Hello Beautiful models and fans of CMR. It’s Angelita Aronce Sorensen here with my weekly blog. I’m sure you’ve heard the old adage “Age is just a number”. In this current time, yes, age is simply a number at least in my opinion. There are many examples of famous celebrities that got their start late in life. There is an American Model named Carmen Dell’Orefice (pictured right below) who is known in the fashion industry as the oldest living working model in the world. She hit the runway for the Spring 2013 collection at the age of 81. I’m sure that may help put your age into perspective if you’re wondering if it’s too late for you to start. Granted, she’s been modeling for over 60 years but now there are even agencies that represent the mature models. You can read more about Carmen at this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmen_Dell%27Orefice
Some of the most famous celebrities weren’t even known until their 30’s like Sylvester Stallone, famous for the Rocky franchise or Harrison Ford from Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Recently there was a Dove Soap ad campaign that featured senior models. Just because you didn’t start modeling as a teenager doesn’t necessarily mean that the modeling window has closed. , Read this article about Baby Boomer Models: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2012/04/boomer-age-models-take-the-spotlight/ Although I attempted modeling when I was a teen, I had so many doors closed on me that I gave up because I lacked the self-confidence to keep trying.
Fast forward to the age of 41, I embarked on a modeling and acting career simply because my daughter thought I should. It was a dream that I had I buried long ago and although I’ve had more rejections than I can count, this time it didn’t stop me, I just kept going to as many modeling and acting casting calls as I could. There is always a need for actors of any age but modeling is where I’ve been most successful. Ages 41 to 43 were the years I struggled the most in acting and modeling but my hard work paid off because I gained the respect of the local acting and modeling community. At the age of 44 I was signed as the Face of N-V-Us Fashions & Boutique, www.nvusllc.com, I was crowned Ms. Texas Plus Size Diva and happened to be the oldest contestant. I graced the cover of Latin Connection this past January and thanks to my friends and fans, I was voted the July profile pic winner and one of the Faces of Fashion A Go Go on Curvy Models Rocks just to name a few of my accomplishments. I’m not in anyway against cosmetic enhancements but I’ve never had any fillers, botox or anything like that. That’s not to say I never will but as of now, I don’t feel the need to do that.
Women are beautiful at any age, especially now with people living healthier lives and modern medicine helping to extend the human life expectancy there is a greater need for mature models than there ever has been in history. At one time, it was common for a model’s career to be over by the time she hit the age of 30 or even younger. Now it’s become more socially acceptable to model for a longer period of time or to get started later in life. There are even beauty pageants that showcase the mature women as well as the younger age brackets such as the United America Pageant, http://www.unitedamericapageant.com/ CMR has also showcased some beautiful mature models as well. I’ve noticed the average age of many of these beautiful models is 30. Twenty years ago, that was the exception, definitely not the average. There is no better time than now to get started if this is your dream or to go after any of your dreams. Only you can make your dreams a reality.
As always, remember, take control of your future, even if it means smashing through preconceived boundaries in this industry. Don’t allow anyone to tell you that you can’t go after your dreams and until next week, stay positive!
Head shot by: Imiko
Latin Connection Magazine photo by: Angels on Earth Photography
Full body shot by: Washhboy Photography
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