Meet Daphne Selfe. She is 82 and grandmother of four. To her age truly is state of mind.

Daphne Selfe

The octogenarian, attached to top agency Models 1, is Britain’s oldest working fashion model. Currently the face of Wunderkind, Daphne is still bursting with the energy of those 20 years her junior. She has appeared in Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Marie Claire, Italian Vanity Fair, Tatler, The Observer, The Times, and the Independent to name but a few, and been photographed by the likes of Mario Testino, Nick Knight, and David Bailey. She has appeared in commercials for companies like Nivea and Olay and has modeled for designers the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Michiko Koshino and Tata-Naka, making her Britain’s oldest catwalk model.

Daphne Selfe - The Face of Wunderkind

Daphne began her modeling career in 1950 when she was 20, and thanks to her perfect posture, incredible cheekbones, demure smile and grey hair, she’s now more popular than she’s ever been, promoting the benefits of going grey.  She has never had any cosmetic surgery done, and earns up to $1,600 a day working as a model.

Commenting on her graying hair, she said: “It made me more striking. My hair is my fortune.”

Regarding competition with younger models, Daphne Selfe says most of them admire her, but they’re not jealous because they don’t see her as a threat. She admits she has a niche all of her own.

Daphne was discovered in 1950 while working in the fashion department of John Lewis in Reading. Her colleagues convinced her to enter a local modeling competition, which she ended up winning and she was then photographed by the established photographer Gilbert Adams.

When a London agency held a fashion show at the Reading store – then known as Heelas – they needed a last minute model to fill in. She proved a success and she was signed by the agency and sent on a three week training course in London. For her first job she was paid 15 guineas – the equivalent to Ł15.75.

She went on to become a house model for clothing manufacturers and furriers and appeared in a few advertising campaigns. She remembers she had a decent career for about five years, but she was nothing special back then. She then married and had three children but continued her modelling career.

Daphne Selfe - Now and Then

Although she continued to work as a model, Daphne’s big break came fairly late, in 1998, a year after her husband passed away. She was contacted by her agent and asked to appear in the Red or Dead show, at London Fashion Week where she was spotted by one of the world’s largest modeling agencies, Models 1. Her modeling career really took off after that. It began with an appearance in Vogue magazine, after which she learned there were plenty of big companies eager to work with a good looking older woman to appeal to older demographics.

Daphne Selfe - Targeting older demographics

Daphne says she’s lucky she’s half Irish, which is where she gets her strong bone structure and slim figure, and claims her long grey hair is the secret behind her glorious career. She maintains her svelte shape by eating large amounts of fruits, vegetables and fish, drinking plenty of water and doing yoga (she can still do the splits).

When she started modelling in 1950, she weighed 10 stone and boasted vital statistics of 36-24-37. She now is a stone and a half lighter with figures that have barely altered – 36-26-36.

She said models were under pressure to be too thin: “Some girls are naturally slim, like Lily Cole, but others take it too far and just look ill and gaunt.

“There should be a far wider spread of body shapes but at the end of day, the clothes must look good too. It’s tricky.”


Money can’t buy you love. Try telling that to some of the rich and powerful Chinese in Wuhan, China.

The afternoon of June 25th was a beautiful day with blue skies at the East Lake beach in Wuhan. 6o beautiful women dressed in sexy swimsuits were parading on a small stage. You will be forgiven for thinking that it is a beauty contest or a swimsuit modeling show.

Some of the participants on stage

4 of the sexy participants

Beautiful 'meat' on the stage

Two of the girls parading

The lake beach parade

Girls parading before the rich bachelors

Men oogling at the girls

It was actually a special matchmaking event for China’s rich bachelors. All of the males who attended the event had to fork out 99,999 yuan (about USD 15,450) for the entrance ticket to this event and provide proof they owned assets of over 30 million yuan (about USD 4.6 million) or had an annual income of at least 1 million yuan (about USD 155,000).

The women did not need to pay any registration fees to participate, but were required to pass through rigorous rounds of selection, including a swimsuit catwalk segment in front of the judges and guests at the event, before they can enter the final evening dinner cruise.

At the Saturday afternoon parade, the 60 beautiful women appeared in hot and stylish bikinis, generously revealing their healthy and beautiful bodies in their attempts to snare a rich husband. It is like a meat market for the rich!

