Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Beauty of Retrospect, Olympics Edition: Sanya Richards-Ross

Once again, I feature one of the most victorious track stars in recent memory, Sanya Richards-Ross.

Ms. Richards-Ross, whom I last featured here in September 2012, was on a roll after the London Olympics, placing first with her teammates in the 4x400-meter relay races at the 2014 and 2015 World Relay Championships, both in Nassau, as well as first in the distance medley relay in the latter meet.  She also won silver in the 2015 World Championships Beijing in the 4x400-meter relay.

Unfortunately, an injury ended her career at the 2016 U.S. Olympic track and field trials.  Almost immediately, she joined NBC as a commentator for the remainder of the trials and for the 2016 Olympics as well.  I hope this is the start of a new career for her.    

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Beauty of Retrospect, Olympics Edition: Marie-José Pérec

Why am I again featuring French track star Marie-José Pérec, whom I first featured in August 2012, even though she retired long before that? 

Because I can! :-)

Still a legend in France for her achievements on the track, the first non-American woman to win the 200-meter and 400-meter track races in the same Olympiad (Atlanta, 1996) has moved on to other things.  She graduated from ESSEC, a prestigious French business school, and became a consultant.

Marie-José Pérec can be a champion at anything she wants to. 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

The Beauty of Retrospect, Olympics Edition: Carmelita Jeter

I first featured Carmelita Jeter in August 2012, when she won gold, silver and bronze medals, respectively, in the 4×100-meter relay, 100-meter, and 200-meter foot races at the 2012 London Olympics.

Unfortunately, she had to tend to an injury to her left quadriceps, and she thus withdrew from the 2016 Olympics trials.  At 36 years of age as of this writing, Ms. Jeter is not likely to make a comeback in the 2020 Tokyo Games, but I hope she is still doing well.

And she did win silver in the 4x100-meter relay at the 2015 IAAF World Relay Championships in Nassau.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Beauty of Retrospect, Olympics Edition: Angela Hucles

I first featured soccer star Angela Hucles here in August 2012.

The retired midfielder was one of the most distinguished members of the U.S. national women's soccer team, having played in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. She also played for two professional women's teams - the Breakers and the now-defunct Renegades, both from Boston - before her retirement in 2009.

Friday, August 12, 2016

The Beauty of Retrospect, Olympics Edition: Allyson Felix

So what has Olympic track star Allyson Felix been up to since I last featured her here in September 2012? 

Plenty.  After she recovered from an injury she returned to the track in 2014 and got off to a slow start in some of her first few meets, but she rebounded very well, thank you very much.  At the 2015 World Championships track meet in Beijing, she took gold in the 400-meter race and won silver in the 4×100-meter and 4x400-meter relays.

She is competing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this month, in the 400-meter race.  

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Beauty of Retrospect, Olympics Edition: Janet Evans, Again

Come on.  You didn't think I could have stopped after one post, did you?  :-D

We almost forget that when Janet Evans swam into America's hearts at the 1988 Olympics, she was just a girl, seventeen years old and bubbling over with enthusiasm.   She became as famous for her cuteness as for her swimming.  By the mid-nineties, toward the end of her swimming career, she was all grown up and a bona fide heartthrob.  

The pride of Placentia, California is still part of the Olympic movement.  She was recently named vice chairman and director of athlete relations for Los Angeles 2024, the committee which is bidding for the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad in 2024.  And even today, as she nears her forty-fifth birthday this month (August 28), she's still . . . cute!

The photo above is from this year, 2016, at a Los Angeles 2024 event.  I mean, how does she do it?  How does she stay so darn cute? :-D 

The press once called her "Miss Pereptual Motion," though "Miss Perpetual Cuteness" is also a perfect nickname for her. :-)

Janet Evans . . . the one and only.  Indeed. :-) 

Monday, August 8, 2016

The Beauty of Retrospect, Olympics Edition: Janet Evans

Yes, this is the woman I'm featuring in this series with multiple photos over two posts.  Because one picture of this woman isn't going to be enough . . . ;-)

Like, do I really have to tell you why?

