There have been so many wonderful accomplishments of women throughout history to inspire others, no matter what age one may be. In fact, the 5 following individuals that we will be highlighting are all over 60 and has never let their age stop them from living to their fullest. Because, at the end of the day, age is truly just a number!
Before we get right to it, some of these women might not be as well known while some are easily recognizable. One thing’s for sure, none of them let their age stop them from accomplishing their dreams and making a solid impact with their intellect, passion and grit.
Carmen Dell’Orefice, 87
Most known for being the world’s oldest working model as of the Spring/Summer 2012 season, she was also on the cover of Vogue at the age of 15 and has been modeling ever since. She is instantly recognizable as the graceful and iconic beauty from fronting campaigns in H&M and Rolex. Her successful career has spanned over seven decades and has worked with some of the most proclaimed photographers of the 20th century (Cecil Beaton, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and even Salvador Dali). As of today, she calls New York her home and is still working as a model and continues to pave the way for fighting ageism in the modeling industry.
Ernestine Shepherd, 82
Meet “Ernie”. At the age of 79, she is not only a personal trainer, but also a professional model and competitive bodybuilder! In fact, in Rome, Italy, she was formally given the World’s Oldest Performing Female Bodybuilder by Guiness World Records. So, what are her secrets to aging? When she started working out, she slowly began under the guidance of an expert personal trainer to gradually condition her body. Understanding the importance of nutrition and physical fitness, she also sought out a nutritionist. She never stops listening to her body and gets the rest her body needs. Most importantly, she embraces a positive attitude about everything. A supreme role model to senior women, a teacher of life, she has many lessons to offer us regarding the topic of thriving at any age.
Iris Apfel, 96
Apfel is known for her attention to detail, love for intricate patterns/fabrics and of course, her eclectic style. Author of “Iris Apfel: Accidental Icon”, she found fame at the age of 83, when her unique sense of style was the main subject of the Costume Institute’s 2004 exhibition. Since then, her fame continued on with the documentary film Iris. Needless to say, she has become an iconic figure in leading the fight against ageism within the fashion and beauty industry.
Joan Rivers, 1933 – 2014
For over 50 years, Joan Rivers pioneered her very own brand of comedy, entertainment, and glamour. Her fame initially skyrocketed when she first appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and within 3 years, she was hosting That Show with Joan Rivers. She also went on to host Joan Rivers Classics Collection in 1990 but, of course, she didn’t stop there. She essentially transformed the red carpet event into a star-studded event by asking stars, “What are you wearing?” and later on, created and hosted Live from the Red Carpet for the E! Network. Throughout her career, Joan also penned 12 books and tirelessly worked on charities that she felt passionate about; God’s Love We Deliver, Guide Dogs for the Blind and The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Alice Waters, 74
A chef, restaurateur, food activist, and author, she is the epitome of female strength and power. Owner of Chez Panisse, a restaurant located in Berkley, CA that is famous for local and organic ingredients, she was one of the first women to win the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef in America award. In her free time, she also serves as a public advocate for school lunch reform and universal access to healthy, organic foods. Allan Stam, dean of UVA’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, which sponsors the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Citizen Leadership, states, “For more than four decades, she has championed intelligent policy options in the fields of nutrition and food policy, demonstrating the power of citizen leadership…”
We hope you could find inspiration and motivation from reading about these 5 women who have lived their to life to the fullest and continue to do so, no matter what their age may be. These women have taught us how to embrace life after 60, and to still pursue one’s dreams.
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