Friday, July 3, 2015

TV newswoman Sharyn Alfonsi

Sharyn Alfonsi has accomplished much in a career in broadcast journalism going back to the mid-nineties.

She's currently a reporter for the sports-news version of CBS's "60 Minutes"on the Showtime cable TV channel network, and she has also begun reporting for the regular "60 Minutes" program as well.

Ms. Alfoinsi worked for several local TV stations throughout the country, including WVEC–TV in Norfolk, Virginia, and also KIRO-TV in Seattle where she covered the riots that resulted from protests against a World Trade Organization meeting there in 1999.   

She became a CBS correspondent in 2004 after having worked for its Boston affiliate, WBZ-TV, but she left to join ABC four years later.  Since her return to CBS in 2012, she's  appeared on "CBS This Morning"in addition to her "60 Minutes" and "60 Minutes Sports duties.  

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Latest Numbers - Big Change!

I have now posted pictures of 902 different women on this blog.

I was going to wait until later to present my census and the latest statistics on the top ten posts, but a big change has necessitated me to do so now.  Look and see who's number three.  (Click on the graph to enlarge it and see it better.)

My March 2014 post of weather forecaster Stef Davis has displaced my February 2011 post of model/actress Joan Severance for the number-three spot.  I didn't think Joan would ever be severed from her third-place post, but Ms. Davis's popularity cannot be denied.  My second Stef Davis post, from May 2015, shouldn't take long to join the top ten and displace another post from the list entirely.

However, my July 2011 post of NBC reporter Kristen Welker and my September 2009 post of Sheila Johnson remain far, far ahead of any other, in first and second places, respectively.  That's unlikely to change soon.

I think. ;-)

These statistics are based on all individual posts of pageviews on this blog  since may 2010.  Some earlier statistical charts were based on pageviews going back farther than that, but that's for you.

Back soon with my 903rd subject . . . 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect, Another June Model Edition: Gisele Zelauy

I found this stunning picture of Brazilian fashion model-turned-novelist Gisele Zealuy, whom I first featured in October 2013, while on Facebook earlier this month (June 2013).  Since her last name begins with a Z, I figured it would be a perfect way to end this retrospective series! :-D

The composition and the black-and-white film are stunning.

Coming soon . . . more new subjects. :-)   

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect, Another June Model Edition: Eva Voorhees

The reason I'm connected with so many models is Eva Voorhees, who discovered me and my blog. :-)  

Though thought of as a 1980s model, she actually started out a little earlier than that.  The picture above, and the one below, are from 1979, from advertisements for the Wallachs clothing store.  Both show her with a man, for good reason; Wallachs is a men's store! :-D  The picture above advertises Hart, Schaffner and Marx suits, and the picture below is for Dior Suede.

Both photos make this clear: Every girl is crazy about a sharp-dressed man! :-D  

Of course, Eva Voorhees always looked pretty sharp herself in her modeling career, as the color photo below demonstrates.

She remains a simple California girl at heart, devoting her life to animal welfare. :-) 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect, Another June Model Edition: Nastasia Urbano

I've neglected looking at Spain's Nastasia Urbano, whom I first featured in April 2011, a second time for far too long.

These two pictures should compensate for that . :-)

Regarded as one of the sweetest souls ever to grace the modeling trade, Nastasia Urbano has appeared on numerous magazine covers from New Woman and Redbook in America to the many variations of Vogue worldwide.  Her work with Yves Saint Laurent as the spokesmodel for Opium perfume is only part of her illustrious career.  

Full disclosure: Nastasia Urbano is a Facebook friend of mine.  So I can vouch for what a sweetheart she is. :-) 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect, Another June Model Edition: Catherine Roberts, 2014

What could be better than a post devoted to Catherine Roberts in a month-long look back at some of my favorite models? 

 How about two posts devoted to Catherine Roberts? :-D

This picture of Catherine Roberts with a male model (they're portraying a married couple) was taken in Big Bear, California, for the cover story of the November 2014 issue of Money magazine.  The story? Money's 2015 retirement guide.