Because Janet Evans is only the greatest American Olympic female swimmer of the past thirty years, thank you very much, having broken the world records in the 400-meter, 800-meter, and 1,500-meter freestyle distance events before she even got to her first Olympiad at Seoul in 1988. Despite the fact that other female swimmers have broken her records - and it took a pretty long time for that to happen - she remains the standard any female distance swimmer worth her salt should and must aspire to.

Okay, I admit, I had a crush on her back in the nineties . . . ;-) 

But gee, can you blame me? :-D

When Janet Evans swam at the 1988 Olympics, she earned three gold medals - in the women's 400-meter freestyle race (breaking the very record she'd set the previous year!), the 800-meter freestyle race, and the 400-meter individual medley.  She charmed everyone with her bubbly, chipper disposition; a born-and-bred California girl (from Placentia), she could have been the inspiration for a Beach Boys song.  She swam the 400-meter and 800-meter freestyle races at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, winning the silver in the former race and the gold in the latter. At Atlanta in 1996, her attempt to win one more gold medal in either race didn't work out so well - she won no medals at all - but she was still proud to have made a third Olympiad.

But here's what happened since I last featured her on this blog in August 2008 (I've waited far, far too long to feature her again!); she tried for a comeback for the 2012 Olympics in London, at the age of forty, but she didn't get past the trials.

Does that diminish her in my eyes?  Absolutely not. True, she broke my heart when she got married :-D (she's a mom with two kids), but she will always be the grande dame of American distance swimming. 

And like Michael Phelps on the men's side, it will be a long, long time before we see the likes of Janet Evans again.   

And for you millennials who are too young to remember her, there are always her highlights on YouTube. :-)

Friday, August 5, 2016

The Beauty of Retrospect, Olympics Edition: Jessica Ennis

So what has been British track and field star Jessica Ennis been up to since August 2012, when I last featured her here, at about the same time she won the heptathlon at the 2012 London Olympics?

Well, for starters, she's now Jessica Ennis-Hill, having married her husband Andy Hill in 2013. After taking time to have a child, she made a comeback in the Great City Games in Manchester in May 2015, finishing third in the 100-meter hurdles. That same year, she finished fourth in her first heptathlon since the London Olympics at a meet in Austria, assuring herself a place on the British 2016 Olympic team. And at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing, she won the heptathlon outright.

She also found the time to receive the order of Commander of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth II. 

Bow, peasants! :-D

At this writing, the track and field events at the 2016 Olympics haven't taken place yet - the 2016 Games are opening today, in fact - but Jessica Ennis-Hill hopes to defend her heptathlon title in what she says will be her last Olympiad.   

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The Beauty of Retrospect, Olympics Edition: Natalie Coughlin

I last featured American swimmer Natalie Coughlin in August 2012, when she won a bronze medal on the women's 4x100 relay team at the London Olympics.

So what has she been doing since then?  Well, she was part of the winning women's 4x100 relay team at the 2013 World Aquatics Championships, and she also finished first in the 50-meter "splash and dash" freestyle (basically a crawlstroke from one end of the pool to the other). 

She also competed on "Chopped," a reality-based cooking show, to show off her culinary hobby.  In that particular competition, which pitted her against other sports figures, she lost in the final round to auto racer Danica Patrick.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Beauty of Retrospect, Olympics Edition: Amanda Beard

Has it really been twenty years as of this posting since Amanda Beard, whom I last featured here in March 2007, made her Olympic swimming debut in Atlanta, winning a gold medal in the 4×100 m medley relay and silver in the 100-meter and 200-meter breaststroke races?   

Well, of course, she went on to more victories in subsequent Olympiads after 1996. 

Among her accomplishments in the Olympics are a bronze medal in the 200-meter breaststroke in Sydney, and silver medals in both the 200-meter individual medley and the 4×100-meter medley relay in Athens in 2004.

In addition to being a model, Ms. Beard, who turns 35 in October 2016, has also been a TV personality.  She joined Fox's sports-talk show "The Best Damn Sports Show Period" as a correspondent.

In 2012, she released her memoir, in which she admitted to her struggles with depression and drug use, and she credited her husband, photographer Sacha Brown, in helping her overcome her demons.  

Monday, August 1, 2016

The Beauty of Retrospect: Olympics Edition!

As the Games of the XXXI Olympiad are being held this month in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, I thought it would be very much appropriate to do an Olympic-themed series of beautiful female athletes this month.

