Young, thin models tend to dominate the catwalks and fashion shoots, but a group of stylish pensioners is giving them a run for their money and appearing in glossy ads for eyewear and designer clothes.
At 93, Ilona Royce Smithkin didn’t expect to become a style photographer’s muse, even less a model for a global fashion house.
When a young photographer started a blog in 2008 called Advanced Style in homage to the stylish senior citizens of New York, he heard on the grapevine about a boldly-dressed artist in her late 80s with flame-red hair and sky-high eyelashes of the same hue. Ari Seth Cohen, now 31, was immediately intrigued and began searching.
“I knew I just had to meet her,” he laughs. “She sounded just like the pictures of expressive, colourful older women I used to draw as a child.”
Over the next 18 months he kept an eye out in the streets and shops of Manhattan’s West Village. “Then one day I saw this woman in a bright chartreuse tracksuit and wonderful red hair flying in the wind, walking across the street and I knew it was her.”
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