Saturday, July 19, 2014

Model Kerry Jewitt

Kerry Jewitt is a model from the 1980s.

She was primarily active in the earlier half of that decade, and she was affiliated with the Zoli agency.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Broadcaster Lynsey Hipgrave

Lynsey Hipgrave is an English broadcaster. She began in radio, but, as you can plainly see, it was only a matter of time before she made it to television. :-)

Ms. Hipgrave was on the morning show of local commercial station in Manchester, England and was later a travel reporter on BBC Radio 5 before she became a sportscaster for al-Jazeera's English-language Sports + 3 channel. Evbentually she made it to BBC Television, where she did soccer commentary, including commentary on the World Cup.  For the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, she joined ESPN for its U.S.-based coverage.

If she didn't get Americans interested in soccer, nothing will. :-D   

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Yasmine Guenancia Without Makeup

Having just seen pictures of a ravishing Yasmine Guenancia, you, cynical visitor to this blog that you are, might think she doesn't look attractive without makeup.  "Oh sure," you're thinking, "any woman can look great with lipstick and rouge, but how pretty is she without all that?"

Well, here's a photo of Yasmine without makeup, taken from a beauty editorial in the February 1981 issue of Cosmopolitan.

There, I thought that would quiet you down.

I suppose I could show the picture of Yasmine with makeup from the same editorial, but I'll save that for later. Quite frankly, Yasmine Sokal Guenancia doesn't need makeup any more than rocky road ice cream needs chocolate sauce.  Like so many other women featured on this blog, she makes herself more beautiful when she removes her lipstick and rouge and "all that."  :-)

Friday, July 11, 2014

Model Yasmine Guenancia

Yasmine Guenancia has led a full life, with a good deal of that fullness from before she even became a model.

Born Yasmine Sokal in Germany, she traveled a lot as a little girl, and she lived in India for a year to study yoga and miniature painting. She came to the United States to study at New York University, and started modeling to pay for her tuition. She quickly rose to the top of the modeling scene, and what started as a sideline became her career.

She did numerous fashion editorials and appeared on the covers of Harper's Bazaar and Redbook, among other fashion and women's magazines, as well as ads for Coty.  She was primarily represented by the Elite and Ellen Harth agencies, with a brief intermezzo at Paris Planning Women in Paris in 1983.

In 1985 Yasmine married Georges Guenancia, co-owner of the Cafe Un Deux Trois in Manhattan (so named because its address is 123 West 44th Street), and for several years she founded and ran the SoHo children's clothing store Bebe Thompson (so named because "bebe" is french for Child, and the store was on Thompson Street), as well as siring a daughter and a son.  Today, Yasmine is a real estate agent in Westchester County, New York, and even though she doesn't model anymore, she's still beautiful, as evidenced by this 2014 photo of Yasmine with fellow modeling legend (and fellow real estate agent) Kim Charlton on the left and fellow modeling legend Dawn Gallagher on the right at a models' reunion party. 

Oh yeah, this picture was taken at Cafe Un Deux Trois.  I ought to know.  I'm the one who took it. ;-) 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

CNBC reporter Kelly Evans

Kelly Evans started out as a print business reporter, at the Wall Street Journal, in 2007.  Since moving to television, though, her journalism career has really taken off.   

As soon as she joined CNBC in 2012 and went to the channel's London bureau, she became a favorite anchorwoman among guys who were definitely not interested in the value of the pound sterling against the dollar.  

Her career got a big boost in 2013 when she became a host of CNBC's "Closing Bell," which airs in concert with the end of trading at the New York Stock Exchange.   

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Actress Alexandra Daddario

Alexandra Daddario is another young actress drawing a lot of attention.

She's best known for playing Annabeth Chase, the demigoddess daughter of the goddess of wisdom Athena and a mortal father, in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians movies based on the children's adventure books of the eponymously titled series, which involve demigods (along with Percy and Annabeth in contemporary stories) based on ancient Greek mythology.   

