Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Beauty of Retrospect: Joan Smalls . . . OMG!

I wanted to express in words my reaction to seeing this picture of model Joan Smalls in this Balenciaga number . . .

. . .but how do you type out an irregular heartbeat? :-D 

Talk about a long cool woman in a black dress!  With matching blue gloves?  She's so . . . so . . .

Is it getting hot in here? :-D 

Whew!  Well, that's it for my retrospectives of women I've - whew! - featured here before. Back in the new month with new subjects, after posting some updated numbers.

Oh . . . I need a cold drink . . . ;-)   

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Beauty of Retrospect: Paloma Picasso In Pink

Back in February, I showed a picture of model Pat Cleveland in a pink dress.  Here, below, is the only woman who could ever come close to being Ms. Cleveland's equal in sporting a pink ensemble.

And, while she is a fashion icon, she isn't a model. 

It is, of course, jewelry designer and fashion businesswoman Paloma Picasso, a woman (the woman?) who embodies European high culture and sophistication for us silly, provincial Americans.  And why not?  Not only does Pablo Picasso's famous daughter look stunning in a pink dress, the striped cape she wears around it, with hues of pink, purple and fuchsia, makes her look absolutely smashing!

Clothes don't make the woman, but they sure do help. :-)

Monday, April 25, 2016

The Beauty of Retrospect: Rosemary McGrotha in White Lace and Pearls

Rosemary McGrotha is best known as a muse of Donna Karan and is revered for projecting strength in her modeling assignments, be it for Donna Karan or editorials and other commercial clients.

A woman who projects strength, though, can still be soft and alluring.  And Rosemary McGrotha has had no trouble conveying either quality, as the photo of her below, in white lace and pearls, demonstrates.

But no matter what she wears, Rosemary McGrotha can always turn the strongest man into jelly with piercing steel-blue eyes of hers. :-D 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Beauty of Retrospect: Julie Floyd

Just a couple of quick retrospectives to close out the month, starting with this post . . . of not one, but two pictures of Julie Floyd.

So what do you think is hotter than Julie Floyd in a polka-dotted Pino Lancetti outfit like the one above?

How about Julie Floyd in a Valentino outfit like the one below?! 

She sure knows how to strike a pose! :-D

The Pino Lancetti photo is from 1983, and the Valentino one is from 1985.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Beauty of Anonymity: Exercise Model

This woman appeared in a photo accompanying an article in my local paper about exercising properly.

I thought she had a cute face, so I figured, why not scan it and feature it here?

As it's a stock photo, I am under no illusion that I will be able to identify her.  But if you, dear readers, know who she is, please let me know by leaving a comment on this blog entry.

I'm going to spend the remaining third of this month of April 2016 with some looks back at models I've previously featured.     

Monday, April 18, 2016

Boston TV newswoman Victoria Warren

If there's a Volkswagen dealer in the Boston area willing to talk to the press about the company's diesel scandal, he's probably talking to this VW. (Sorry, couldn't resist.)

Victoria Warren is a general assignment reporter for WHDH-TV, Beantown's NBC affiliate.  She has been at the station since 2006, after having worked at WJXT-TV in Jacksonville.  While at WJXT, Ms,. Warren, ironically, covered the New England Patriots' Super Bowl XXXIX victory there, as well as hurricanes threatening Florida.  

Fun fact:  Ms. Warren was raised in Staten Island, so some Bostonians may not accept her as one of them. Especially if she's a New York Jets fan. ;-)

Friday, April 15, 2016

Australian actress Rachael Taylor

Despite coming from Down Under, Rachael Taylor is a familiar face to American audiences.

She's done many television movies in the States, but she's also appeared in numerous American TV shows. Not all of her American television endeavors have been successful - ABC's "666 Park Avenue" and NBC's "Crisis" were both duds - but she did have a recurring role as Dr. Lucy Fields in ABC's "Grey's Anatomy."

