I wasn't happy with the picture of actress Elisabeth Moss that I showed here when I first featured her in September 2009. Here's a much better one.
This photo, from People magazine, beautifully captures her wholesome, gentle look, adding just a touch of innocence.
The former "The West Wing" actress rose to greater fame as Peggy Olsen in the 1960s period drama "Mad Men." As of this writing, there are only seven unaired "Mad Men" episodes left, to be shown in the spring of 2015. We've seen Peggy grow from a young, inexperienced ad girl into a shrewd, sharp, creative businesswoman who can handle any assignment she's given. That's one of the show's many virtues - that women could thrive in a then-male-dominated business such as advertising.
Another A-Z round of new subjects begins soon. :-)
The above photo of German model Margrit Ramme peeking out from behind a carnival mask is possibly one of the most provocative photos in modeling history, and for one of the most mundane products in the beauty business. The picture is from an ad for Revlon's Moon Drops facial "masques," and if it startled you into getting your attention, well, that was the idea, apparently. With her softly pursed lips and her mischievously playful expression, Margrit Ramme is doing what all great models do so well - making love to the camera.
The color photo of Margrit Ramme also focuses on the left side of her lovely face . . . by showing her in profile. No props, no playful provocations, just a very elegant, straightforward pose. With her stately expression, Margrit Ramme easily resembles a heroine from a Wagner opera.
Sexy, serious . . . There's no image that Margrit Ramme couldn't present during her long and varied modeling career. And, given that these photos concentrate on just her left side, imagine what she could project with her full face. :-)
The last time I showed photos of modeling legend Karen Graham on this blog, they were in black and white. Here are three of them in color . . . all from the October 1, 1972 issue of the U.S. edition of Vogue. (Vogue was published twice a month back then.)
Karen Graham, then 27, was just beginning to build her reputation as a model, doing occasional ads for the Estée Lauder cosmetics company. By the following year, she would become their full-time spokesmodel.
And as glamorous as she looks in the two pictures above, she looks just plain gorgeous in the makeup tutorial photo below.
Karen Graham now lives in Tryon, North Carolina, in the heart of that state's horse farm country.
I have now posted pictures of 835 different women since I began this blog in September 2006. And I have one change to report on my statistics for the ten most popular posts.
Nothing has changed in positions one through nine - those posts are the same as before, with my July 2011 post of NBC and MSNBC newswoman Kristen Welker, as always, on top. But my March 2011 post of British actress Lesley-Anne Down has displaced my April 2011 post of German model Margrit Ramme for number ten. This change means that an actress primarily known for movies is represented in the top ten once again, but it leaves Sheila Johnson - my September 2009 post of whom is still at number two - the only woman primarily known for modeling who is represented here. But who knows? My other posts paying tribute to Margrit Ramme could work their way up to this chart, and I have more pictures of her to come going forward. :-)
Another statistic I'd like to throw out: As I noted earlier, I posted two blog entries in March 2014 that proved to be very popular, one of Italian fashion model Alda Balestra, the other of American on-camera meteorologist Stef Davis, who appears online on AccuWeather.com. Who do you think would be more popular? I would have guessed Alda Balestra for her iconic Christian Dior ads alone. But Stef Davis continues to be much more popular with viewers. In fact, her post has, as of today, gotten more than triple the number of pageviews that my first post devoted to Alda Balestra (I added two more after that) has gotten - 936 to 305. Which only goes to show you, again, that you never know who's going to click with your audience - you only think you know. Also, while I can control who appears on this blog, I can't control who's more popular.
Right. I have a few retrospectives I plan to close out the month with, then a new A-Z round begins in September. I'll be back soon. :-)
Makeup mogul Adrien Arpel is known for her makeover regimens, and her company has made them a cornerstone of its advertisements. This model is from one such "makeover" ad, taken from a newspaper ad for Adrien Arpel's department store counters.
This, of course, would be the "after-makeover" picture. :-D
Adrien Arpel's company has promised that women only need thirty minutes to "put on a great new face," and whether or not it takes that long, this model's face certainly proves the latter claim. :-)
This woman's striking beauty is the sort that burns into your memory; you could never forget a face like hers. The only trouble is, I don't know the identity of this model, and I have no way of finding out. I include her here because she looks both striking and softly sexy at the same time.
The Arpel ad this particular photo was taken from was from the late seventies. If anyone can identify this gorgeous model, please do so by leaving a comment on this post. Naturally, because this photo is so obscure, I don't expect any replies.