In between the Percy Jackson movies, Alexandra Daddario has starred in everything from small movies like The Squid and the Whale, about two young brothers dealing with their parents' divorce, to horror movies such as Bereavement.   She also played Rachel, a receptionist at Adam and Crosby's recording studio, in a few episodes of the TV series "Parenthood," making things uncomfortable for Adam (Peter Krause) when she kissed him.  

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Model Kim Charlton

Kim Charlton is another model from the glory days of fashion and beauty modeling, i.e., the 1980s.

The Pacific Northwest native joined the Elite agency, and her career took off quickly.  She did everything: print ads, fashion shows, television ads, catalogs, and editorial pages, with a few magazine covers to boot.  The list of the photographers she worked with reads like a who's who of fashion photography: George Harrell, Horst P. Horst, Patrick Demarchelier, Arthur Elgort, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Marco Glaviano and Helmut Newton.   That is, just about everyone. :-)

Today, Kim Charlton is a real estate agent in Westchester County, New York . . . although, as the recent photo above indicates, she could still be a model today if she wanted to be. :-)    

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Actress/model Marisa Berenson

Marisa Berenson is one of those women who's been able to distinguish herself as an actress and as a model.

The daughter of American career diplomat Robert Berenson and a second cousin once removed of art expert Bernard Berenson, as well as the granddaughter of Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, Marisa Berenson came from a rather regal pedigree that prepared her for the world of high fashion and high cinematic art.

After a successful modeling career in the 1960s, she appeared in some pretty classy movies, playing the wife of Gustav von Aschenbach's wife in Luchino Visconti's 1971 movie Death in Venice, Jewish department store heiress Natalia Landauer in the 1972 film version of the musical Cabaret, and Lady Lyndon in Stanley Kubrick's 1975 movie Barry Lyndon.  More recently, she played textile-manufacturing matriarch Allegra Recchi in the 2009 Italian movie I Am Love, which also starred Tilda Swinton. 

Her sister Berinthia, who married actor Anthony Perkins, also became an actress and model, as well as a photographer, but Berinthia "Berry" Berenson is sadly remembered for another reason; she was on the jet airliner that al-Qaeda suicide hijackers flew into the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.  Marisa, coincidentally, was flying from Paris to New York that day, and her plane was diverted to Canada.  Of Berry's death, she said, "I have hope and tremendous faith. I think that's what gets you through life . . . through tragedies is when you have faith."

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Fashion model and Webzine founder Julie Anderson

It's easy to look at a top model like Julie Anderson and see just another beautiful woman.

After all, this 1989 photo from an ad for Escada is certainly stunning, and the photo of her below, showing her in a tank-top swimsuit, shows her ability to strike an arresting pose.

But since her modeling career, Julie Anderson has turned to journalism.  She founded Feminine Collective, an online magazine with insightful, thoguht-provoking articles form women and men who are interested in getting intelligent voices to break through the clutter of the many Web sites and online magazines out in cyberspace. 

Go to her magazine here.  

July 2014: The Latest Numbers

I have, as of this midway point in 2014, posted pictures of 816 different women, the last sixteen subjects having been the honorees in my third series devoted to athletes.

As for the top ten posts . . .  well, there hasn't been any change there.  The ten most popular posts as of this writing are the same as they were in April 2014, so I won't waste my time featuring a table of statistics.  The raw numbers - the sheer amount of pageviews these posts have gotten - have mostly remained static, anyway.  To see who's in the top ten, I invite you to look again at  the most recent statistical table from April 23 of this year.  Just click here.  

I do however, have one interesting statistic to share with you.  I noted that my initial post of Italian fashion model Alda Balestra was easily my most popular post of late, with a post of personality Stef Davis behind it.  Now Stef Davis is at 408 pageviews - far ahead of the 282 views for my first post of Alda Baelstra.  How do  I explain that?  I don't.  Although Stef Davis is an obscure fiugure, she's proven to be more popular than any of the women I've posted any pictures of for the first time in 2014.