Catherine Roberts?  Ready to retire?  I don't think so! :-)   

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect, Another June Model Edition: Catherine Roberts In Triplicate

I always love revisiting Catherine Roberts, another perennial favorite on this blog.  These three images are all from the same ad - a 1976 ad for Givenchy jewelry and leather stores in New York, rearranged here to accentuate her spectacular beauty. :-)

I drew two conclusions from this ad. First, one or two images of Catherine Roberts in a single ad is clearly not enough; her beauty demands a triplicate treatment.   Second, Hubert de Givenchy - who, remember, established Beverly Lee in Paris and elsewhere in Europe - has impeccable taste. :-D   

Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect, Another June Model Edition: Beverly Lee

Beverly Lee is a model I can't stop being fascinated with. :-)

I've already noted her tremendous influence as a model of East Asian descent when I featured her before, but it's worth noting how her rise to prominence in the modeling trade only demonstrates ther importance of being in the right place at the time.  

She worked both with the Ford and Ellen Harth Model Management during the early seventies, and then she was discovered by designer Hubert de Givenchy in 1976, when he launched a "Star Model Search" for his Haute Couture Show. He personally selected Beverly Lee as his new model and brought her to Paris, which led to a lucrative career in Europe.  Though she had many different assignments in the Old Country, she continued to model for Givenchy into the eighties. 

Beverly Lee remained loyal to the Ford agency though, and she was one of Eileen Ford's best friends, remaining close to her right up to Mrs. Ford's death in 2014.

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect, Another June Model Edition: Evelyn Kuhn

Evelyn Kuhn, whom I originally featured here in June 2012, came to America from Germany courtesy of the Ford modeling agency in the mid-sixties, and as late as 1977 (the picture below that year) she was still modeling. :-)

She was at her peak in the early seventies modeling for every beauty-product brand from Yardley . . .

. . . to Revlon. :-)

She worked with every major fashion photographer there was and did modeling assignments all over the world, though nowadays she's happy to run a gift shop in Greenwich, Connecticut. :-)   

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect, Another June Model Edition: Beverly Johnson, A Natural Beauty

I once showed on this blog a picture of Beverly Johnson without makeup, taken in her late twenties.  Some of the more cynical among you might suggest that, as gorgeous as her natural look was then, there's no way she could still look great makeup-free in middle age.

I beg to differ.

As the above photo shows, Ms. Johnson clearly hadn't lost any of her beauty over time.  And the picture of her below, showing her holding a baby, pretty much seconds the motion.

The baby, I believe, is her grandchild.  One could be forgiven for thinking that Ms. Johnson is the mother and not the grandmother. :-D 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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

The shirt has pictures of objects on it, including an upside-down car.  The necklace is made of oversized yellow beads.  The belt is a yellowish color that doesn't exactly match the necklace. This is not an ensemble a woman would want to go out wearing in public.

Unless, her name is Beverly Johnson, and she has a soft, beautiful face and a stunningly sexy smile.     

Face it, Ms. Johnson could make a burlap sack look great. :-D 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect, Another June Model Edition: Yasmine Guenancia

Here are two more pictures of German model Yasmine Guenancia back when her last name was Sokal and her modeling career was at a peak and still rising. The 1977 editorial photo below finds our heroine at the peak of a New York skyscraper, with the Pan Am (now MetLife) and Chrysler buildings in the background.  

Based on the positioning of the two notable skyscrapers, I'm guessing that the above picture was taken somewhere near Columbus Circle.  Assuming, of course, the backdrop is real and not a picture itself. :-D

But Yasmine Guenancia didn't need a backdrop to command the foreground, as she demonstrates in the photo below, cigarette holder in hand.

I normally don't feature pictures with smoking paraphernalia, but in this case I'm willing to make an exception.

With her determined look and her ravishing auburn hair, there was no pose Yasmine Sokal Guenancia couldn't pull off. :-) 

Friday, June 12, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect, Another June Model Edition: Karen Graham

Another Estée Lauder modeling legend.  I always love returning to Karen Graham on this blog. :-)

Karen Graham did many arresting Lauder ads photographed in black and white by Victor Skrebneski, but she also did some color photos for the Lauder campaign as well.  Ironically, this color ad calls more attention to her white outfit than any non-neutral color in this composition.

