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DigiDame: Iris Apfel’s Life Lessons

This is an ongoing series of posts on digital culture from DigiDame, aka Lois Whitman-Hess.

When I grow up, I want to be like Iris Apfel. At 95, she is a fashion icon and creative businesswoman. You have seen her picture everywhere. She admits she gets a little tired of running around, but once she’s out, she feels renewed.

The reason I’m writing about Iris is that she was the subject of a documentary by Albert Maysles that aired on PBS last week. Through August 15, you can stream the full documentary online at PBS.org.

Here’s the trailer for”Iris,” which first premiered at the New York Film Festival in October 2014.

It’s really worth watching, because there are a number of life lessons to be learned. Iris often says, “I don’t make rules, because I would be the first to break them.” Iris was born August 29, 1921.

Her husband of 67 years, Carl Apfel, used to say, “A woman is as old as she looks, and a man is never old until he stops looking.”  He died on August 1, 2015, three days before his  101st birthday.

Iris is the first to tell you that she was never pretty. “But, I had style. That style gave me a beautiful life.”

digidame-lois-whitman-hessA version of this post was first published as “Iris Apfel” at DigiDame

Lois Whitman-Hess has been in the tech business for 50 years. She has been writing DigiDame every day since 2012 because she loves sharing information about the digital world with people over 55 years of age. 

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