So, you might be wondering, where do the people who visit this blog come from?  A lot of places, it turns out, as majored by  Below is a list of  pageviews by countries, showing the ten nations from which I get the most traffic.  You can click on it to see it better.

As you can see, most of the viewers are American, but there are a lot of British viewers as well. along with sizable numbers from other industrialized countries.  Brazil is the only so-called "developing" country here, and, lo and behold, there's Poland right behind it.  I don't think it's an accident that the women I've featured here are from most of these countries . . . in fact, Poland is the only country here that I haven't featured anyone from (unless you count Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, a Polish ethnic).  I'll have to remedy that. Paradoxically,  I have featured women from the Scandinavian and Baltic countries, but none of them are on this list.        

Right.  I'll be back shortly with a new A-Z round and my 817th woman.  Stay tuned. :-) 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Beauty of Retrospect, June Model Edition: Stephanie Seymour

Even "supermodels" start out with humble beginnings.  This picture of a young Stephanie Seymour, whom I first featured in October 2013, is a still from a video test she did, presumably to give directors an idea of how she could model in a television commercial. 

Very well, from all accounts, I'm led to understand. :-) 

I think this video image is from around 1986. 

That's it for my month-long look back on models I've featured before.  I'll be back soon.  :-)

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Beauty of Retrospect, June Model Edition: Catherine Roberts For Lane Bryant

Pictures of Catherine Roberts, easily one of the classiest women of the golden age of modeling (the 1970s and 1980s), are a bit hard to come by, but you can find them if you look hard enough.  As her career has involved more commercial work than editorial work, she's done numerous ads, but many of them are obscure.  The picture below is from just such an ad.     

This photo, from the September 1980 issue of Harper's Bazaar, is from an ad for Lane Bryant, a women's clothing store chain that focuses on clothes for plus-size women. Catherine Roberts, as those who have been paying attention to this blog since I first featured her in December 2009 are aware, is six feet tall and known for her voluptuous figure, so that's why she modeled for Lane Bryant.  The chain's slogan in 1980 was "A lot more than size."

Just like Catherine Roberts is a lot more than a model with a beautiful face and a curvaceous shape.      

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Beauty of Retrospect, June Model Edition: Laurel Lee

Laurel Lee, a Wilhelmina model from the 1980s, was distinguished by her long hair, and it's a feature that she used to great effect, particularly in this pose.

Her long locks delicately frame her face, which draws you in with a soft, gentle expression. :-) 

I don't know the exact year of this photo, but it appears to be from the seventies, certainly something from a time earlier than the pictures of Laurel Lee that I've posted before.  This is my first revisiting of Ms. Lee since October 2011.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Beauty of Retrospect, June Model Edition: Beverly Lee In Black and White

Another Beverly . . . :-) 

For such a trailblazing model, Beverly Lee remains underappreciated and not widely celebrated. 

She opened a lot of doors in the modeling trade for women of East Asian descent, she appeared in numerous ads and catalogs, and she even lent her features to department store mannequins.  Beverly Lee is pretty much the reason you see a lot of East Asian models today.  Yet Beverly Lee herself has been virtually forgotten.

And, as of this this writing, her Web page is down again.

Both of these black and white pictures should make clear, though, why she was so sought after in her day.  I particularly like her soft, gentle expression in the photo immediately above.

I can't find any more pictures of her for now, but I'm glad I have these to share.  When I find pictures of Beverly Lee that I haven't shown here before, I'll definitely share them with you, dear viewers. :-)    

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Beauty of Retrospect, June Model Edition: Beverly Johnson, 2009

I normally prepare my posts on this blog well in advance of the actual publishing date, but I found this picture of Beverly Johnson from 2009 earlier today and I just had to add it at the last minute to my month-long retrospective of models I've already featured.