Sexy but very materialistic!

A girl flaunting her body shape

Sexy parade

Trying to snare a rich husband with her revealing cleevage

If money can buy the men love, may the lucky couples live happily ever after — and let the men pray that they never go bankrupt.


At last weekend’s Julien’s auction in Beverly Hills, California, featuring memorabilia from the Beatles, Madonna and Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson reigns supreme.

The King of Pop’s red and black calfskin ‘Thriller’ jacket sold for $1.8 million. The late pop star wore the jacket in a scene with a troupe of zombies who rise from their graves and break into a dance routine in his 1983 zombie-ridden “Thriller” video. The 14-minute clip is considered one of the most influential music videos ever made.

The calfskin jacket worn by Michael Jackson in his Thriller video (Photo Credit: Matt Sayles/Associated Press)

Michael Jackson in a scene from the music video "Thriller"

The winning price was exponentially above the pre-auction estimate of $200,000 to $400,000. A portion of the proceeds will go to actress Tippi Hedren's Roar Foundation. The pop star's Bengal tigers, Thriller and Sabu, have been living at the foundation's Shambala Preserve since Jackson left Neverland Ranch in 2006.

The jacket was designed by Deborah Landis, the wife of "Thriller" director John Landis. It was given by Jackson, who died on the 25th of June 2009, to his longtime costume designers Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush. The inside lining is inscribed "To Bush and Dennis, All My Love, Michael Jackson," and the sleeve is signed "Love Michael Jackson."

Michael Jackson's Thriller jacket sold for $1.8 million

Its sale came exactly two years after the then 50-year-old Jackson was killed by a surgical anesthetic called Propofol, which a Los Angeles coroner ruled killed the singer in combination with several sedatives found in his blood.

Darren Julien, president and CEO of Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, Callifornia, said the jacket was purchased by Milton Verret, a commodities trader and philanthropist from Austin, Texas.

Verret, who also owns the jacket Jackson wore during his Bad tour, revealed that the jacket will be put on display at Dell Children's Hospital in Austin, before sending it around the world to display as a fundraising tool for children's charities in the spirit of Jackson.

Verret has a history of making pop-culture purchases to benefit the less fortunate. He paid $120,000 at auction for a $20,000 2009 motorcycle signed by Jay Leno to benefit a New York children's charity. He spent another $120,000 on eight "Big Guitars" during the 2009 GuitarTown charitable auction in Austin, donating the pieces to the city afterward.

"It is one of the most important pieces of rock 'n' roll memorabilia in history," Verret said.

The jacket wasn't the only piece of memorabilia from the late King of Pop that was part of the auction. The signature fedora Jackson wore during his Bad Tour was sold for $16,250, his handwritten note to Elizabeth Taylor went for $5,625 and a signed pillowcase fetched $3,584. And a bidder paid out $330,000 -- more than 10 times what Julien's had expected to get -- for one of the famous, shiny, crystal-covered gloves that Jackson wore during the 1980s.

Other pieces of history, from other members of music royalty, were also featured at the auction. While gold records and instruments were common items, others were more practical -- like Frank Sinatra's boots (selling for $2,500) and his 1986 Jaguar car ($19,000) as well as the U.S. Army-issued sewing kit of Elvis Presley's that went for $1,536.

The King of Pop's closest competition at the auction was the Beatles, which had a number of items for sale. A signed postcard from Liverpool's finest sold for $5,504 and Paul McCartney's bass guitar fetched $14,080. But oft-diminished drummer Ringo may have gotten the last laugh, with the cape he wore in the movie "Help!" selling for $37,500 -- about five times the estimate.


This YouTube video seems to be a scene from a “fish attacking human beings” movie. The footage was filmed on the flooded Spoon River in Illinois by someone going by the name of Boodhaman on YouTube.

Flying Asian carp

Countless Asian carps leap out of the water, flying in the air with many landing in the boat. By the time the party in the boat finished their boat trip, they counted more than 7o 5-10 lbs carps inside their boat.

The Asian carp are notorious for their jumping ability — caused by a fear of boats.

The user who posted the video on YouTube said the funniest part of the Carp attack was that his youngest nephew was so frightened that he just curled up in the foetal position in the front of the boat the entire time.