But then, that seems appropriate, as it's from a 1983 ad for "White Linen" perfume. :-)

For those of you who prefer Karen Graham in black and white, here's such a photo from a decade earlier - that is, 1973, in which our heroine poses in a Stephen Burrows dress (for those of you who want to know :-) ).  

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect, Another June Model Edition: Kathy Davis

Kathy Davis always did have a way of striking a pose in her modeling career. :-)

Looking over her bare left shoulder was certainly one of her best examples of that talent. :-D

This photo is from a Maybelline ad that appeared in 1979, when Kathy Davis was at the height of her career.  You want beauty?  There's no question that Kathy Davis was born with it. :-)   

Monday, June 8, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect, Another June Model Edition: Shaun Casey

And here's the other Estée Lauder sweetheart from the 1980s, Shaun Casey!

In addition to her four-year stint (beginning in 1981) as an Estée Lauder spokesmodel - this picture is in fact taken from a Lauder ad, showing Ms. Casey looking very nautical - she appeared on several fashion magazine covers.  

I have also mentioned that she was in Woody Allen's movie Annie Hall as the girlfriend of Paul Simon's character.  Her character was named . . . Shaun.  Not making that up.  

Friday, June 5, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect, Another June Model Edition: Willow Bay

It was thirty years ago as of this writing - 1985 - that Kristine Carlin "Willow" Bay was introduced to the world as Estée Lauder's spokesmodel, a gig that lasted four years.  I last feted her here in March 2012.

The photo above is from one of her first Lauder ads, and it was immediately apparent - maybe it was the soft smile?  the chestnut-brown hair? the way she pulled off wearing purple eye shadow? - that she was a woman of many a man's dream.  The dream came true for Disney CEO Robert Iger, whom she married in 1995.  (Iger was then an ABC vice president.)  

But don't think of Willow Bay as a trophy wife; she's very much her own woman.  As explained earlier on this blog, she went on to have a successful journalism career, with TV stints at both CNN and Bloomberg Television and as a senior editor for the Huffington Post.  Her current job is less glamorous then being a Lauder model or a TV reporter, but no less noteworthy; she's the director of  the Annenberg School of Journalism at the University of Southern California.

And even though she hasn't modeled for the longest time, she still looks beautiful, as this photo from 2011 demonstrates.

Oh yeah, here's Ms. Bay with  Robert Iger, her trophy husband. ;-)

He made Time magazine's Time 100 list for 2015, I'm led to understand . . .. :-)

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect, Another June Model Edition: Anna Anderson

It's been a long time since I last featured Anna Anderson on this blog - too long! (Not since 2010.) This gorgeous photo of one of the coolest of the cool blonde cover girls of the seventies and eighties should make up for that long wait. :-)

Red and gold are the obvious color scheme here, from her outfit and jewelry (wow, that earring is so regal) right down to her lipstick.  But Anna Anderson, masterful at striking the right expression for the camera, looks stunning in any ensemble. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect: Another June Model Edition!

In 2014 I devoted the entire month of June to looks back at fashion and beauty models I'd already featured, so in June 2015 I'm doing . . . the exact same thing.  Go figure.

Actually, there are two good reasons why I'm doing this again this June.  First, I'm still ahead of myself with regard to new subjects, so I need to slow the pace a little more without letting this blog go completely dormant.  Revisiting earlier subjects is a good way to do that.  Second, I've had some of the pictures I'm about to present in my files for some time, along with some new pictures that I'd like to show you have since come up.  One such picture, which you will see toward the end of the month, didn't even exist in June 2014; it was taken later.

So, with that all explained, I plan to start this round of model retrospectives tomorrow.  Tune in then, and keep doing so throughout the month. 

Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect, Weather Edition: Alexandra Steele

Alexandra Steele briefly re-appeared on The Weather Channel in the early winter of 2014-15, after having been fired from that channel in 2011 and appearing for a time on CNN.

It looked like she was back to stay.  However, she disappeared again. I haven't seen her on The Weather Channel since, and her biography does not currently appear on the channel's Web site.

I don't know where she is now, but I have a feeling she'll pop up again.