This close-up of Beverly Johnson's face accentuates everything that makes her beautiful - her warm, brown eyes, her lustrous hair, her soft, supple smile, and her prominent cheekbones.

But what really caught my attention here were her really big earrings. :-D 

*Sigh* . . .  

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Beauty of Retrospect, June Model Edition: Anjelica Huston, Harper's Bazaar, 1972

Most people are aware that actress Anjelica Huston, daughter of the great film director John Huston and ballet dancer Enrica Soma, was a model before she became a movie star.  Here's a lovely example of her work in her original career, in which our heroine looks very much the lady in a photo from Harper's Bazaar in 1972.

One thing I don't get is why there's a couple in the background.  But then, who would notice them? Anjelica Huston is one of those women you can never really be distracted from. :-)

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Beauty of Retrospect, June Model Edition: Maria Hanson by John Stember

I first featured Swedish model Maria Hanson, best known for her work in Maidenform bra ads, in January 2013. Oh, I'll eventually get to some of her Maidenform work, but for now I'd like to draw your attention to her lovely face . . . and how it's even more lovely when she smiles. 

The above photo was taken by John Stember, a Tahiti-based photographer who specializes in photographing women and displaying the beauty in all women of all backgrounds. And as someone who's worked with Maria Hanson, he certainly knows a thing or two about feminine beauty. :-) 

Friday, June 13, 2014

The Beauty of Retrospect, June Model Edition: Karen Graham in Black and White

I never tire of featuring Karen Graham on this blog. And thankfully, her massive portfolio allows me to keep revisiting her.

Hey,  I've been featuring the incomparable Ms .Graham on my blog since I started it back in 2006, and I'm not about to stop revisiting her now. Especially when she's so beautiful, she could pose for a black and white photo and make you indifferent to color film. :-) 

Both photos are from the Estée Lauder campaign.  The photo on top is from April 1977, while the one on the bottom is from April 1979. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Beauty of Retrospect, June Model Edition: Maureen Gallagher

Same surname, different model. :-)

I originally featured Maureen Gallagher in March 2011, but these are the first color pictures of her that I've included here. 

Both are from fashion shows.  As you can tell, Maureen Gallagher looks very regal in a conservative outfit with a hat, like the one in the above photo, but she looks spectacularly stunning in anything strapless, as seen below.

Who are the designers?  Yeah, like I really care about that! ;-) 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Beauty of Retrospect, June Model Edition: Dawn Gallagher

I thought I'd take another look at Dawn Gallagher, whom I featured originally in May 2013.

Although she is still known for her extensive modeling work, she is still going strong as a health and fitness expert (why not? it shows, doesn't it?), and I'm happy to report that she still appears regularly on the QVC shopping channel as a beauty contributor (and she obviously has a lot of beauty to contribute).    

Sunday, June 8, 2014

The Beauty of Retrospect, June Model Edition: Kathy Davis In a Swimsuit

Back in October 2013, I posted a blog entry showing numerous photos of California model Kathy Davis, known for her sexy hair care ads, including a crop-closeup version of a photo of her in a swimsuit. I could not show the full picture, because the copy I found on the Internet was scanned from a wrinkled and frayed hard copy.  I have since found a pristine copy of that very picture, so here it is  - the full photo.

It was worth the wait, wasn't it? :-)

I don't know how Kathy Davis was able top pull off a diagonal pose on a diving board with the edge of the pool right under her, but she strikes it well. 

And, like her contemporary Cheryl Tiegs (whom I'll get to on this blog, I promise!) and eighties modeling icon  Kim Alexis, she doesn't need a bikini to look beautiful when a one-piece swimsuit accomplishes the same thing with perfection.

And as I said before, a California girl like Kathy Davis wouldn't have a complete modeling portfolio without a swimsuit picture.  Someone get the Beach Boys on the line, please. :-)    

Friday, June 6, 2014

The Beauty of Retrospect, June Model Edition: Cynthia Bailey

It was a picture of Cynthia Bailey with an Afro hairdo that first got me to notice her  But I never saw her with hair this big before!