What an easy way to catch fish! Anyway, enjoy the video clip!


Michael Jackson isn’t dead, he just moved to Brazil to be a cabbie!

Taxi driver Jean Carlos Ribeiro Machado has become an internet sensation with his pitch-perfect version of Michael Jackson’s hit Billie Jean.

Jean Carlos Ribeiro Machado

A passenger who had been tipped off about his amazing vocals filmed Jean performing the song and then uploaded the footage online. The footage shows Jean beat-boxing and singing as he drives his passenger to a bus stop. To date, the YouTube clip has racked up more than 4 million views.

Jean said: "I got a call to pick up a fare, a guy named Diego.

"In the car he told me that the operator had said that I sang the same as Michael Jackson.

"So I sang Billie Jean to him and he recorded the video, I dropped him off at the bus stop and left. It was only afterwards that I saw the video on YouTube."

Jean, from Belo Horizonte, was quickly signed up and is now a megastar thanks to talent shows similar to the X Factor.

Under the name Jean Walker, the 32-year-old has since appeared on national TV with a team of dancers performing an extended version of Thriller.

He has also sung in front of MJ’s dad Joe, who visited Brazil on a recent book tour, and now hopes to make it big in America.


British illusionist Dynamo, 28, appeared to be taking a stroll on water across the River Thames towards the Houses of Parliament on Saturday night.

Dynamo taking a stroll on River Thames

Dynamo walking on water near Houses of Parliament

Dynamo’s spokesman said photographs of the extraordinary performance are completely genuine.

The stunt was filmed for his new television show, Dynamo: Magician Impossible, which will be broadcast on Watch from July 7.

In the new series,  Dynamo will perform a variety of tricks, including transporting a mobile phone into a glass beer bottle, bringing a flutter of paper butterflies to life and transforming snow into diamonds.

Manchester rock legend Ian Brown, Australian singer Natalie Imbruglia and boxer David Haye will all be making guest appearances in the series.


The only surviving authenticated portrait of Billy the Kid, the infamous 19th-century Wild West gunslinger outlaw, was sold for $2.3m on Saturday at Brian Lebel’s 22nd Annual Old West Show & Auction in Denver.

The only authenticated photograph of outlaw Billy the Kid sold for $2.3 million

William Koch, son of Wichita founder Fred C. Koch and the brother of prominent conservative political donors David and Charles Koch, won with the top bid. Koch lives in Florida and has extensive land holdings in the central mountain state of Colorado. Although he has donated money to Republican causes, he has separated himself from the support his wealthy brothers give to ultra-conservative “Tea Party” movement. He is an energy company executive and well-known collector of art and American West artifacts.

William Koch with some of his art collections (Photo Credit:AP)

Auctioneer Brian Lebel said the bidding, mainly between William Koch and an unidentified bidder from New Mexico, went on about 10 minutes. Koch’s bid of $2 million won out. A 15 percent “buyer’s premium” was added to the winning bid, making the selling price $2.3 million. Organizers had expected it could fetch between $300,000 and $400,000 at an auction preview.

Brian Lebel

The two-by-three-inch tintype of a smirking Billy the Kid, dressed in a rumpled sombrero hat and layers of clothes topped with a bulky sweater, was taken outside a Fort Sumner, New Mexico  saloon in late 1879 or 1880 with the notorious outlaw resting his right hand on a Winchester carbine and a Colt revolver holstered on his left side.

The tintype was auctioned off along with more than 400 other Western-themed items, including documents from Buffalo Bill’s aborted divorce, Native American antiquities, and a painting from Andy Warhol’s “Cowboys and Indians” series depicting a Navajo woman with a baby on her back.

The gunman, who according to legend shot dead 21 people — one for each year of his life — was himself gunned down by a town sheriff in New Mexico in July 1881.

At least two photographic portraits were taken of Bonney as a school child in Silver City, New Mexico. He also appears in the background of a photograph of a half dozen cowboys at a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico.

Bonney was about 20 when he had his portrait taken at a saloon in Fort Sumner, New Mexico, and received four identical images on a thin metal plate that was eventually cut into quarters. The other three images have been lost.