While Ms. Taylor has done some small, well-received movies in her native Australia, like Cedar Boys, about young people of Middle Eastern descent living in Sydney, and Any Questions for Ben?   her most prominent role in the movies so far has been as Maggie Madsen in the first Transformers movie.  She did not return for any sequels.  

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

French actress Léa Seydoux

Léa Seydoux has been an ubiquitous presence in both American and foreign movies.

The young French actress has had roles in movies like Woody Allen's Midnight In Paris and The Grand Budapest Hotel.  But her biggest role to date may be Dr. Madeleine Swann in the James Bond movie Spectre, whom Bond is sent to protect.

Ms. Seydoux' most important work may well be in her native France. She received numerous award nominations all over the world for 2013's Blue Is the Warmest Colour, in which she plays an aspiring painter named Emma who changes the life of a free-spirited teenager named Adèle.  The two become lovers.  (It's a French movie, remember . . ..)

Another big movie for her was 2012's Farewell, My Queen, in which she played a servant to Marie Antoinette at the outbreak of the French Revolution who remains loyal to her in the aftermath of the outbreak of the French Revolution. She won the Best Actress award at the Cabourg Film Festival for that. 

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Model Annette Roque

Annette Roque is a model from the Netherlands.

A face from the waning days of the golden age of modeling, Ms. Roque is best known for her advertising work for Revlon and for Victoria's Secret.

She married American television personality and "Today" host Matt Lauer in 1998 and is the mother of his three children. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Spanish model Judit Mascó

Judit Mascó is a top model from Spain who first came to the attention of Americans in the early nineties.  And she came to the attention of American teenage boys first. 

You guessed it - she appeared on the cover of Sports Illustarted's 1990 swimsuit issue.  

After that, she became known for her fashion-magazine work, concentrating more on projecting herself as a woman that women wanted to be like than as a woman that men wanted to be with.  (Not that men still didn't want to be with her, of course.)   Thanks to that Sports Illustrated cover, she got advertising campaign assignments that included Laurèl by Escada, Armand Bassi, and Clairol, among many others.  The magazine covers she appeared on all over the world are too numerous to list here (different national editions of Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Woman, and Glamour are among them), but get this: She's the only Spanish model (and apart from Penélope Cruz, the only Spanish woman) to appear on the cover of the U.S. edition of Vogue.  

Judit Mascó currently involves herself in philanthropic causes such as Oxfam and kidney donation awareness, and she also hosted the reality television show "Supermodelo" on Spanish television in the late 2000s.  She currently hosts the program "Actívate" on the Spanish state-run TV network La 2.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Model Lynne Koester

Lynne Koester is another stunning face from the golden age of modeling . . . specifically, the eighties and the early nineties, the part of that age in which she was most active.

Her poses included everything from sporting edgy hairstyles to modeling equally edgy dresses.

One interesting fact about Lynne Koester is that she was the muse of designer Gianfranco Ferre.  Her son, Paolo Anchisi, is a model himself. 

You want to see his photo here?  Sorry, you got the wrong blog.  But you might find this link interesting . . .. :-) 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

British actress Naomie Harris

If you've seen the two most recent (as of this writing) James Bond movies, Skyfall and Spectre, then you recognize Naomie Harris. She played Miss Moneypenny in both of those films.

The daughter of Caribbean immigrants to Great Britain, Ms. Harris is known in that country through roles on various television programs, but she's best known to moviegoers as the sorceress Tia Dalma in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, as well as Selena in the apocalyptic virus film 28 Days Later.

One of her most prominent roles, however, was as Nelson Mandela's second wife Winnie in the 2013 biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom with Idris Elba in the title role. Winnie Mandela herself told Ms. Harris that she seemed to have channeled rather than played her, and Ms. Harris later said that Mrs. Mandela thought the performance marked  "the first time she felt truly captured on film."