This picture is resounding proof that Cnythia Bailey can wear her hair in any style, because she has a spellbindingly beautiful face that any hairdo makes a perfect frame for. 

 Go with the Fro, honey! :-)

Oh, is she bare-shouldered? I didn't notice . . .. (Yeah, right! :-D)

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Beauty of Retrospect, June Model Edition: Alicia Amie

I'm happy to revisit model and motivational speaker and author Alicia Amie, whom I first featured in May 2013. Once again, the photo I show here is my own, taken at the 2014 New York International Auto Show, where she presented the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

Ms. Amie remains active as a writer, having contributed to a blog on how to set goals in the form of intentions and act on them, and she has also continued working as a motivational speaker, as well as having done voice-over work and written poetry.  She's also done numerous print ads for department stores and clothing designers.  But she remains very visible as a Chevrolet spokesmodel, and not just in the United States.  She's also worked the international circuit, including the biennial show in Frankfurt, Germany.     

I'd say she's having the time of her life now. :-)

Monday, June 2, 2014

The Beauty of Retrospect, June Model Edition: Kim Alexis

I'm always happy to revisit Kim Alexis. Any guy who went to high school in the early eighties, I'm sure, is happy as well. ;-)

How hot was - is - Kim Alexis?  Well, consider this picture of her from the July 1980 issue of the U.S. edition of Vogue, when she was a mere twenty years of age. No swimsuit.  No horizontal, chaise-lounge-style pose.  And she's still hot.  Smokin' hot.  Drop-dead gorgeous, in fact. :-D  

Oh yeah, here's Ms. Alexis - ever notice that even her last name is sexy? - in 2014.  Anyone who has the nerve to say she isn't still smokin' hot or drop-dead gorgeous will have to answer to me.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

June 2014: An Announcement

I have announcement to make.  Effective immediately, I am dropping my rule that I do not feature women I know personally and have met in person.  

When I started this blog in 2006, this rule was meant to apply to women in my personal life, such as ladyfriends from my writers' group, for example, because I felt including anyone I know would show too much of a personal bias.  How was I to know that I would end up befriending fashion models? :-D
One of the articles of faith that led me to establish this blog was to draw attention to the fashion and beauty models of the 1970s and 1980s who may not have had as much name recognition as a Christie Brinkley or a Cheryl Tiegs (neither of whom are on my blog yet, but look for them in the future), or who may not have had any name recognition at all.  Bear in mind that Nancy Dutiel, Lancôme's U.S. spokesmodel from the early eighties, was the first model I ever featured on this blog.  She was not as well-known as Isabella Rossellini, who succeeded her in that position, and compared to Miss Rossellini, her name recognition was next to nil.  Karen Graham was known less by her name than known by the brand she represented - she was known as "the Estée Lauder Woman."  After seeing so many models go without name recognition, I felt a need to correct that situation here.  Catherine Roberts is one such example; though she was ubiquitous in cosmetics ads in the seventies and eighties, she was never known by her name, largely because she rarely did fashion editorials that would have given her a credit. 

When many of these same models discovered this blog, I started connecting with and befriending them through social media.  The problem of showing any models who became personal friends as a result of these connections was obvious.  I tried amending the rule against featuring women I know personally to only pertaining to women I know personally and have met in person, figuring I actually wouldn't meet in person many of the models I connected with.  So how was I to know I'd be doing just that? 

Readers of my Miscellaneous Musings blog know that I have since met many of the models I'd befriended on social media, such as Nancy Donahue, one of the biggest names in modeling from the 1980s.  I've even met models I have since connected with through social media (some of whom haven't been featured on this blog yet).  The simple truth of the matter is, it's impossible to continue this blog and not honor or revisit these women.  They're too important as part of the history of modeling, fashion and beauty to ignore simply because I know them.  Besides, even if I'd never met or connected with Nancy Donahue, for example, I'd still be showing a personal bias by featuring her on my blog - because I'm personally biased toward the opinion that she's beautiful! And to be honest, there are some models I'm connected with through social media that I haven't met in person whom I know as if I have met them in person, thanks to online chatting, so the distinction between anyone whom I've met in person and whom I haven't is meaningless. 