It's an ad for Bain de Soleil (French "for sun bath"), a suntan lotion promising the type of tan all the women of St.-Tropez on the French Riviera have. The deeply tanned, exotic "Frenchwoman" in the ad is actually Kriss Siemer, an American model. Below is a black-and-white photo showing her . . . not so tanned.
Kriss Ziemer was an enthusiastic Bain de Soleil spokeswoman, as this 1988 article form the Chicago Tribune attests, but she was hardly a foolish sunbather. She made it a point to keep her skin healthy and her tanning in moderation.
After all, she needed to tone it down a bit for photos like this:
She didn't need a bronzing tan to look like a goddess. :-)
Oh yes, her agency history. Kriss Ziemer was associated with the Zoli modeling agency in New York and the Atlanta-Miami agency L'Agence before moving to Wilhelmina in the mid-eighties . . . with a brief intermezzo at the Reinhard agency ion Philadelphia.
Olivia Wilde became a breakout sensation on American television when starred in the hit medical drama "House." She played Dr. Remy Hadley, a member of the diagnostics team of Dr. Gregory House (played by Hugh Laurie) at a New Jersey teaching hospital. She joined the series in 2007 and stayed for the final five of the show's eight seasons.
Though she's done a few movies, television remains the medium she's associated most with. She played a bisexual character, Alex Kelly, on the second season of the Orange County, California-based drama "The O.C.," and she played Jenny Reilly in the short-lived series "The Black Donnellys," about Irish-American gangsters.
Oh, and I understand that she did a very interesting photo shoot for Glamour!
Fun fact: Olivia Wilde's real last name is Cockburn. She got her celebrated surname from writer Oscar Wilde.
It is with great regret that I acknowledge the death of actress Lauren Bacall, an earlier subject on this blog, at the age of 89. She was a great actress and an intelligent, well-rounded human being, and my my post of Ms. Bacall on this blog celebrating her beauty, life, and work hopelessly attempted to make clear. But then, I don't think I could have done justice to her life and legacy any better than I did.
My entry honoring of Lauren Bacall, having been posted in January 2010 when she was very much alive, will remain on this blog, but, in accordance with my rules that I don't feature here women whom I know are deceased, I will not post any more pictures of Lauren Bacall going forward.
Of all the fashion and beauty models who made the depressing eighties bearable enough to get through, Renée Simonsen was probably the most stunning. She was certainly one of the most prolific models of the time; she appeared on so many different magazine covers and in so many fashion and beauty editorials and ads that to list them here would take too long. Just to give you an idea of how prolific she was, a Tumblr page devoted to her work has fifty-eight pages of images. Fifty-eight.
She was discovered at the age of sixteen by a Danish local fashion editor, and the work she got in her homeland led her to enter a contest sponsored by the prestigious Ford modeling agency for a big-time modeling contract.
Naturally, she won.
After a few years of causing a generation of young men to sigh and swoon, Renée Simonsen raised a lot of eyebrows when she got engaged to John Taylor, the bass player for the insubstantial pretty-boy pop-rock group Duran Duran. She caused among her many male fans several broken hearts and the impulse to call her taste in music into question. Eventually, the couple broke up. One of them was turned off by the other's interest in fashion and style and preferred more intellectual pursuits.
It was Taylor who was the fashion/style maven. HA! :-D
You can call Renée Simonsen Dr. Simonsen now, thank you very much. She obtained a degree in psychology - what would you expect from a woman from the country that gave the world Søren Kierkegaard? - and though she has modeled periodically since the eighties came to an end (which happened when Nirvana consigned Duran Duran and their New Romantic pop ilk to the dustbin of history), she has worked primarily a writer of both novels and children's books.
And she still looks great in middle age. :-)
Renée Simonsen is married to Danish rock musician Thomas Helmig and has a son by him along with two children from a previous relationship.
Ellen Pompeo is famous for playing the central character of the TV series "Grey's Anatomy."
She plays Dr. Meredith Grey, a young doctor who joins the staff of a Seattle hospital as a surgical intern, eventually becoming a resident, then an attending, surgeon. Her life is complicated by the fact that her father is Ellis Grey, a famous surgeon who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, and by a one-night stand she had with a man just before she joined the staff of what is now Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital (at first called Seattle Grace) who turns out to be an attending neurosurgeon at the hospital. The surgeon, Derek Shepherd (played by Patrick Dempsey), pursues Dr. Grey romantically; she eventually relents and marries him. All the while, Dr. Grey deals with her work and motherhood and gets involved with her friends and colleagues.
