February 8, 2011MCM Supermodels
By Sablemable aka Jan
Ruth, Sara and myself are always trying to find ways to educate and just have fun with our posts. So we are constantly writing down ideas on our trusty note pads (in my case a big notepad). And yesterday, while I was contemplating today’s post, I accidentally came across with a story about MCM models, or supermodels as we call them today. Information and images are courtesy of Wikipedia, Vintage Ads and Yahoo Images.
Dorian Leigh (born Dorian Elizabeth Leigh Parker) is an American model who began her career in 1944. With dark hair and bright blue eyes, she succeeded as a model despite the fact that she was only 5’5″ and 27 years old. Dorian Leigh is most well known for modeling in Revlon’s Fire and Ice lipstick advertisement in 1952. In 1953, she again modeled for a Revlon ad for Cherries in the Snow lipstick and nail polish. Her first Revlon ad for Fatal Apple (I believe it was face powder) was in 1945.
DORIAN LEIGH 1945 REVLON FATAL APPLE ADVERTISEMENT
DORIAN LEIGH 1952 REVLON FIRE AND ICE ADVERTISEMENT
DORIAN LEIGH 1953 REVLON CHERRIES IN THE SNOW ADVERTISEMENT
American model Suzy Parker (born Cecilia Ann Renee Parker, nicknamed Susie by her father) is Dorian Leigh’s little sister. Unlike her dark haired sister, Suzy was tall, redheaded with green eyes and freckles. At age 15, with Dorian’s help, she was signed on with the newly formed Ford Modeling Agency. The Fords, Eileen and Jerry were desperate to sign on Dorian Leigh, who was the top model at that time. Dorian agreed to sign with them on one condition: that the Fords would also take Suzy, sight unseen. The rest is history. Suzy modeled from 1947 until 1970 and also did a lot of Revlon ads. Suzy is sometimes credited as being the Fire and Ice model.
SUZY PARKER MODELING IN A REVLON ADVERTISEMENT FOR LOVE PAT FACE POWDER, YEAR UNKNOWN
SUZY PARKER MODELING A RED GOWN IN AN UNKNOWN MAGAZINE ADVERTISEMENT
British model Jean Shrimpton began her career in 1960. But it wasn’t until the mid-Sixties that she became noticed. In 1965 Jean unknowingly helped launch the trend of the mini-skirt. While attending the very conservative Victoria Derby in Melbourne, Austrailia, Jean wore a white dress with a hemline 3.9 inches (10 cm) above the knee. Jean also flaunted tradition by not wearing hat and gloves to the event. Miss Shrimpton was also known for modeling in the Yardley of London advertisements.
JEAN SHRIMPTON 1965 VICTORIA DERBY IN MELBOURNE, AUSTRAILIA
JEAN SHRIMPTON MODELING FOR A MOTOR SCOOTER ADVERTISEMENT CIRCA 1966.
JEAN SHRIMPTON FOR YARDLEY OF LONDON CIRCA 1967.
The most memorable model ever in our time is Twiggy (born Lesley Hornby) from Great Britian. Twiggy began her career in 1965 and her then boyfriend, hairdresser Justin de Villeneuve (born Nigel Davies) conviced Lesley to use the name Twiggy, taken from a childhood nickname of Twigs. Twiggy’s look centered around 3 qualities – her ultra thin figure, her short, boyish haircut and dark eyelashes, which were created by layering 3 pairs of false eyelashes and then drawing little “twigs” on the skin underneath the lower lashes. Twiggy was the essence of Carnaby Street and swinging London and became a hit overnight.
AN UPCLOSE LOOK AT TWIGGY’S EYELASHES
TWIGGY MODELING AN EVENING DRESS CIRCA 1967.
All of these models made a huge impact upon the way the Mid-Century modern women dressed and I thank them for all of their endless hours under the hot lights, striking pose after pose until it was right, sometimes in frightful weather conditions. Thank you, ladies!