The remaining image was given by Billy the Kid to his cattle rustling partner rustler, Dan Dedrick, who passed it on to his grand-nephew, Frank Upham, who in turn willed it to his sons, Stephen and Art Upham of California and Arizona.

The Uphams let a museum in Lincoln, New Mexico, display the picture for several years in the 1980s. Since then it has been kept in a nitrogen-filled envelope.

Koch told Reuters after the auction that he plans to allow some small museums to display the piece, and after that he will “just enjoy” the iconic piece.

“I love the old West,” he said. “This is a part of American history.”

Born Henry McCarty (also known as Henry Antrim), but known in New Mexico as William Bonney, the Kid was shot dead at age 21 by lawman Pat Garrett in 1881, months after a jailbreak in which Bonney reportedly killed two deputies. Billy the Kid had grown into a legend because the governor of New Mexico had put a price on his head for killing up to 21 people.

In the 130 years since his death and burial in Fort Summer, New Mexico, Billy the Kid has been depicted, with varying degrees of accuracy, in scores of popular culture movies and books.

Brian Lebel said he was pleased that the photo wasn’t sold to an overseas buyer.

“I’m happy that it will stay in this country and will be shared with the public,” he said.

Tintypes were an early form of photography that used metal plates. They are reverse images, and the Billy the Kid tintype led to the mistaken belief that Billy the Kid was a lefty. The myth inspired the 1958 movie “The Left Handed Gun”, starring Paul Newman as Billy.

Paul Newman as Billy the Kid in The Left Handed Gun

Auction spokeswoman Melissa McCracken said the image was the most expensive piece ever sold at the event.

“There’s only one photo of Billy the Kid, and I think that’s why it captivates people’s imagination,” McCracken said before Saturday’s auction.

“It’s recognisable around the world as a classic image of the Old West.”


Residents in Huanshan City in East China have been stunned after a giant mirage of a “ghost city” towered across the skyline earlier this month.

The apparition of tall buildings, mountains and trees appeared to rise up through the ghostly mist that had descended over the river at dusk after heavy rainfall and humid conditions along the Xin’an River.

An entire island with trees, tall buildings and mountains in the distance can be seen in the dusk light

Stunned residents recorded the footage with some even suggesting that it could have been a “vortex” to a lost civilisation.

The pictures have baffled even experts who visited the city to check out the strange happening.

It is believed that the sight may have been a mirage – a form of illusion that is common in in humid weather. The phenomenon is caused when moisture in the air becomes warmer than the temperature of water below it and refracts rays of sunlight to create reflections in the sky.

The patterns in the mirage are typically blurred and shimmering with a resemblance to human structures. But this apparent mirage in China would rate as one of the clearest ever recorded.

“It’s really amazing, it looks like a scene in a movie, in a fairlyland,” said one resident.


A strange footage of tiny circular specks of white light flying at high altitude over London in broad daylight was uploaded on YouTube two days ago.

Against the clear blue sky, five of the UFOs are seen speeding in the same direction before disappearing behind a cloud.

A much larger glowing disc then emerges from behind the same cloud.

It hovers slowly in a tight circle as other small specks follow the path of the others — before vanishing back behind the cloud.

The mysterious “mother ship” then returns to view briefly before finally disappearing.

A small crowd gathered near the Radio 1 studio in Great Portland Street, West London, to watch the spectacle and film it on their mobiles.


This is from an email I received today. Just take it for what it is…a joke, okay?

As the man walked down the busy sidewalk with his wife, knowing he was late for church, his eyes fell upon one of those unfortunate, ragged vagabonds that are found in every city these days.  Some people turned to stare. Others quickly looked away as if the sight would somehow contaminate them.

Recalling his old pastor, Brother Mike, who always admonished him to “care for the sick, feed the hungry and clothe the naked,” the man was moved by some powerful inner urge to reach out to this unfortunate person.

Wearing what can only be described as rags, carrying her treasured worldly possessions in two plastic bags, the man’s heart was touched by this person’s condition.

Yes, where some people saw only rags, the man saw a true, hidden beauty.

A small voice inside the man’s head called out, “Reach out, reach out and touch this person…..

So he did.

The woman wearing what can only be described as rags

The man won't be going to church for a while

He won’t be at church this week.