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Daphne Selfe models for Vans and & Other Stories at age 86

When she's not writing, Claire Gillespie can most often be found wiping snotty noses, picking up Lego, taking photos of her cat or doing headstands.

'World's Oldest Supermodel' Selfe shows she's still got it in new online campaign

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Daphne Selfe, the woman dubbed "the world's oldest supermodel" is proof that you're never too old to model funky footwear. At the age of 86 she's the poster girl for generations of women who won't be willing to disappear into the shadows just because they reach a certain age.

Alongside 22-year-old Flo Dron, Selfe shows off the collaboration between Vans and & Other Stories, wearing the revamped classic footwear with pieces from the online store's SS2015 collection.

If you don't already know Selfe's story she started modelling in 1949 but, after getting married and having three children, gave up work to focus on her family. When she tried to get back into the industry in the 1960s she found herself rejected by agencies because she didn't have the look of the time (think Twiggy or Jean Shrimpton). It wasn't until 1988, at the age of 70, that Selfe finally got her big break. Quirky fashion label Red or Dead was looking for older models for its London Fashion Week show and discovered Selfe through the agent she had stayed registered with since her early days in the business. This lead to a Vogue shoot for an issue celebrating age, where she met a scout for Models 1, and the start of a lucrative career.

Since then she's been featured on the fashion pages of The Guardian, in Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar and Dazed & Confused, appeared in Will Young's 2002 video for "Light My Fire," modelled for Nivea and TK Maxx and been photographed by Mario Testino, Rankin and Nick Knight. Last year she took part in the "Dare to Wear" campaign for Manchester's Trafford Centre.

There's no doubt that Selfe doesn't just look good for her age — she looks good, full stop. So what's her secret? It seems simple: embracing natural beauty.

"Age happens to us all, no one's immune, and I would never buy an expensive face cream, let alone consider surgery,” she has said. “I've always believed that my face tells the story of my life — why would I want to change it? I reached the same conclusion about my hair when I reached 60. So what if it was grey? It's nothing to be ashamed of. So I let the rinse fade and the silver shone through. It's the only thing I've ever done that's taken years off me."

'World's Oldest Supermodel' Selfe shows she's still got it in new online campaign

Photo credit: & Other Stories

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'World's Oldest Supermodel' Selfe shows she's still got it in new online campaign

Photo credit: & Other Stories

'World's Oldest Supermodel' Selfe shows she's still got it in new online campaign

Photo credit: & Other Stories

'World's Oldest Supermodel' Selfe shows she's still got it in new online campaign

Photo credit: & Other Stories

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