The epitome of 60s fashion, former fashion “it girl” Penelope Tree is now 66. Tree admits that even now, she has difficulty remaining calm. “I try to see what the priorities are and not get terribly fussed about things that don’t matter. Not be swept away by feelings and emotions, which is my tendency,” says Tree.
Jenni Rhodes has worked in fashion for her entire life. The 81 year old former actress has an eclectic style that focuses on classic vintage pieces. The grandmother, who was influenced by art at a young age, is called “Glam Gran” by her family. The model still works, appearing in the fall catalog for the UK-based fashion house Vielma.
Pia Gronning, 65, a Danish actress who had a bit part in The Two Jakes was recently featured in a J. Crew catalog. Gronning modeled a casual, yet sophisticated look, with natural hair and makeup. Pia says that in Denmark, many women of her age maintain their classic look instead of trying to look younger.
Veruschka von Lehndorff
The German 1960s model and actress still flaunts her signature style, even at 77. Von Lehndorff was discovered in Florence at a mere 20 years old, after trying to move forward from a tragic family history that included the execution of her father. Her fascinating life story includes time with Salvador Dali, as well as a famous feud with Grace Mirabella.
Jacky O’Shaughnessy has made history with her silver age underwear modeling, working with hipster brand American Apparel. O’Shaughnessy was invited to join American Apparel’s “What’s Underneath Project”, a huge achievement for a model of 62. Jacky broke the mold of young, malnourished models with her photographs in lacy underwear.
Ilona Royce Smithkin
Ilona Royce Smithkin, a fiery haired, eclectic senior model, uses her preference for vibrant pieces to her advantage. The 93 year old is known for her zany personality, as well as her history of sketching celebrities, including author Ayn Rand. “Each day follows the other and I do the best I can,” says Smithkin.
Famous Swedish-American actress Ann-Margret, known for her roles in Bye Bye Birdie and the Grumpy Old Men movies, has aged gracefully. Margret had some success in the 60s and 70s as a singer, but most of her fame comes from her time in the entertainment industry.
Joyce Carpati was once an opera singer, now a mother and grandmother with some seriously good style. Carpati recalls her discovery of style during her return to New York from studying abroad in Italy, in an article with Today. “Many people do stop me in the street to tell me very nice things, even today, and I’m very happy,” she says.
Linda Rodin, who was donning vibrant red lips way before Taylor Swift, is a respected 67-year-old stylist. Rodin created Rodin Olio Lusso, a popular face oil and credits her vibrancy to 8-9 hours of sleep each night, healthy eating habits, and eating sweets and high calorie foods in moderation.
Lynn Dell Cohen
Lynn Dell Cohen was a New York City icon. She owned the Off Broadway Boutique and nicknamed the “Countess of Glamour”. Cohen’s style was vibrant and eccentric, yet sophisticated in it’s uniqueness. In addition for her love for fashion, Cohen also loved to travel, often bringing back items for her shop. She passed away in 2015.
Model and poet Leslie Winer had an illustrious career in her earlier years, once working for brands such as Valentino and Dior. Winer also dabbled in music, helping Sinedad O’Conner write “Just Call Me Joe,” recording her own album, “Witch,” in the 1990s. Winer was a part of Vivienne Westwood’s 2014 Spring and Summer campaign.
Actress Joan Allen is known for her iconic girl-next-door looks, landing her lead roles throughout her acting career. Allen is also a Tony Award winner, Academy Award nominee, Emmy nominee and was in a Pulitzer Prize winning play. Outside of Hollywood, Allen has a laid-back life, with just one daughter, Sadie, who’s a homemaker.
Italian actress Sophia Loren is one of the most iconic women of her generation, starring in lead roles that cemented her history as a sex icon. Loren was only a teenager when she started acting, and she went on to win an Academy Award, a Grammy, multiple Golden Globes, as well as an Oscar.
Author and poet Joan Didion joined brand Céline for a shoot at the age of 80. Didion, who writes poetry about grief and anxiety, also once worked for Vogue as a copywriter, as well as an associate features editor. Didion has a intriguing and impressive career that also includes screenwriting and personal memoirs.
Valerie Von Sobel
The 73-year-old actress, designer and philanthropist is also known for her stunning style. Valerie Von Sobel’s red hair and impeccable taste have contributed to her legacy, which includes a considerable amount of philanthropy, including work with the Andre Sobel River of Life charitable organization. The organization was named for her son, who died of a brain tumor.
Colleen Heidemann, known for her mantra “If not now, when?”, still rocks a glamorous look even in her late 60s. Heidemann has been featured many times on the Advanced Style blog, highlighting her affinity for long, theatrical dresses, bold prints, and large accessories. Heidemann cites Audrey Hepburn and Ann-Margret as inspiration.
American actress Glenn Close, 69, known for her roles in Fatal Attraction and 101 Dalmatians, is still as stylish as ever. Close has the most Oscar nominations in history without a win, but has won multiple Tonys, Emmys, Golden Globes.
Judith Boyd has worked in consignment and clothing stores, once owning a hat shop. On Boyd’s blog, “The Style Crone,” she says, “I am always inspired by diversity and individual expression and find inspiration everywhere.” Boyd is based in Denver, Colorado and travels often.
Valerie Pain, 73, was featured in a runway show of designer duo Fyodor Podgorny and Golan Frydman, or combined, FYODOR GOLAN. Pain was a model in the 60s, and is represented currently by Close Models. In an interview with The Daily Mail, Pain talked about her desire for more lines to use older models, identifying it as a great opportunity.
