Hey, we’re going to Barbados
Not literally, unfortunately. But here’s a little Barbados sunshine for those of us sadly lacking the stuff, from Vogue magazine April 1963.
The model in this photoshoot is “the face that’s fashion” Suzy Parker, allegedly one of the first supermodels. My pal Wikipedia tells me “she was the first model to earn $100,000 per year.” I was also fascinated to read that it was her muse-style relationship with photographer Richard Avedon that inspired the characters played by Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire in the film “Funny Face”. Avedon suggested that Suzy actually be cast in the film, and she does indeed make a cameo appearance, as a “speciality dancer” in the ‘Think Pink’ montage musical sequence. (If you watch the sequence, the models each appear more than once- Suzy is the redhead).
Suzy Parker’s sister, Dorian Leigh, was also one of the top models in the world at that time, arguably referred to as the “world’s first supermodel”. (There do seem to be an awful lot of the “world’s first supermodels”, don’t there?)
Wikipedia tells us that:
“When Suzy was about age 15, Dorian telephoned the Ford Modeling Agency and told the Fords that she would sign on with them if they also took her younger sister, sight unseen. Anxious to represent Dorian, they agreed. Expecting to meet a similarly petite, extremely thin, flawless, pale-faced, electric blue-eyed, raven-haired younger version of Dorian, they were shocked to meet Suzy for the first time at a restaurant. Suzy was already 5’10”, big-boned, and had carrot red hair, pale-green eyes, and freckles. Suzy later became more famous than Dorian.”
Right. Now pour yourself something nice served in half a pineapple or a coconut shell. Stuff it with straws and cocktail umbrellas and maraschino cherries. And then sit back and dream of summer. It’s on it’s way.