DOLLED UP: Modeling is for the young. Or is it? Not when the model in question is Carmen Dell’Orefice. A top model in the Fifties, Dell’Orefice is still working in her eighth decade. Now she’s being immortalized as a doll. The Tonner Doll Co. in Kingston, N.Y., has created what it claims is the first doll to depict a mature woman. Robert Tonner, the company’s chief executive officer and a doll artist, said three or four more Dell’Orefice dolls with different styles will be added in the fall. The doll, which will be available at FAO Schwarz, costs $200.
Dell’Orefice has worked in fashion since she was 15 years old, gracing the covers of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. She’s been the face of Chanel and Dior in advertising and was a muse for Salvador Dalí. The last time she walked the runway was in 2013.
This story first appeared in the June 6, 2014 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
The same gifts that made her a famous years ago have continued to serve her well — soaring cheekbones, big blue eyes and a shock of white hair. “She’s so gorgeous,” Tonner said. “Why shouldn’t she be a beauty icon like a 20- or 30-year-old?”