Jacquie 'Tajah" Murdock believes women can be beautiful and sexy at any age, and the 82-year-old just made her point by landing her first high-profile modeling job.Lanvin, the French high-fashion label, chose the octogenarian for its fall advertising campaign. Judging from the photographic result, it is the job for which she was destined.
Jacquie is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and looks like she has been modeling all her life as she tilts her head back alluringly, dressed in a form-fitting forest-green dress with dangling earrings.
The grandmother of 10 has brought worldwide attention to an unlikely cast of 'real' people to be photographed in the brand’s latest campaign, writes the Daily Mail.
Lanvin’s artistic creator, Alber Elbaz, hand-picked the new 'crazy family' of models, which also includes an unknown waiter, milliner, and a recent U.S. immigrant.
But Jaquie Murdock is truly the star of the campaign. The classy former dancer who performed at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater is not just another pretty face. She has also earned three degrees, including a master's from the prestigious New York University.
'I wanted to become another Josephine Baker or a high-fashion model on the runway,' she told the Daily Beast, 'but the opportunity was not there for women of color.'
Lanvin’s “forever young” beauty is of Jamaican descent and was born in Harlem. She demonstrates that women can be permanently glamorous and desirable and says she forgets about her senior status. Her secret? She told the New York Post she still thinks as if she were in her twenties.
She joked: ‘The other day I was pointing at those "old people". I forgot I’m one of them!’
‘Tajah’ also appears on the blog of street snapper Ari Seth Cohen as well as in his recent book about stylish seniors, Advanced Style.
She told the Post, “A lot of people look at me and think I must have had a glamorous life, but you’ve got to work for it. Nothing just falls in your lap.'
Despite her academic credentials and personal accomplishments, Jacquie Murdock says she has always retained a focus on fashion.
She insists she will never retire. As well as performing and lecturing at Harlem’s Jazz Museum, she is writing a memoir.
She told Fashionista.com that she had a wonderful time on the Lanvin campaign set.
'Alber Elbaz kept kissing me and saying "I love you, I love you, I love you!", she said. 'He came to say goodbye to me and said, "Imagine if I never met you."
He said, "What's next?" I said, "Paris, that's what's next!"'