With Italian and Hungarian blood within her, Carmen Dell’Orefice was born in New York City, raised by the constant bickering and frequent break ups and reconciliations. She lived in foster homes or with other relatives during her parents’ conflicts and fights.
Just at the age of 13, she was introduced to the modeling business by the wife of photographer Herman Landschoff.
At the age of 15, however, her godfather introduced her to Vogue, and she signed a modeling contract. She became the favorite model of Erwin Blumenfeld, photographer, who shot her first cover.
On July July 19, 2011 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of the Arts London, in recognition of her contribution to the fashion world. Also, the university gave a retrospective exhibition curated by illustrator and long-time friend of hers, David Downton, showing all of Dell'Orefice’s Vogue covers, career highlights, and photographs from her personal archives.
Carmin Dell’Orefice is the pure and ultimate proof the age is just a number; that beauty is timeless and can be found not only on the surface, but underneath the skin as well.