Lanvin Features 82-Year-Old Jacquie Tajah Murdock in Fall/Winter Campaign

I have been keeping this secret for a while, but now I can reveal that Advanced Style’s Jacquie Tajah Murdock is one of the latest stars of Lanvin’s Fall/Winter 2012 campaign! I helped cast Jacquie and another Advanced Style model in the campaign and can’t wait to see the photos in print.

Jacquie has even more to celebrate with her 82nd birthday approaching next week. 
Jacquie told me,”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!”
One of the best things about starting Advanced Style has been seeing so many opportunities open up for these amazing older women. For the last three years,Lina Plioplyte and I have been filming the Advanced Style ladies for our upcoming documentary. I can’t wait for you to see more of Jacquie’s story including her first visit to the Lanvin casting. For more information about Jacquie CLICK HERE and watch the videos below:

  • Stunning!! She looks amazing. This blog makes me proud to be a woman.



  • OMG! Jacqui is STUNNING. What exciting times these are. Congratulations to her and to you, Ari! You both must be thrilled!

  • Great women!
    I love her Style!!! amazing
    xoxo from germany!

  • She's absolutely *stunning* in that ad!

  • She warms my heart. I love when good things happen to good, deserving people.

  • Congratulations!
    Proof that dreams never stop coming true. 😛

  • I think this campaign (and the American Apparel one in your sidebar) is proof of what a great impact Advanced Style is making. Bravo, Ari and congratulations, beautiful Jacquie. This is such a touching story.

  • Wow, so nice to read this. I love your blog. It's amazing to see all these beautiful women. Makes me so happy.

    Thank you!

  • Congratulations Jacquie and Ari. Jacquie, you are magnificent.

  • Bravo to Jacquie and to Lanvin, they could not have chosen a more beautiful model!

  • Holy cats, she looks fierce! What a gorgeous photograph. Kudos to Jacqui, and to Lanvin, for seeing the beauty in an older woman, for a change!

  • She is A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E!!!! I love your site!

  • A beautiful lady. And a good reminder to never give up one's dreams… matter our age:)

  • She looks amazing 🙂

  • I knew that I recognised Jaqui when I saw the Lanvin campaign but could not place her – so thanks for your tweet. And this is amazing news! Keep up the good work.

  • Divina!

  • Man, you´ve done well…this is amazing..and she is a testament of what timeless elegance stands for…can´t wait to see your documentary.

    The Black Label

  • CarolWL

    Wow. She looks fantastic! Ari, see what an impact you and your blog and your lovely women are making on the fashion world?!? Plus, you're making all of us feel beautiful. Congratulations, Jacquie, and congratulations, Ari.

  • nice xx :))

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  • The peplum is sensational!

  • wow, the ad is GORGEOUS!

  • Oh Ari how wonderful for you both! Very, very well done dear man. You are inspiring so many people and I am in awe of your insight and persistence. Beautiful!

  • Wow, what beautiful photos! Those shoes have been on my wishlist and that dress is amazing- they go great together. Love your style!

  • Jacquie looks absolutely AMAZING in this ad! This story really touches my heart. You are incredible for getting the ladies in the ad. God bless you! Kiah

  • she is soo beautiful..I love her style,quite an inspiration..she makes me actually want to buy their

  • omg all the women on this blog are so beautiful! great blog!

  • Very exciting! Jacquie is stunning in this ad. You have changed many lives.

  • I can hardly wait to find out who the other model is. Ruth, Jenny, Mary, Rita, Linda, Ilona, Joyce? Who have I missed? Who, Ari Who? Smiles . . .

  • All I can say is CHIC!

  • Jacquie looks simply stunning in the Lanvin ad – how wonderful for her, and for you! I'm looking forward to seeing more of the Advanced Style ladies in ad campaigns

  • I can't get enough! It's so absolutely beautiful!!!

  • I think she may be a tad too thin for her age.

  • She is just incredible!


  • I'm so happy for Jacquie. Dreams do come true!

  • Retiring in a small town has compensations, but it's also limiting. Getting dressed up here often means a silk shirt over jeans–which makes it especially nice to see advanced style & these lovely trailbreakers in Lanvin's ad.
    We're planning to spend at least winters somewhere a bit more cosmoploitan, so I'm hoping to wear some advanced style myself. Thanks for the blog, & can't wait for the video!

  • Ooooh, love these, 'its never too late' fashion stories with happy endings. She looks The Business in the campaign!

  • All 82 year old woman should be this blessed to look as good as her. Her look is so refined and glamorous! That campaign ad is too fierce for words. Her suit shows off her amazing figure and that makeup along with her hair…Perfection.

  • I'm so glad I found your blog via facebook page: Vintage Black Glamour…

    "Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” ― Franz Kafka

  • Janis

    She looks so regal — and I love what she's wearing. I've never been very wild about fashion, but I think what I dislike is overdone patterns and accessorizing. A good body-flattering shape and the right color are really 90% of what works — her suit is spectacular.

  • A woman is not a woman
    Til time has lined her face
    For it's time that gives her beauty
    Charm and quiet grace

  • Amazing outfit for old ladies so nice.

  • I actually liked the ads with elder models, they were certainly something new and unexpected when they appeared. Some people might say it is for the shock factor, but I say, why not? I wrote an analysis of these for a school project and published a part of it on my blog, check it out if intereated.