Model, 81, wows crowd at New York fashion show

Carmen Dell'Orefice 
By: David Ross 

(Scroll down for video) Even though she is 81-years-old she still gets people to turn their heads on the runway.

Carmen Dell'Orefice, who at 81 has the Guinness World Record for the oldest working model, still impresses when she makes her way down the catwalk. She made a splash at Fashion Week by walking the track twice in one day, and be photographed with Ryan Lochte.

She was discovered at age 13 while riding a bus in New York, and got a $7.50 per hour from Vogue at age 15. It was not all rosebuds since then, at age 77 she lost practically all her life's fortune in the Madoff scandal. That did not flinch Carmen, however, she has been working steadily ever since that setback.

How does she stay so beautiful?

Carmen says she is not dieting, but unlike fashion model Daphne Selfe also an octogenarian, she does get help from the surgeons.

In 1985, when she was about 50 years old, Carmen has written a sadly, now out of print beauty secrets book called Staying Beautiful: Beauty Secrets and attitudes of my forty years as a model.

Besides the occasional help of surgeons, in 2008 Carmen swore by Bag Balm, an ointment made by a farmer to soften nipples of cows and now used in horses, but apparently does wonders on human skin. "If it's good enough for horses, it's good enough for me," she joked. She said that it is just as good as the more expensive Elizabeth Arden eight hour Cream.

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