SINGAPORE - Carmen Dell'Orefice, the oldest supermodel in the world, has an important piece of advice for young supermodels: "Save your money by not buying the clothes you model in."
It is not surprising for the 83-year-old American to stress the importance of frugality.
Growing up, she did not come from a well-to-do family and had to save as much as she could. Dell'Orefice said that as a teenage model, she roller-skated to her assignments instead of taking the bus in order to save money on transportation.
She also said: "Education isn't necessarily (about) going to college," in response to other pointers she would give to young models. She added: "It is about building your character."
According to The Huffington Post, Dell'Orefice has endorsed luxury brands like Rolex and has taken part in runway shows for Hermes and John Galliano.
The octogenarian is in Singapore for Digital Fashion Week Singapore 2014, which takes place from today (Oct 31) until Monday (Nov 3).
Speaking at a press conference at Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore on Thursday, Dell'Orefice shared more about her life and career which has spanned almost seven decades.
When asked if it's true that she once described herself as "the Meryl Streep of modelling", Dell'Orefice explained that in her photographs, she tells a story as a "silent actress". As if worried her statement may come across as arrogant, Dell'Orefice further clarified that she personally admires the Hollywood icon.
Even though she is 83, with a full head of white hair tied up neatly in a bun, Dell'Orefice certainly does not look her age. Dressed in a flowing white top with straight-cut black pants, she looked graceful, elegant and poised.
A former ballerina, Dell'Orefice's upright posture and slim figure makes her appear at least 20 years younger. Her youthful looks are enhanced by an almost wrinkle-free face, thanks to several facial filler injections which she has admitted to having in the past, according to the Daily Mail.
When asked how she stays young, Dell'Orefice said: "I never abuse the gift of life and I have as much fun as I can."
Dell'Orefice will be opening for Digital Fashion Week Singapore 2014, where she will walk down the runway in creations by Singaporean designer Max Tan.
Other local design labels which will be featuring their collections at the four-day event include In Good Company and Depression. London-based label Fyodor Golan and Italian designer Cristiano Burani will also be showcasing their work.
Models to watch at the shows include America's Next Top Model cycle 20 winner, Jourdan Miller and Asia's Next Top Model Season 2 winner, Sheena Liam.
For more information on the event, visit www.digitalfashionweek.com.