Friday, May 29, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect, Weather Edition: Michele Powers

Michele Powers is still doing the weather for New Jersey TV viewers on the News 12 New Jersey cable channel, just as she was when I first featured her here in December 2013.

So why am I featuring her again now?  Three words - new promo headshot!

Beautiful, huh?

Well, that's my blog, folks! :-) 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect, Weather Edition: Stef Davis

My March 2014 post of AccuWeather's Stef Davis has proven to be more popular than I could have imagined,  leaping into my list of the top ten posts of all time on this blog and having gotten 4,897 views as of this writing.

Since she's so popular, I thought I'd treat you to another picture of her. :-)   

This picture is courtesy of one of my Internet buddies on a message board we both post photos on. :-)

Let's see how many views this post gets! :-D 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect, Weather Edition: Vivian Brown

Numerous female on-camera meteorologists at The Weather Channel - some of whom have been featured on this blog - have come and gone, but Vivian Brown remains.

Ms. Brown, who is the second woman to have ever been featured on this blog, has been at The Weather Channel since 1986 - longer than my cable service has carried The Weather Channel - and she has a multitude of adoring fans, including myself. Why would I be a member of an online Vivian Brown fan club otherwise? :-D

I hope she doesn't follow the lead of weatherwomen past like Betty Davis, Jeanetta Jones or Kristina Abernathy, who have all left The Weather Channel over the years. Because I can't think of anyone else I'd rather have get me through a snowstorm.  Because The Weather Channel without Vivian Brown is Paris without the Eiffel Tower. :-) 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Latest Numbers and Statistics

I have now posted pictures of 902 different women on this blog.

Meanwhile, the list of the top ten posts remains mostly the same as before . . . with one big exception.  The March 2014 post of AccuWeather personality Stef Davis has jumped up two positions, from number six to number four, with 4,873 views.  It has a long way to go before it overtakes my most popular post of all, my July 2011 post of TV newswoman Kristen Welker (38,906 posts as of today).  Feel free to click on the chart below to enlarge it.    

Stef Davis is so popular here that I'll be be posting another picture of her - along with more pictures of two other on-camera weather forecasters I've featured here - in the coming week.  June will be devoted to looks back at different fashion and beauty models I've already featured.

A caveat about these numbers:  These figures go back to May 2010.  Sometimes's numbers have gone back even farther, so I can't say that these chart positions are dead-accurate like a Billboard record chart.  But I think they come close enough to accuracy for my purposes.       

Thursday, May 21, 2015

New Link: Louise Vyent's New Web Site

Dutch fashion model Louise Vyent, who now lives in New Jersey, has been a favorite model of mine for a long time.  I was a huge fan of hers in the late eighties and the early nineties, and I have followed her post-modeling career as well.  She has previously worked as a photographer, but now she has an entirely new  business . . . as a developer of professional skills.  Her new business is simply called "Louise Vyent: Effective  Presentations." 

Ms. Vyent, a recent graduate of Montclair State University, helps clients such as people in the media and related fields develop their abilities to present their ideas, use media effectively and properly, and develop social media strategies and a personal brand.   Her site explains her services in grater detail, and she also includes a blog with videos from well-known people who demonstrates an ability to communicate effectively.   Is this sounds like something you';d like to investigate for yourself, you should definitely check it out.  

The link to Ms. Vyent's site, like all links to modeling and photography sites on this blog, is just below the members list and the blog archive field in the upper right hand corner of the screen - the link to her site is three spaces up from the bottom of the list.  I wish her luck with her new endeavor.  :-)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Model Julie Wolfe

Julie Wolfe is another famous model from the 1980s, her profession's golden age.

Starting at L'Agence in Paris, Ms. Wolfe was represented by Elite throughout the decade, working through Elite's New York, Paris and Los Angeles offices.

Now a mother of two, Julie Wolfe lives out on the east end Long Island and works as a real estate broker.   

And if you thought this was '80s model Esmé Marshall when you first clicked on this blog, you're not the first person to make that mistake.  I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Wolfe at a party in New York, and when I spoke to her, the first thing I said was, "You look like . . ."

