I have had more magazine covers in the last 25 years than I have had in my whole elongated career. Today I am in a territory that business considers unmarketable: age and white hair. Slowly, however, I started to own that territory little by little because I stood up for age.
Fashion is more about taste than money - you have to understand your body and tailor clothes to your needs; it's all about the fit. I do the alterations myself - I'm quite a seamstress - it's the influence of my Hungarian mother.
We're all works of art in progress.
As a model, I didn't have an identity; I was a chameleon, a silent actress. I was an amorphous thing. I wasn't full of personality, I was full of solitude and solemnity. I wasn't a cover-girl type.
I didn't marry to have children. I married to have a relationship, and I was blessed with one child. I was an only child, too - my mother was smarter than most women today; she just had me.
I'm a working woman of 80 trying to work out what the image I can project is. How I can do it with, you know, dignity.
When asked her view of cosmetic surgery, Carmen Dell'Orefice replies, '”That's a very polite way of asking me, I'm sure, ‘Have you had a facelift?' Well, if you had the ceiling falling down in your living room, would you not go and have a repair?
I don't live for stuff and things, and if I had to live in a cardboard box, I would put curtains on it.
My mother was harsh and constantly told me I had jug ears and heaven knows what else. But she was devoted and a hard worker.
If your ceiling is falling down, don't you call someone in? I apply the same principle to myself.
If you had the ceiling falling down in your living room, would you not go and have a repair?
There's always a boyfriend. Whatever else I have to give up on, I won't give up on love.
The money I've earned has enabled me to keep my life in my own hands. I had a terrific body, and I got paid for using it.
My life has been amazing. How many other ladies of 76 can say that the snapshot on their senior citizen's card was taken by Norman Parkinson?
We were so poor that my mother would often leave me in a foster home until she could raise enough money to rent rooms for us.
Even with a computer, I can't get rid of all the papers in my life.
You know, Italian-Hungarian - no matter how linear and cool I look on the outside, I have all that energy trying to find its way through life.
We are oceans apart. My mother had a very difficult life.
I'm loath to do interviews. What comes out is generally not what I meant or thought I was saying or thought they were asking.
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