High praise, indeed.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Actress Clio Goldsmith

Clio Goldsmith is a retired actress from the French branch of the European Goldsmith banking and financial dynasty.  But while her relatives and forebears have involved themselves in finance, politics, and scholarly pursuits (her father, Edward Goldsmith, was a prominent environmentalist and philosopher), she pursued a career in the movies.

She often played the femme fatale in movies like Honey, Miss Right, and her best-known film, The Gift, from 1982, in which she plays the title role - a high-priced prostitute hired as a present for a bank employee on the occasion of his retirement.

It's a French-Italian movie.  Don't tell me you're not surprised by that! :-D   

After only a few years - 1980 to 1986 - Ms. Goldsmith retired form the movies.  She was married to the late Mark Shand, a British travel writer, for nineteen years beginning in 1990, before they divorced.  

Fun fact:  Mark Shand was the brother of Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.  So, for nineteen years, Clio Goldsmith was an in-law of Prince Charles. 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Ines de la Fressange, Again

Ines de la Fressange has also made a name for herself as a fashion designer and perfumer in France and elsewhere. She's very much the embodiment of French fashion and beauty culture . . . and French culture in general.

She so embodies France, in fact, that, in 1989, she agreed to be the model for Marianne, the female allegorical symbol of France.  This did not sit well with Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld, who had signed her to Chanel and saw her as his muse.  They parted company as a result, with Lagerfeld dismissing Marianne as representing "everything that is boring, bourgeois, and provincial."

As anyone who's followed Ines de la Fressange knows, though, the honor was still well-deserved.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Ines de la Fressange

Do I have to explain who this is?

Ines de la Fressange is one of those models for whom the the term "supermodel" was coined, and she more than lives up to the term.  The first model to sign an exclusive contract with the house of Chanel, she became synonymous with not only the designer's institution but also with grace, beauty, class, and just about everything else Americans love about the French.  Well, among those Americans who actually love the French.  

The daughter of a stockbroker and an Argentine model, Ines de la Fressange has been represented by the Marilyn agency in Paris and the Ford agencty in New York.  She's also a member of what passes for the French aristocracy in the Fifth Republic these days; he paternal grandmother was a banking heiress.     

Despite her Frenchness and her aristocratic airs, I'm willing to bet that she could charm the socks off a Republican. :-D   

Friday, March 18, 2016

TV reporter Aixa Diaz

Aixa Diaz is a local reporter who reaches many markets.

She's what they call a "generic reporter" - she files reports from Washington, D.C. for Hearst Television, a consortium of local TV stations that may or may not be affiliated with a network.  Ms. Diaz, a native of Puerto Rico, has worked for WESH-TV in Orlando, WXII-TV in Winston-Salem, N.C., and WPTZ-TV in Plattsburgh, N.Y.  All are sister stations of the Hearst chain.

Aixa Diaz is also a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Actress Rachael Leigh Cook

Rachael Leigh Cook is another leading young actress in Hollywood.

Some of her best-known movie roles have been in remakes.  She starred in the hugely successful She's All That, a romantic teenage comedy that updated George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion.  Ms. Cook played the Eliza Doolittle surrogate, Laney Boggs, to Freddie Prinze's Henry Higgins-based Zack Siler.  She also starred in the 2000 remake of Get Carter.

She's also made a lot of appearances in too many TV shows to list. 

Friday, March 11, 2016

Model Lise Brand

Lise Brand is a model from the 1980s. While equally adept with fashion shoots and beauty shoots, she was far more than elegant.  She had a fierce, edgy look comparable to  that of modeling legend Patty Owen.

Her ability to project strength or allure is reflected by these two photos.  The one on top shows her edginess - check out those leather opera gloves! - while the one below shows her soft side . . and her gentle blue eyes. :-)

A client of the Elite agency's New York and Los Angeles offices, she also worked in Paris and was represented by the City agency there.  