So, this rule is no longer workable. And quite frankly, I'm happy to repeal it.  These fashion models are an important part of this blog, and I've just freed myself to continue including them here.

And with that, I'm now ready to start a whole month of retrospectives . . . of models.  Thanks for tuning in.  It means a lot. :-)      

Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Beauty of Sport, Part Three: Golfer Michelle Wie

Michelle Wie is another female athlete in her mid-twenties (as of this writing, of course) who has accomplished a great deal with many years still ahead of her.

When she was ten years old,  she became the youngest player to qualify for a United States Golf Association amateur championship, and she later became the youngest female golfer to qualify for a Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour event.

A Hawaii native and the daughter of Korean immigrants, she graduated from Stanford University in 2012 with a degree in communications.  She could not join the Stanford golf team, though, because she had already turned pro.

That's it for this edition of beautiful athletes.  I'll have a fourth edition soon enough. :-) 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Beauty of Sport, Part Three: Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki has been a major presence in women's tennis since 2005.

She has won 21 Women's Tennis Association (WTA) singles titles as of October 2013, and she has two WTA doubles titles. A women's Grand Slam title has eluded her, though, but, seeing as she only turns 24 in July 2014, her best years are hardly behind her. 

Caroline Wozniacki is also very much a citizen of the world. Born in Denmark to Polish immigrant parents and raised there as well, she lives in Monte Carlo and loves English soccer. :-)

Postscript: This post was prepared a few weeks in advance.  Given the fact that her fiancé, golfer Rory McIlroy, broke off their engagement on short notice a week before this was posted (while the wedding invitations were being prepared!), some of you might think it's inappropriate for me to feature Caroline Wozniacki now.  On the contrary: I definitely believe that it's not only appropriate, but de rigeur.  I want to demonstrate that, while Rory McIlroy might bail out on her, I certainly won't.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Beauty of Sport, Part Three: Swimmer Summer Sanders

The calendar says it's spring, but I thought I'd celebrate Summer. :-D

Summer Sanders was one of the most dominant American female swimmers in the early nineties.  In the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, she won medals of each color, four in all; gold in the 200-meter butterfly and the 4x100-meter medley relay, silver in the 200-meter individual medley (IM), and bronze  in the 400-meter IM.

Since leaving competitive swimming, Summer Sanders has appeared on numerous sports programs as a commentator and as a reporter, covering sports other than swimming.  (She co-hosted the basketball show "NBA's Inside Stuff" with Ahmad Rashad, this earning her journalistic credentials like Willow Bay before her by having to appear with a doofus.)  

Friday, May 23, 2014

The Beauty of Sport, Part Three: Golfer Anna Rawson

Anna Rawson started out as a model in her native Australia, and soon discovered her talent for golf during her modeling career.

She turned pro in 2004 and has played in numerous tournaments.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Beauty of Sport, Part Three: Skier Tina Maze

Tina Maze is a big name in little Slovenia, her home country.

She's put skiing on the map in that nation, winning numerous races in a career that started back in 2003, breaking various statistical records in 2013 alone, winning the 2011 and 2013 World Championships in the giant slalom and Super G courses, respectively, and winning the women's giant slalom and downhill races at the 2014 Winter Olympics, among many accomplishments.  But she's also a star for other reasons.

As you might guess, she's also a model. :-D

But Tina Maze is also literally a rock star.  She recorded the pop-rock song "My Way Is My Decision" in 2013, which became a hit in her homeland; its promotional video has become the most viewed new video on YouTube by a Slovenian musical artist.

There's nothing Tina Maze tries that she can't do. :-)