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The world’s oldest supermodel has revealed the unlikely secrets behind her youthful appearance. British fashionista, Daphne Selfe (pictured), 95, from Baldock, Hertfordshire, is living proof of the benefits of ageing gracefully.
She started her modelling career at the age of 20, and some 60 years later it was still going strong. Career highlights include walking the runway for the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Tate-Naka and Nichiko Koshino, not to mention cameo appearances in numerous Bond films. But age she must, and this year marks a transition for Daphne because she has moved into a care home- but it’s anything but bleak. Funded by the Royal Variety Charity, the living space is as glam as Daphne.
To mark her new chapter, the 95-year-old met with The Telegraph – and in doing so, revealed the secrets behind her youthful glow. Daphne’s modelling career commenced in the 1950’s when she was 20 years old. She advertised cereal, beer, wine, gin, biscuits, and bacon, and her assignments saw her travel across the UK.
She settled in a suburban commuter town and supported her husband in his demanding career as a producer of Sunday Night at The Palladium, along with their three children and kitties and puppies. Her career has been curiously upside-down, and it was only when she turned 70, that it led her to the pages of fashion bible Vogue.
On top of Vogue, Dolce & Gabbana clamoured to have her in their ads; Marie Claire dressed her in beaded Alice Temperley, and she was flown to China, Chile, Norway, Brazil, and New Zealand for different jobs. She’s successfully proved that age is just a number, but there’s been a few beauty habits that have helped along the way. ‘I don’t wear much makeup-up now, but if I do wear makeup, I always take it off at night,’ she told The Telegraph. And when it comes to skincare, Daphne doesn’t require anything fancy; instead, trusty Nivea does the job.
Drinking lots of water and getting her five a day are equally as important for the mother-of-three, who gave a special mention to broccoli. Nonetheless, Daphne eats what she likes. Though the war time might have influenced her tendencies. ‘Being brought up in the war, you couldn’t eat too much anyway, and I think that stays with you,’ she said.
Though champagne got a special mention – even if she only allows herself a glass every now and then, especially on a special occasion. On top of a simple but trusty skincare regime and a healthy diet, Daphne praised the advantages of being out in nature. ‘I can’t walk everyday now, but I used to. I’ve always had dogs and horses, meaning I’ve always had to go out,’ she said.
In 2018, Daphne managed to secure a beauty campaign at the age of 89 – with makeup brand Eyeko. The glamorous fashionista appeared in a campaign for its Bespoke Mascara range, as she reflected on her career and her love of cosmetics. Daphne revealed that she likes having long and thick eyelashes, but now has naturally ‘sparse’ lashes.
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