Alas, I can't feature any new subjects, because I'm mostly unfamiliar with the female (and male, for that matter) star athletes who are competing at the Olympics this month (assuming they're not staying home to avoid the Zika virus) and a lot of what I might say about them might be dated after featuring them based on the results of the competitions.  So I am instead going to take this time to look back at athletes I've featured here before.  I'm only looking at athletes in non-winter sports; it didn't make sense to revisit Julia Mancuso or Kristi Yamaguchi in the dead of August.  Also, as it turns out far as being current here, only two of the women I'm again looking at this month are competing in the 2016 Games (a third athlete I'm revisiting hoped to but was eliminated in the trials), and a couple of them haven't competed since the last time Bill and Hillary were in the White House.  But when I have another all-new feature of beautiful women in sports, I hope to include new stars who emerge from these 2016 Games.  

I'm ashamed to admit this, but when it comes to following sports like swimming and track and field, I find it difficult to stay up to date with them between Olympiads because American sports culture focuses on them only when the in the lead-up to the Olympics and the Olympics themselves.  That's why a lot of us end up watching the Games and rooting for American athletes, male and female, we hadn't heard of a month ago.

Oh yes, as for the two women that I will be revisiting here who are competing in Rio . . . I'll have updates at the end of the month as to how they did. Because I at least want to stay up to date.  :-)

Also, every woman I look at again this month will have only one blog post devoted to her, with one picture in each post . . . except one woman.  I won't reveal who that is just yet, but if you've read my regular blog, Miscellaneous Musings, recently, I'm sure you can guess her identity. ;-)

Back soon with the first retrospective.    

Sunday, July 31, 2016

The Beauty of Song, Part Three: Susan Tedeschi

Susan Tedeschi is one of rock and roll's present-day blue eyed soul sisters.

Much like Bonnie Raitt, Ms. Tedeschi has conjured up music mixing the blues and soul in a rock context.  Her solo albums have featured R&B and rock standards mixed in with her own compositions.  She's covered John Prine's "Angel of Montgomery," the Rolling Stones's "You Got the Silver," and the Four Tops' "Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever."  Her solo albums include Better Days (her 1995 debut), 1998's Just Won't Burn, 2002's Wait for Me, and 2005's Hope and Desire.

In 2001 she married Allman Brothers Band slide guitarist Derek Trucks, and with his old band now disbanded, the couple now lead the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Their LPs include 2013's Made Up Mind, a seventies-Southern rock-style album with one killer of a title song.

That's it for my latest series of beautiful women in music.  For August, I have a month's worth of very special retrospectives.  

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Beauty of Song, Part Three: Vanessa Rubin

Vanessa Rubin is a jazz singer from Cleveland, Ohio.

Renowned for her seasoned vocals and her penchant for hard-driving swing tunes, Ms. Rubin has issued eight albums, the most one being Full Circle, a 2013 collaboration with saxophonist Don Braden.

Her other albums include 1993's Pastiche, 1999's Language of Love (which features covers of "Love For Sale" and "Nice 'n' Easy"), and a 1994 tribute to Carmen McRae, I'm Glad There Is You.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Beauty of Song, Part Three: Suzi Quatro

I think it goes without saying that Suzi Quatro is the sexiest bass player in all of rock - though if you want to suggest Kathy Valentine of the Go-Go's, be my guest. :-D 

The Detroit-born Ms. Quatro had to go to England to make her mark in seventies rock, and there she was a leading figure in the glam scene, coming up with such British hits as 1973's "Can the Can," 1974's "Devil Gate Drive" (her signature song), and the provocatively titled "Your Mamma Won't Like Me," from 1975. Her sex appeal and her hell-raising attitude were daring for their time, and she paved the way for strong women in rock.

She parlayed her fondness for the early rock and roll of the fifties into a recurring guest role on the American TV series "Happy Days" as rock singer Leather Tuscadero, and as a result she got her first hit single in her native country - "Stumblin' In," a duet with British rock singer Chris Norman, which reached number four on the Billboard charts in 1979. In the twenty-first century, she has hosted oldies shows on BBC Radio 2.

The journalist Tom Hibbert summed her up best: "Suzi Quatro, with her tomboy sneers, her bass guitar and her stompingly persuasive teen-tunes, had at least laid down a challenge to the male-dominated rock orthodoxy."

