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#OldSchoolCool: The Original Supermodels

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Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Helena Christensen, Claudia Schiffer, and Christy Turlington are widely recognised as the world’s first supermodels. However, in 1968 Glamour magazine had already named another group of women “supermodels”. These women were paving the way in fashion long before the term became prominent in popular culture. But who were they? Lisa Fonssagrives Lisa_Fonssagrives_at_Paddington_Station,_London,_1951 Lisa Fonssagrives was Swedish and appeared on many covers of famous publications such as Vogue, Time, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, and Town & Country Life from the 30’s to the 50s. She was reportedly the highest earning model of the time.   Jean Shrimpton Jean_Shrimpton_(1965) With her unusual beauty, Jean Shrimpton was discovered by fashion photographer, David Bailey. Fighting much resistance, Shrimpton insisted on using her for a Vogue shoot in 1962 which kick-started both their careers. She went on to become one of the most acclaimed models of the 60s and popularised the “waifish” look long before Kate Moss.   Sunny Harnett Sunny_Harnett Sunny Harnett modelled in the 50s and was regularly featured on the cover of Vogue. She was a favourite of photographer, Edgar de Evia, and is ranked as one of Harper’s Bazaar greatest models of all time.   Twiggy Now a house-hold name, Twiggy became famous in the 60s and was notorious for her androgynous look and Bambi-esque eyes. Again, she was regularly featured on the cover of Vogue and was named British Woman of the Year in 1966. Twiggy became an icon for a generation and has become synonymous with the “swinging 60s”.   Peggy Moffitt The ultimate in old school cool, her very unique look earned Peggy a hugely successful modelling career. She used false eyelashes, heavy eye make-up, and sported an asymmetrical bowl hair-cut that was created by Vidal Sassoon. She also caused a world-wide stir when Women’s Wear Daily published a photograph of her wearing a topless bathing suit.   
  Jean Shrimpton “Jean Shrimpton (1965)” by Joost Evers / Anefo – Nationaal Archief. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 nl via Wikimedia Commons.
Sunny Harnett “Sunny Harnett” by Edgar de Evia – Private Collection David McJonathan. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons.
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