Jacquie “Tajah” Murdock is 82 and was a dancer at the Apollo Theater when she was 17-years-old. Today, she is the oldest model in Lanvin’s fall campaign, which features real people. Ms. Murdock told Ari Seth Cohen (who runs a fabulous blog featuring stylish older women called “Advanced Style) “This campaign is a dream come true. I grew up in Harlem always wanting to be a model, but in my day there were very little opportunities for women of color to work in fashion. At 18 I went from agent to agent looking for jobs, even as a hand model. I have finally made it and I will never give up. Hopefully some day I will get to Paris!”
So happy to finally get a look at her in the campaign! She looks amazing.
Here’s her Advanced Style video. Can’t get over how dope she is.
Ernestine & Racehorse Billy
The back reads: “This is not my girl, but she is my racing partner & one of the best around here. Her name is Ernestine, and the fellow is Racehorse Billy.”
[Donated by the Earl McCann Collection]
That inscription is so boss. What will the back of your metaphorical life photos say? Hmmm…
In my head they say “She burned her mark into the world.” In reality there would probably be mention of my tendency to overdo it & my hedonistic tendencies.”