Meet the World's Oldest Supermodel, 83-Year-Old Daphne Selfe

04/16/2012 at 06:00 PM ET

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Elle Macpherson, eat your heart out! British beauty Daphne Selfe, 83, is still walking catwalks, starring in campaigns — and hasn’t indulged in any cosmetic enhancements.

“I think it’s a waste of money,” she tells the U.K.’s Daily Mail of facelifts and Botox. “Anyway, I couldn’t afford it!”

Selfe, who grew up modestly in Berkshire, got her start after winning a local newspaper’s modeling competition. “I’d been told I was nice looking a couple of times,” but was never considered beautiful, she says. “I then started working steadily, it was wonderful.”

Selfe says that these days, she “would never make it. I was too short, with wide shoulders from all the riding I did as a young girl. But no one ever asked me to lose weight.”

Crediting good genes and Boots creams for her youthful appearance, Selfe says she feels a bit badly about the pressures today’s models face. But nonetheless, “they are so lovely to me,” she insists. “They tell me they want to look like me when they get older.”

Getting older: something Selfe is certainly not afraid of. “It’s going to happen, so why worry?” she explains. “I try to remain cheerful, not grumpy.” For example, “I’ve developed glaucoma, but the drops I have to put in my eyes have made my lashes grow! So there is always a plus side.” Visit the Daily Mail to read more — and to learn about Selfe’s daring charitable photo shoot for Oxfam International.

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lonnie on

Botoz? Spell check! She’s lovely when dressed in clothing that older, wealthy women would wear, but the Madonna cone bra and the glamour gown are pretty scary (in the UK article link). Still, she looks great! Good for her.

Faith on

Simply Beautiful. She is truly a beauty.

N on

She is absolutely radiant, what an extraordinary beauty. Holywood take note, aging gracefully is the most beautiful thing. She is more lovely than all the young actress combined.

Harley on

Apparently the editors are out drinking.

Regardless, she’s a lovely woman. I hope one day, I too can age with the same dignity and grace as Ms. Selfe.

Enough on

And can we all stop saying ‘supermodel’ now too please?

She is beautiful though :)

Kat on

A true lady; I want to know how she gets her hair so fluffy, i’m a little jealous! :)

alejandra on

es una hermosa mujer y un ejemplo a seguir quiero ser como ella algun dia

lily on

Ms. Selfe is so refreshing to look at; a true beauty indeed.

Ally on

A true beauty!

Cindee on

Your shoulders don’t get wide from riding…. and glaucoma drops making eyelashes grow?

That being said she is lovely and good for her for enjoying life every step of the way….

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