All heady stuff, and the show is, as of this writing, still going strong.
Ellen Pompeo had also played one-shot character on TV shows such as "Law and Order" and "Friends," and she's had roles in movies such as Catch Me If You Can and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Gail O'Grady is an actress many TV viewers remember from the nineties and two thousand zeroes.
She played New York Police Department civilian aide Donna Abandando on the ABC series "NYPD Blue" for three years, 1993 to 1996, reprising her role briefly in 1999. Later, in the new century, she played suburban Philadelphia mom Helen Pryor in the 1960s drama "American Dreams," set around the Philadelphia-based airing of Dick Clark's "American Bandstand," before that show moved to Los Angeles.
Gail O'Grady has had recurring roles in other television shows, and she also played U.S. Navy Lieutenant Paula Coughlin in the TV movie She Stood Alone: The Tailhook scandal, about Lieutenant Coughlin, a naval aviator, and how she blew the whistle on how that 83 servicewomen and seven servicemen had been sexually assaulted at a 1991 meeting of the Tailhook Association, a naval aviation fraternity. Lieutenant Coughlin herself was victimized. Over a hundred naval aviators and Marines were involved.
Paula Newton is part of CNN's presence in the Great White North.
After working as a reporter for CTV in Canada for twelve years - 1993 to 2005 - she became an international correspondent for the Cable News Network, and she is based in Ottawa, Canada's capital.
At CTV, Ms. Newton was an anchor for the morning show "Canada AM," as well as CTV's Moscow bureau chief. At CNN, she has been seen doing such shows as "CNN Today," "Inside the Middle East," and "World News Europe." She has also served as CNN's London-based international security correspondent.
She got her start as an anchor and as a reporter for CHCH-TV in Hamilton, Ontario.
Mary McDonnell got her breakthrough in the epic frontier movie Dances With Wolves, as the daughter of American settlers adopted and raised by Sioux Indians. Her character, called Stands With a Fist for her defiance, enters into a relationship with Kevin Costner's Lieutenant Dunbar, assigned at Army fort on the frontier.
She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance, and she received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for Passion Fish, in which she played a daytime serial actress paralyzed after being struck by a taxi. Among are other notable films are Grand Canyon and Donnie Darko.
In 2003, Mary McDonnell starred in the cable TV miniseries "Battlestar Galactica," based on the late-seventies ABC science fiction series of the same name, as Laura Roslin, the President of the Twelve Colonies. She reprised the role in a subsequent weekly "Battlestar Galactica" series, which ran from 2004 to 2009. From there she played a Los Angeles police captain in the TNT series "The Closer."
Eva LaRue is an actress who has appeared primarily on American television.
She's best known for playing Dr. Maria Santos Grey on the ABC daytime serial "All My Children" three separate times, but prime-time TV viewers know her from her role as investigator Natalia Boa Vista on CBS's "CSI: Miami."
She's appeared in a few small movies that were released theatrically, but she's mostly done TV movies, including the Anneette Funicello biopic A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes, in which she played the famous, iconic Mouseketeer.
A multicultural American in the truest sense of the term, Eva LaRue has French, Puerto Rican, Dutch, and Scottish heritage.
Fun fact #1: She was married to onetime "Family Feud" host John O'Hurley for two years.
There aren't that many Arab-Americans in broadcast journalism, but, among them, Hoda Kotb may be the most visible of them all.
Born to Egyptian immigrants in Oklahoma and raised in West Virginia, Hoda Kotb began her journalism career at, appropriately enough, CBS News' Cairo bureau when she was 22. After stints as a general assignment reporter and anchor in stations across the Midwest and the South, Ms. Kotb went to NBC. She's been a reporter on the network's "Dateline NBC" news magazine since 1998, and she hosted the weekly syndicated series "Your Total Health" for three years (2004 to 2007).
Since 2007, Hoda Kotb has co-hosted the fourth hour of NBC's long-running (and now long) "Today" show. Her co-host? Sorry, I have trouble remembering her name! ;-)
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
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." :-)
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. ;-)
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.
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.
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. :-)
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."
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.
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 AccuWeather.com 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 measured by Blogger.com. 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. :-)
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. :-)