefice. Still modeling as an octogenarian, she says it keeps her young - and who are we to argue?

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