An Austrian gran has proved in the web that age is really just a number when she stunningly poses like a fashion supermodel. Ernestine “Ernie” Stollberg is taking the world of fashion by storm, despite her age of 95. This street-cast model has become an Instagram sensation and thanks to her chameleonic skill in front of the camera.
Since she was first seen in promotional shots for a concept store in Austrian capital Vienna, she has been gaining recognition in some very stylish circles, and this chic gran has landed an appearance in the most prominent fashion magazine “Vogue.”
The former revue dancer has always been a fan of posing in front of the camera. Ernie was spotted when she popped into a Park store simply to pet a dog. Shop bosses Markus Strasser and Helmut Ruthner, discovered her photogenic potential and turned her into a star.
Stollberg take a bold attitude in a plaid mini Jacquemus shirt and high-heeled leather cuissardes, or exude coyness in a burgundy Ann Demeulemeester frock and matching shades. A gallery of fashion pictures shows outlandish images including Ernie with a heron, covered in handbags and sticking out her tongue.
Markus Strasser explains: “If I put something very elegant on her, she immediately has an elegant pose. “If I put something trashy or something cool on her, her attitude changes immediately for that kind of look, and I almost don’t have to say anything.”
The elderly lady is now famous in her home city for her social media pictures wearing the avant-garde Park label.
For Park, Ernie poses in unusual looks, but she admits that they would be “too extreme” for her everyday life.
She says: “I would not wear that on the street”.
But with a growing follower count about to top the 10,000 mark, plenty of people like what they see when Ernie models the high-fashion outfits, so perhaps she should consider wearing one for a trip outside.
The Vogue stated that in Stollberg’s case, a picture is not worth a thousand words. It’s a thousand likes, and so much more.