Fun fact: Actress Sherilyn Fenn is Suzi Quatro's niece.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Beauty of Song, Part Three: Kellie Pickler

Kellie Pickler is another happy discovery from a TV talent show.

The North Carolina-born country singer was a contestant on the 2006 edition of "American Idol," but she only placed sixth.  That, however, was enough to get the attention of a record label, which signed her later that year.

Her single "Red High Heels" was a breakthrough moment for Ms. Pickler, and it led to other country hits such as "Things That Never Cross a Man's Mind" and "Didn't You Know How Much I Loved You."  Her four albums to date - Small Town Girl, Kellie Pickler, 100 Proof, and The Woman I Am - have all made the top five of the Billboard country album chart.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Beauty of Song, Part Three: Beth Orton

Beth Orton is a British singer-songwriter whose blend of folk and electronic music has been called "folktronica."

Originally from Norfolk, Ms. Orton started out as part of a duo in the early nineties called Spill, which paired her with a musician named William Orbit, whom she credits as an important inspiration.  She soon went on to a solo carer that brought her to a wide audience among indie fans.

Among her most notable albums are 1996's Trailer Park, 2002's Daybreaker, and 2006's Comfort of Stangers.  Singles include "Anywhere," "Thinking About Tomorrow," and "Conceived." Her most recent album as of this writing, Kidsticks, was released in Britain in May 2016.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Beauty of Song, Part Three: Aimee Mann

If you remember the sixties, you probably weren't there. But if you remember the eighties, you probably were there long enough to hear 'Til Tuesday. That awkwardly named band had a hit with the song "Voices Carry" and featured as the lead singer a female bass player. Her name was Aimee Mann.

'Til Tuesday broke up after three albums and never could replicate the success of "Vocies Carry,," but Aimee Mann went on to have a successful solo career.  She released her first album, Whatever, in 1993 and has released seen more albums since, including 2005's The Forgotten Arm and 2012's Charmer.  Her singles  include "Pavlov's Bell,""Humpty Dumpty,"  "Going Through the Motions," and "Freeway."  Her folk-rock sound has nothing in common with the New Wave sound of 'Til Tuesday. 

Oh yeah, Aimee Mann is also marry to Sean Penn's brother Michael, himself a folk-rock singer/songwriter.  It's nice to see that at least one Penn brother married a woman with genuine musical talent!  

Sunday, July 10, 2016

The Beauty of Song, Part Three: Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys is a prime mover of the "neo-soul" movement in twenty-first century R&B.

Born Alicia Cook, she released her debut album Songs in A Minor in 2001.  Selling over twelve million copies  globally, it was too huge a success for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences not to notice. Ms. Keys won five Grammys at 2002 awards ceremony, including Best New Artist and Song of the Year for "Fallin.'" She became the first American female recording artist and the second American overall to win five Grammys at one ceremony . . . after  Christoper Cross.

Unlike Christopher Cross, Alicia Keys has gone on to have once success after another, with hits such as "You Don't Know My Name," "If I Ain't Got You," "Dairy," "No One," and "Girl On Fire."

Ms. Keys has put out five studio albums.  All but one of them hit number one on the Billboard album charts. The exception, her 2009 album The Element of Freedom - her fourth - "only" made it to number two.

Fun fact: Bob Dylan devoted an entire verse to Alicia Keys in his 2006 song "Thunder On the Mountain."  

Thursday, July 7, 2016

The Beauty of Song, Part Three: Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding is part of the new generation of British songstresses.

The singer-songwriter, who turns thirty in December, has had hits both in Britain in America with singles such as "Lights" and " Love Me Like You Do."  She credits Joni Mitchell and Björk as musical influences.

While popular with record buyers, Ms. Goulding also has gotten good reviews from the press.  One critic praised her for her "gorgeous high heart-tugging vocals."

Her most recent album as of this writing, Delirium, was released in November 2015. 

Monday, July 4, 2016

The Beauty of Song, Part Three: Shawn Colvin

Shawn Colvin was one of the premier names in the female singer-songwriter movement of the late 1980's. Unfortunately, she debuted at right about the same time that movement began to lose steam on the charts.

