Carmen Dell’Orefice, oldest living supermodel, poses nude in stunning photoshoot: 'We're not finished until the day we’re finished'

Supermodel Carmen Dell'Orefice, 91, graces the cover of New You magazine, where she opened up about her legendary career and the joys of growing old. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
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Carmen Dell'Orefice, the oldest living supermodel at 91, is still breaking barriers.
In the latest cover story for New You magazine, Dell'Orefice graces the pages with fashion icon Beverly Johnson, 69, as the duo talk about their decades-long career and how they've never let age dictate their take on beauty.
"We keep growing every day and we're not done until we're done," Dell'Orefice says of aging. "You're learning from the day before and you're constantly changing like the hands of a clock. Time flies but you can't see the hands move. It happens to people every day, and that's how you manage it and embrace the change."
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Dell'Orefice also posed nude for the shoot. The model, photographed by Fadil Berisha, looks radiant while lying in all-white linens.
At 91, supermodel Carmen Dell'Orefice posed nude for the cover of New You magazine. (Fadil Berisha for New You)
Of taking nude photos, she says, "It's their perception of what they see in you or me. We're there, there's a synergy, and they bring it out. That's their way of thinking. The photographer's mindset is high, not down the gutter. It's all projection. We're all silent actresses, and that's what it's about."
Since the beginning of Dell'Orefice's modeling career, the silver-haired beauty has been breaking records. At 15, she became one of Vogue's youngest cover models. She also spoke of being photographed by renowned fashion photographer Irving Penn for the magazine.
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“[Penn] told me to try to breathe as little as possible and not move. Just sit down,” she reflected on the historical shoot. "Irving was a really good friend to me and he physically saved my life. He got me to go to the Vogue staff doctor to make sure I was healthy enough to work because child labor permits were needed back then, especially at my young age. But I met the Vogue staff doctor who took care of me many decades later until his death.”
Carmen Dell'Orefice, pictured here around 1950, has worked continuously as a model since the late 1940s. (Erika Stein/Getty Images)
The supermodel's legacy is so ingrained in the industry that even Johnson couldn't help but gush.
"This woman is my idol. She's a model," Johnson, who was Vogue's first-ever black cover model in 1974, said of Dell'Orefice. "She has been a mentor to me and doesn't even know it, and I have the utmost respect for that woman. I know all your photos. She has the greatest and most impressive work of any model in fashion.”
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Even now, Dell'Orefice hasn't stopped working after appearing in campaigns for companies like H&M, Sephora and Missoni. She even walked the runways for designers like Thierry Mugler, Moschino and Isaac Mizrahi.
What drives her, the ageless beauty says it's all about self-love.
"Men and women should take care of themselves and love themselves," she said. "One of the secrets of maintaining beauty is doing what you do for a baby, nurturing and feeding the baby with love."
85-year-old model closes couture show
Instead of getting a marriageable young girl to wear a wedding dress to conclude her show, Chinese haute couture designer Guo Pei chose legendary 85-year-old model Carmen Dell'Orefice.
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