Iris Apfel, 97, has become an accidental fashion icon over the past decade, and now she’s a certified model.
On Thursday, it was announced that Apfel has signed with IMG for worldwide representation for modeling, appearances, and endorsements.
“I’m very excited. I never had a proper agent,” Apfel told Women’s Wear Daily. “I’m a do-it-yourself girl. I never expected my life would take this turn so I never prepared for it.”
Apfel — who started a textile company, Old World Weavers, in 1950 with her late husband, Carl — has already starred in ad campaigns for Kate Spade, MAC Cosmetics, HSN, and more. Last year, she released a book, Iris Apfel: Accidental Icon.
It never occurred to her, as she nears 100 years old, that she might need help booking her own schedule — until a famous friend advised that Apfel should consider outsourcing.
“It all just happened so suddenly, and I thought at my tender age, I’m not going to set up offices and get involved with all kinds of things. I thought it was a flash in the pan, and it’s not going to last,” she said. “Somehow, people found me. People would just call. Tommy Hilfiger said that was no way to do it, and he put us together. I’m very excited and very grateful.”
But while Apfel is now represented by the same agency as Gigi Hadid, Ashley Graham, and nearly every Victoria’s Secret model, she has no plans to hit the runway: When asked what types of projects she’s looking for, Apfel quipped, “I don’t know. Just stick around.”
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