You may have heard "Diamond In the Rough," from her 1989 debut album Steady On, and her singles "Round of Blues" and "I Don't Know Why" from her 1992 follow-up LP Fat City, on the piped-in music system in your local supermarket, but none of these singles actually charted, and these LPs didn't do much better on the Billboard album charts.

The South Dakota-born Ms. Colvin still became a favorite among the folk-rock crowd, and in 1997 her persistence paid of when she reached number seven on the Billboard singles chart with "Sunny Came Home," about a young woman who burns down her house to escape her past, from her LP A Few Small Repairs. She won the 1998 Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and Record of the Year.  When she was about to receive one of those awards, however, a rapper (not Kanye West) interrupted her to make a self-promotional statement.  

Ms. Colvin was unfazed, having gone on to make more records.  Recent songs of hers include "Fill Me Up" and "All Fall Down."  She has recently been working with Steve Earle. 

Fun fact:  Shawn Colvin sang backing vocals on Suzanne Vega's 1987 surprise hit "Luka."  Ms. Vega returned the favor by singing backing vocals on "Diamond In the Rough." 

Friday, July 1, 2016

The Beauty of Song, Part Three: Adele

Do you really have to tell you who this is?

She's only the female pop singer who's had an album - 21, her second - at the top of the charts longer than any female performer in her native Great Britain or in the United States, and she's also the first female performer to see three of her singles get into the  Billboard Top Ten simultaneously.

Adele Adkins has won the hearts of many a listener with her soul-inspired pop reflecting a style that pays respect to musical tradition and doesn't jive the listener.  Her hits are numerous: "Chasing Pavements" (British English for "following sidewalks"), "Rolling In the Deep," "Rumour Has It," and pne of her most recent, "Hello."  

Critic Jon Pareles summed Adele up best when he said that she "can seethe, sob, rasp, swoop, lilt and belt, in ways that draw more attention to the song than to the singer,."

And we hope she does so for a long, long time. :-)

New Series: The Beauty of Song, Part Three!

Would you believe it's been six years since I last devoted a month to beautiful women in music?  The last series was devoted only to British female musical artist on top of that.

After two series on women in music and a separate series for female recording artists from the U.K. - done in part to compensate for the lack of a British presence in the previous two - I am now dong a third series devoted to women in popular music that has women from both Britain and America.  No Canadians this time, though that's not by design;  the ten women I've chosen for this series were the first ten women I could think of that I haven't featured yet.

Enough of this merry banter.  Back soon for the first honoree in my music series! 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Beauty of Retrospect, Bonus Post: Sheila Johnson, U.S. Vogue, 1981

Before I wrap it up for June, I thought I'd get one more retrospective post in, and for a top model who's worth the extra attention. :-)

Easily one of the most ubiquitous models of the 1980s, Sheila Johnson has a portfolio that would take a whole separate blog for me to chronicle.  I'm happy to revisit her, though, with three particular pictures taken at the height of her career.  All of them are from issues the U.S. edition of Vogue, and from the the same year, 1981.

The photo at the top of this post, taken by Arthur Elgort, shows Ms. Johnson looking very purposeful in a fashion editorial from Vogue's February 1981 issue, titeld "More Contrast, More Choice, More Chance To Be Yourself." And she certainly strikes a unique pose.

The closeup photo immediately above this text is a picture from the May 1981 issue of Vogue, specifically from an editorial for perfume.  The editorial also shows how Ms. Johnson demonstrates the right look for the ideal perfume to go with - "a pretty softness about makeup and hair, skin-showing clothes, eye-catching accessories . . . "  With her own naturally sweet face, it's a look she demonstrates effortlessly, though the earrings are a nice touch.  The photo is by Richard Avedon.

And just as Sheila Johnson could look soft and alluring in a color closeup, she could look professional and purposeful in black and white, as in this additional Arthur Elgort photo for an editorial on the "A.M. Casual;" look, in U.S. Vogue's August 1981 issue.  

It's her versatility that's one of the things we love her for. :-)

She's a very special model, a very special woman, and very special way to close out the month of June. I'll be back here very soon.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Beauty of Retrospect: More Joan Severance!

I couldn't resist one more look (or two more looks, as the case may be, considering there are two  photos here) at Joan Severance, one of those models from the 1980s who could turn any man's knees into jelly.

Certainly this pose from 1983, featured in the Italian edition of Vogue, can!