She finished my sentence.  She knew I was going to say "Esmé Marshall," because she's gotten that a lot over the years. 

And yes, we connected on social media later, in the interest of full disclosure.  I find her to be a very engaging woman.   

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Model/actress Talisa Soto

Talisa Soto is another model who successfully made the move to acting.

Born in Brooklyn to parents from Puerto Rico, she modeled through the Click agency.  She began her acting career with a role in Spike of Bensonhurst, about an aspiring boxer from Brooklyn, and she followed that up by becoming a Bond girl in the 1989 James Bond movie License To Kill (the second - and last - James Bond movie to feature Timothy Dalton as Bond). 

Ms. Soto went on to bigger roles in movies such as 1992's The Mambo Kings (as Maria Rivera, the love interest of mambo singer Nestor Castillo, played by Antonio Banderas)  the 1994 romantic comedy Don Juan DeMarco, and the 1995 martial arts-fantasy film Mortal Kombat (as Princess Kitana).

Talisa Soto has been married to actor Benjamin Bratt since 2002.   

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Stage actress Kristen Smith Davis

Kristen Smith Davis is another stage actress who's active in regional and national-tour theater. :-)

She's performed in Sacramento, Portland, Maine, and more than a few places in between. Her credits include Alice in Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, Chava in Fiddler On the Roof, and Chloe in An American Paris.  Plus too many others to list. :-D

For more about Kristen Smith Davis, go here.   :-)

Monday, May 11, 2015

Actress/comedienne Maya Rudolph

Maya Rudolph rose to prominence as a cast member of NBC's long-running comedy sketch show "Saturday Night Live" from 2000 to 2007.

The daughter of songwriter Richard Rudolph and soul singer Minnie Riperton (whose high voice undoubtedly inspired Mariah Carey), Ms. Rudolph played numerous characters on "Saturday Night Live," such as "Bronx Beat" host Jodie Deitz and attorney Glenda Goodwin, in addition to celebrity impersonations too numerous to list here (though Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Gayle King, and Michelle Obama are among them).

In addition to playing roles in the TV series "City of Angels" and "Up All Night," she has appeared in movies such as Away We Go (about a struggling mom-to-be) and Bridesmaids.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Model/actress Patty Owen

Patty Owen has had an incredible career as a model and as an actress.

As the headshot above demonstrates, she started out as a conventional fashion model.  But she soon staked out an identity as being one or the edgier cover girls in the modeling trade.

Her work was regularly included in magazines, such as Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, and Marie Claire, and she appeared on several covers as well. As an actress, she played the tough-cookie type in shows such as "Miami Vice."

Alas, her lifestyle became as edgy and as her portfolio, as she fell into the hardened, fast-paced life associated with living in New York in the 1980s.  Ms. Owen went through many experiences that left her empty and unfulfilled until she found inner peace. 

Because in spite of her tough exterior . . .

. . .she's really a sweetheart. (Full disclosure: I know Ms. Owen.)

Now known as Shanti Owen or Shanti Patty Owen, she works as a relationship coach. She's overcome her past, having realized that she was addicted to relationships in a way not talked about in  mainstream society.  Since I try to be discreet on this blog, I'll simply post this link to her Web site. that explains her addiction in greater detail.  There you will learn about, among other things, the memoir she's working on. :-)

Sunday, May 3, 2015

TV weatherwoman Vanessa Murdock

Vanessa Murdock, one of the meteorologists at WCBS-TV in New York, grew up in Long Island but made it to New York City television by way of Virginia.

After earning a master's degree in meteorology at Pennsylvania State University, she became an on-camera weather forecaster at various stations in the Old Dominion, eventually settling in at CBS affiliate WTKR-TV in Norfolk.  She eventually made it back to New York and joined WCBS-TV, the CBS network's home station on the East Coast, where she handles the weekend news broadcasts.

She joined the station in the middle of October 2011.  Less than three weeks after she started at WCBS-TV, the "October Surprise" autumn snowstorm hit New York and caused numerous blackouts and other problems throughout the metropolitan area.  Talk about baptism by fire. 

Vanessa Murdock has remained unflappable through Hurricane Sandy, numerous nor'easters, and record cold during her tenure at WCBS-TV.