Monday, March 7, 2016

Actress Nicole Beharie

Nicole Beharie is an actress who, at 31 years of age as of this posting, already has an impressive résumé.

She made a strong impression in the 2008 movie American Violet, as a young working mother in Texas who is wrongfully accused of being and charged as a drug dealer . . . and then takes on the system to clear her name.  

Today, she stars in "Sleepy Hollow," an occult-oriented TV series about an FBI agent fighting evil with a resurrected Ichabod Crane; Ms. Beharie plays agent Abbie Mills. 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Model Claudia Abruzzo

Claudia Abruzzo is a fashion and beauty model from the late seventies and early eighties.

A client of the Wilhelmina agency in New York, she moved to Europe and was represented by the Talents-Inge Schuckmann agency in Munich.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

March 2016 - Going Forward

The year 2016 is going to be big year on this blog, this being my tenth anniversary year on this piece of bandwidth.  In addition to to reaching the milestone of pictures of a thousand different women, and the massive retrospective series I have just finished up, I am planning more A-Z runs, my sixth series of beautiful dancers in December, and, before another series of beautiful women in popular music (likely in July), plus more looks back at women I've featured here before.

Sit tight for the latest A-Z run, starting tomorrow.  :-)

Monday, February 29, 2016

The Beauty of Retrospect: Leap Day Post!

And here they are, four gorgeous women who have been featured on my blog repeatedly and are here once again, together: from left, Rosie Vela, Patti Hansen, Rene Russo (below) and Beverly Johnson.

If this lineup looks vaguely familiar, that's because I earlier posted a picture of the same models (posing in the same order) that was taken years after this one.  This photo is from an editorial in the June 1978 issue of the American edition of Vogue, when all four women were at the peak of their modeling careers; the previous photo was an ad from Revlon's "Unforgettable Women" campaign of the 1980s.  By the eighties, Rosie Vela had become a singer and Rene Russo had become an actress; Patti Hansen and Beverly Johnson were still at their modeling peaks. :-)

I posted the 1980s ad back in 2008 . . . to be precise, on February 29, 2008.  Some things never change around here. :-)

Want to see the "Unforgettable Women" ad again?  Just click here

I come in like a lion for March with a brand-new A-Z round of fresh subjects.      

Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Beauty of Retrospect: Catherine Roberts Week, Part Five

Catherine Roberts remains as beautiful as ever, as this recent black-and-white photo makes clear.

Now based in Los Angeles, she continues to be popular with advertisers and with magazines, particularly for photos to illustrate articles.  She shows no signs of slowing down. :-)

That's it for my retrospective looks at famous models I've featured here before, one woman per week over four weeks.  But my retrospectives for February aren't done yet; after showing four women over the course of month, I will be marking February 29 - a date that occurs only quadrennially - with four women simultaneously. :-D  Check back then to see who they are.

Friday, February 26, 2016

The Beauty of Retrospect: Catherine Roberts Week, Part Four

I mentioned that Catherine Roberts has appeared in TV ads, and you may have already visited her YouTube channel, a link to which is provided to the right on this blog's main page.  Here is a still from one of those ads, specifically from . . . an Aqua Velva commercial?

Well, yes.  In the commercial, Ms. Roberts plays the beautiful girlfriend of the gentleman using the product, the obvious point being that men who use Aqua Velva attract the most desirable women.

There may be something about Aqua Velva men, to paraphrase the old slogan, but there's also something about the women who love them. :-)   

P.S.  If you've seen this commercial . . . no, that's not her actual voice.  

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Beauty of Retrospect: Catherine Roberts Week, Part Three

Here's Catherine Roberts at her most glamorous!

The photo is taken from a Max factor catalog.  A frequent spokesmodel of the Max Factor company, Ms. Roberts also did a television commercial for the cosmetics brand.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Beauty of Retrospect: Catherine Roberts Week, Part Two

Catherine Roberts' versatility as a model is reflected in this photo from a late-seventies lipstick and nail polish ad.