Lauren Hutton, who has been featured in Vogue magazineover 20 times, is known for her signature gap between her two front teeth. Hutton once tried to remedy the gap with wax, but then accepted it. The gap actually gave her more of a personality, helping her outshine other models.
The elegant and fashionable Sarah Wiley, who was featured in Stella magazine, only started modeling at 57. Now 66, Wiley considers herself a part of an elite group of older models who just started working in the past few years. According to an interview with Telegraph, Wiley says she finds the most beautiful thing is being interested.
American singer and songwriter Reba McEntire is also one of the most stylish, put together women over 60. McEntire is known for her successful career in music, as well as her acting career, starring in her own sitcom, “Reba,” for many years. McEntire has also starred on Broadway.
American actress and model Carmen Dell’Orefice is one of the world’s oldest models, starting in the industry at just 15. Carmen has been featured in Vogue, and was reportedly the muse of Salvador Dali. Dell’Orefice continues to thrive, even being featured in the ad campaign for Isaac Mizrahi’s Target line.
American actress and strong Bernie Sanders supporter Susan Sarandon has had an expansive film career, with her biggest fame stemming from her role in Thelma and Louise. Sarandon is also one of the most sophisticated women in Hollywood, a strong political activist and a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
Pam Lucas, 65, is one of the most diverse of older models, being featured in The Sunday Times, Wallpaper, and Vogue. Lucas became a model in her 50s, and is known for her signature long, wavy grey hair. She walked the catwalk during London Fashion Week and is strong demand in the modeling world.
China Machado, who made history on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar in 1959 as the first non-white woman being featured, is still the epitome of class and style. Throughout her illustrious career, Machado has worked for Christian Dior, Balenciaga, and Givenchy.
One of the most visually striking of older models, Daphne Selfe is also one of the most confident. Selfe famously depicted Madonna in her Material Girl days, donning a top of head pony tail and pointy, corset bra in a campaign to help promote bra donations for less fortunate women.
Cindy Joseph, founder of BOOM! skincare, was plucked off the street with no modeling experience at the age of 49. Joseph signed on with the prestigious Ford Models, securing her work with brands such as Anthropologie, Olay, Banana Republic, and Nivea.
Ellen Jamison, managed by Wrenn Management, is extremely memorable with her snow white hair, flawless skin, and bright brown eyes. Jamison has been featured in ads for Prada, Lexus, Groupon, Nikon and Samsung. In one of her most memorable ads, Jamison dressed in all white for The Venetian, grinning and donning funky white eyeglasses.
English actress Helen Mirren is known for her grace and timeless beauty, known for her roles in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Excalibur, Teaching Mrs. Tingle, Calendar Girls, and Prime Suspect. Mirren is accomplished, also working on Broadway and in theater, taking on roles such as Queen Elizabeth II and Cleopatra.
Famous fashion icon Iris Apfel, 94, is the focus of an upcoming documentary highlighting her career in fashion. Apfel is known for her bold, innovative, one of a kind style. “When you don’t dress like everyone else, you don’t have to think like everyone else,” says Apfel of her quirky, courageous style.
French actress, model and producer Catherine Deneuve is known for her iconic look, working with famous directors such as Roman Polanski. Deneuve is the muse of Ives Saint Laurent, also having worked with top brands such as Louis Vuitton, MAC Cosmetics and L’Oréal Paris. She’s also an accomplished fashion designer.
Eccentric jewelry designer and artist Gretchen Schields had a unique upbringing that sparked her love for fashion. Schields grew up in international cities such as Japan and Hong Kong, exposing her to different cultures at a young age. SILK ROAD, her jewelry line, draws from her idyllic childhood with it’s bold, bright beads and threads.
American actress Jessica Lange, most recently known for her work on “American Horror Story” with Ryan Murphy, has a long history in Hollywood. Lange has won multiple awards for her incredible work, such as Academy Awards, Emmys, and Golden Globes. Lange is also an accomplished activist, as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and a photographer.
Jacquie Tajah Murdock
Former dancer Jacquie Tajah Murdock, now 82, was initially discovered by Advanced Style editor Ari Cohen. Cohen prompted Murdock to try to get featured in Parisian fashion house Lanvin’s upcoming campaign, which resulted in her getting picked up by the high end brand. In an interview with Fashionista, Murdock says strangers photograph her frequently because of her unique style.
Born Birgit Kroencke, model and artist Gitte Lee, 81, prefers a classic, refined look. Lee has been married to actor Christopher Lee since 1961, and has been a long-term style icon in Hollywood. Lee dons wide frames, long, elegant dresses, and dramatic accessories such as feather capes to express her bold personality.
American actress Raquel Welch made her mark in film during the 60s and 70s. Welch’s striking looks made her a sex icon in her prime, leading her to a successful career in film. Welch released The Raquel Welch Total Beauty and Fitness Program series in the early 1980s, followed by a line of wigs.
Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, has evolved beyond just being the father of famous models Kylie and Kendall Jenner. With her transition to becoming a woman, Jenner has shown her range as a late in life model, with her striking looks being compared to Jessica Lange’s. Jenner was famously featured on the cover of Vogue after her transition last year.
Artist and hat designer Carol Markel is known for her bold style, frequently incorporating primary colors into her designs. Markel is a graduate of F.I.T, and her range extends beyond just hats. Carol is also known for her photo montages, jewelry, and her fashion and style blog, Femme et Fleur.
Christie Brinkley is one of the most famous models, with her work with Sports Illustrated and CoverGirl. Brinkley has a extensive career in print, and is a devoted philanthropist, dedicating her time and resources to organizations such as The Democratic Party and PETA. In her career, Brinkley has been a cover girl over 500 times.