Perhaps the sweetest pose she's ever struck is right here, in an ad for Revlon's line of Blonde cosmetics line.

Her lipstick and nail polish are both a pale yellow, hence the name of the products.  Blond makeup?  A curious idea, but Joan Severance can make anything look good. :-)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Beauty of Retrospect: Joan Severance for Dior

Did Joan Severance always look stunning back in the eighties? 

You tell me! :-D

I'd like to say that she looks exquisite in this 1984 photo from Dior, but that would be a gross - a very gross - understatement. :-) 

Monday, June 27, 2016

The Beauty of Retrospect: Beverly Lee, Yesterday and Today

This photo from the portfolio of model Beverly Lee may be the most exquisite photo of her that I've ever featured here.

The winter ensemble she sports in this picture leaves you staring directly at her face, and it helps you appreciate her captivating eyes and her sweet, gentle expression.

She was always good at projecting such sweetness, with a touch of seduction at times, as evidenced by the 1978 photo below.

She still has that same captivating look today, in 2016, as the picture below indicates.  I took this photo of her at the same party where I met and photographed Anne Bezamat.  Yes, I met Beverly Lee too . . . and the experience, quite frankly, floored me. :-)

A former Ford client, Ms. Lee remains a legend thanks to her time as designer Hubert de Givenchy's muse. :-) 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

The Beauty of Retrospect: Anne Bezamat, 2016

Attentive readers of this blog should be aware that I go to parties for people in the fashion and modeling business, thanks largely to my involvement in preserving the work of some of the most prestigious models of my time on this blog.   It was at such a party in May 2016 that I met one particular model I'd wanted to meet for ages - France's Anne Bezamat, who currently lives in New York.

As I explained in an essay published on my regular blog,  Anne Bezamat, though not as big a household name in the 1980s as models such as Kim Alexis or Carol Alt, was a woman I found so incredibly gorgeous that, while trying to write poetry in college,  I gazed at her picture and finished a romantic poem I'd been unable to complete.  So, you could say that, for that one moment, she was my muse.

She's a very sweet and exuberant woman, and that should be obvious beyond a doubt in this candid photo of her which . . . I took with my digital camera. 

See what I mean? :-D :-)

I mentioned in an earlier post devoted to Anne Bezamat that she became a jewelry designer after she left modeling.  Sadly, she no longer designs jewelry.  She does, however, interview cultural figures for a television show that airs outside the U.S.  

Here's a brief reel of her TV work from her YouTube page. :-)


Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Beauty of Retrospect: Laura Alvarez

A few more retrospectives before I go into a special series for July . . . starting with this picture of Venezuelan model Laura Alvarez.

She's really rocking it here! :-D

Laura Alvarez was one of the earliest top models from Latin America, having primarily been active in the 1970s.   This is the fourth photo of her that I've featured on this blog.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Beauty of Retrospect, Special Post: Catherine Roberts for Chico's!

A top model of the late seventies and early eighties, Catherine Roberts - a regular subject on this blog - remains on top, continuing to model for various clients, including Chico's, a Florida-based retail women's clothing chain.

As always, Catherine Roberts projects a stylish, confident pose in whatever style of clothes she models.  

All three of these photos, by the way, are from the Chico's online catalog; all of them were taken in 2016.  And there are more I hope to show you in the hopefully not-so-distant future.

In the meantime, here she is modeling jewelry. :-D 

Ms. Roberts is not the only celebrated model appearing for Chico's.  Karen Alexander is among the lovely ladies modeling the company's 2016 collection as well.   

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Latest Numbers

I have now posted pictures of 978 different women, with only 22 to go before I reach the milestone of one thousand women in concert with this blog's tenth anniversary.  And don't ask me who the one thousandth woman will be because I haven't decided yet.  I'm leaning toward a final decision, but I won't tell you whom I'm considering . . . except to say that it will be someone far down the alphabet.  So it won't be someone whose last name begins with the letter "A."  The woman I choose will end an A-Z series beginning later this summer.

As for July, I'm devoting that month to more women in music.  For the rest of June, I'm going to take some looks back at women I've featured before, with previously unused photos.  The first woman I look back on though, will be represented with literally new pictures.

Stay tuned to see whom I'm talking about. :-)