Isabella Rossellini is opening up about being fired by Lancôme as a spokesmodel after 15 years when she was 42, the excuse being that she was too old to represent the beauty ideal.
"They told me I was too old to represent women's dream," she recalls in a new video.
But Rossellini — the daughter of film icon Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982) and director Roberto Rossellini (1906-1977) also recalls getting a call last year from Lancôme asking her back — at age 62.
The reason? Lancôme's new CEO, a woman, said:
"Women felt excluded, they felt rejected, and we want really to change the communication and include all women and define beauty differently than looking young."
Rossellini called the offer touching and says, in a new video, she is "happy to be back."
– They let me go at 42 because they told me I was too old to represent women's dreams. #kvinnedagenIsabelle Rossellini fikk sparken fra et kosmetikkselskap fordi hun var «for gammel». Så fikk hun plutselig jobben tilbake som 65-åring. I morgen kommer skuespilleren, filmskaperen og modellen til oss!
Posted by Skavlan Talkshow on Thursday, March 8, 2018