Friday, December 5, 2008

The "Shrimp"

Now that I've been thinking about Mary Quant and the 60s fashion icons I remembered the model Jean Shrimpton who was the first supermodel to command the amazing fee of $56 an hour!
She was everywhere in fashion magazines with her long blonde hair, big blue eyes, fabulous pout and legs for days. Shrimpton became the face for Yardley cosmetics and was with Twiggy and Veruschka in the 60s what Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell were in the 90s.

Jean was romantically linked with the photographer David Bailey who would go on to marry Catherine Deneuve and the actor Terrence Stamp who was evidently more in love with himself at the time.

As elegant and poised as she was in ballgowns and miniskirts it's reported that she actually like to wear her own comfortable clothes when not working and only owned about five dresses.

She wrote an autobiography and made one movie, but left the limelight decades ago. Today she is married with a son who was born in 1979 and she evidently runs the 300 year old Abbey Hotel in Penzance, England.

"It was fun becoming famous, but I got tired of it"