The soft expression in her face and the gentle subtlety in her magnificent eyes convey a sense of sweet, romantic innocence. :-)

The brand is L'Oreal, by the way, and the photo is from one of the those "L'Oreal Colors Your World" ads for lipstick and nail polish in colors named to represent different nationalities.  This is from an ad for the "England" collection.  I thought that "international" gambit L'Oreal went for in the late seventies was silly, but Ms. Roberts looks so ethereal here, I'm making an exception in this case.  :-)

Monday, February 22, 2016

The Beauty of Retrospect: Catherine Roberts Week, Part One

Who's that wearing those fashionable eyeglasses?

It's Catherine Roberts, of course, fashion and beauty model extraordinaire, and my exclusive subject for this last full week of February, not to mention a perennial subject on this blog since I first featured her in December 2009.

Catherine Roberts is mostly known for modeling beauty products, but she also has a special knack for modeling mundane products like eyeglasses, as in this ad for Silhouette glasses (made by Avant-Garde Optics) from 1977, and making them look interesting. :-) 

In fact, her portfolio includes ads for cars, alcoholic beverages and frozen dinners.  Yeah, I'm still looking for those . . . :-) 

Saturday, February 20, 2016

The Beauty of Retrospect: Maria Hanson Week, Part Five

The Maidenform Woman isn't turning up here.

I've long maintained that those Maidenform ads - five of which you've just seen - weren't all of what Maria Hanson was as a model, and I thought I'd underscore that point by closing my week devoted to Ms. Hanson with a picture of her as . . . herself.   

This photo is a picture of the lovely Ms. Hanson from a fashion editorial in the March 1977 issue of Harper's Bazaar.  Bob Stone was the photographer.

She may be the Maidenform Woman to some, but to me, she'll always be Maria Hanson, a beautiful model and a wonderful woman. :-) 

Next up - a week of Catherine Roberts, another beautiful model who's a wonderful woman.

Friday, February 19, 2016

The Beauty of Retrospect: Maria Hanson Week, Part Four - The "Maidenform Woman"

Up, up and away!

The Maidenform Woman considers the golden age of ballooning in an ad from the early eighties, a time when women like the Maidenform Woman herself - her real name is Maria Hanson - epitomized the golden age of modeling. 

And the Madienform Woman shone brightly, like neon. ;-)

Longtime followers of this blog may remember that when I first featured Ms. Hanson back in 2013, I resisted showing any of her Maidenform ads because I thought they were silly.  Well, they are, really.  But they're supposed to be silly, or at least absurd.  But I decided to show some of them here, now, largely due to popular demand.  Folks who found Ms. Hanson on my blog didn't just want to see any ads from her portfolio . . . they wanted to see these ads!

Sometimes it's about giving the people what they want.

Anyway,  you probably knew I was going to do this sooner or later, especially after I depicted one of Margrit Ramme's lingerie-ad shots.   And I know that showing such ads is going to displease a lot of folks, just like the Maidenform Woman ads did back in the 1980s.  Feminist groups railed against them, finding them distasteful.  Although Maidenform denied caving to public pressure, the company dropped this "You'll never know where she'll turn up" campaign, and the Maidenform Woman never turned up again, at least not in hot-air balloons and nightclubs.  

As noted, I am friends with Maria Hanson on Facebook, and the fact that I'm showing these ads here should give you an idea of her opinion of them.  I wouldn't show them here if she didn't like them, right?      

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Beauty of Retrospect: Maria Hanson Week, Part Three - The "Maidenform Woman"

Some people would suggest that lingerie ads aren't art. So, here's one with art in it!

The Maidenform Woman has turned up in a sculpting studio to make a likeness of the very handsome man in the background.  Considering that the Maidenform Woman (concealing only her true identity, Maria Hanson) is in the room, he's doing a very good job at holding his neutral expression. :-D