Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Beauty of Retrospect, April Model Edition: Margrit Ramme

I have shown numerous pictures of models from Aziza cosmetics ads.  I have shown an even greater number of pictures of the ethereally lovely German model Margrit Ramme.  But I have never shown a picture of Margrit Ramme from an Aziza ad because I never believed that one existed.

Then I found this photo. :-D

This is Margrit Ramme in a 1974 Aziza print ad for mascara.  As you can see, the mascara doesn't complement her eyes.  Her eyes complement the mascara.  :-)   

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Beauty of Retrospect, April Model Edition: Beverly Johnson

Life is funny. You think you've seen every understatedly sexy picture Beverly Johnson (whom I last featured here in February 2016) ever posed for. And then you see a stylish picture like this. :-D

Her eyes, her smile, her shoulders, her long arms . . . uh,  need I go on?

My kingdom for a color version of this photo.

At least we have this color photo . . . of Beverly Johnson in a yellow Mary McFadden dress, from the February 1975 edition of the U.S. edition of Vogue. :-)

And then there's this color photo, featuring our heroine in this fabulous gold lamé number, looking very glamorous and . . . very revealing.  :-D


Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Beauty of Retrospect, April Model Edition: Regine Jaffry

I found this wonderful photo of Regine Jaffry, whom I feature here for the first time since May 2013 and for the second time ever, that was too good not to share.

She has a nice, soft, almost winsome look here. :-) 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Beauty of Retrospect, April Model Edition: Patti Hansen

Patti Hansen's best feature as a model has always been fer flowing blonde hair, but of course she also has a perfect face, as evidenced by this Aziza ad in which her hair is pulled back, allowing the viewer to concentrate on how her makeup brings out her delicate features. Which, of course, is what the ad men who handled the Aziza account intended.

Of course, like all true beauties, Patti Hansen looks her best when she's not wearing any makeup at all, as the Scavullo picture below clearly shows.

And, of course, her hair is down.

Patti Hansen is a great model for closeups.  Strange that she's married to Keith Richards. ;-)

This is my first Patti Hansen post since February 2016. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Beauty of Retrospect, April Model Edition: Yasmine Guenancia

And now, for the first time on this blog since June 2015, more pictures of Yasmine Guenancia, from the seventies, when her surname was Sokal and she was the top auburn-haired model of the time.

The above photo from a fashion ad (and do you really think I care which fashion ad it was?) shows her confident poise.  In the color photo below, taken by Deborah Turbeville in 1975, she shows a sweeter, more ethereal side.

I know, I know - more etheral than ethereal, as she's a knockout. :-) 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Beauty of Retrospect, April Model Edition: Karen Graham

It's been awhile since I posted a photo of Karen Graham, one of the first models I had a serious crush on, so why don't I revisit her now?  :-)

I had to cool it with Karen Graham photos for awhile, because I was posting so many of them that this blog almost became devoted to her exclusively.  I last featured her here in June 2015.

This is a photo from the Estée Lauder ad campaign, of course, probably from around 1972.  I don't know what the numerals 3 and 4 mean either.  

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Beauty of Retrospect, April Model Edition: Nancy Donahue

Nancy Donahue has always been in vogue. And these pictures are from when she was in Vogue. :-D

Specifically, British and American editions from the 1980s. :-)

The photo above appeared in the U.S. Vogue edition's December 1980 issue, at the start of her modeling career.  Below, she sports a softer look in the magazine's August 1984 issue.

The third picture comes from Vogue's British edition, and I believe it was taken by Denis Piel.

Piel was one of many photographers that Nancy Donahue worked with.  Patrice Casanova, Patrick Demarcheleier, Eric Boman, Richard Avedon, and Bill King are among the others. :-)

This is my first Nancy Donahue post since April 2015.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

The Beauty of Retrospect, April Model Edition: Kathy Davis

I'm always happy to revisit Kathy Davis, an avatar of blonde coolness and sweet innocence.  Also, she's one of my friends from the modeling world.  This is the first time I've featured her since June 2014.

Above is the Kathy Davis many Baby Boomer women remember from their teenage years.  A teenager herself in the sixties, Ms. Davis was already a star model by then thanks to her editorial work for Teen, the fashion magazine for high school girls in that swinging decade.  It was already becoming obvious that her hair was one of her best features.  (While I don't normally feature teenage photos, Kathy Davis was an adult by time I myself was a teenager, so I'm making an exception here.)

By the end of the seventies, she was doing TV commercials for various products.  Below is a still form a Maybelline cosmetics commercial from 1979.  For the record, regarding her beauty, she was born with it, Maybelline or not. :-)

Still, her hair remained her most distinctive feature, which is why she's best known for her late-seventies hair-care ads . . . like the 1978 Clairol TV commercial the photo below is taken from.

Of course, Kathy Davis's 1979 print ad for Body On Tap shampoo remains not only the loveliest hair-care ad, print or TV, that she's ever done, it's also the loveliest hair-care ad, print or TV, that anyone's ever done.  I, of course, featured that ad here the first time I ever featured Ms. Davis, back in May 2011.   

Below is a close-up of Kathy Davis from that ad, with her long, luxurious blonde hair in all of its glory.

You're welcome. :-) 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Beauty of Retrospect, April Model Edition: Jennifer Brice

Jennifer Brice, whom I first featured here in June 2013, was a top model in the 1970s and a star of the famous "Battle of Versailles" fashion show of November 1973 that pitted American models and designers against their French counterparts, known for their superiority complexes.

As these black-and-white pictures of Ms. Brice, showing her in a dress and in a swimsuit, indicate, the French had superiority complexes without the superiority to back them up. :-D

So, you're probably wondering, does she still look gorgeous in the twenty-teens?  And do I have any color photos available?

The answer to both questions is yes. :-)  

This color photo of Jennifer Brice was taken in 2014. :-) 

Monday, April 3, 2017

The Beauty of Retrospect, April Model Edition: Alda Balestra

Even with all of the photos of Italian model Alda Balestra that I've posted here before (my last post of her was in March 2015), there are still plenty from her impressive portfolio to feature here.

The above photo is, I believe from a L'Oreal ad campaign, and she did indeed appear in many such ads for the French cosmetics company.  But she also found time to model for clients in her homeland, such as designer Gianfranco Ferré, as evidenced below.

Exqusite! :-D

As noted when I first featured her, Alda Balestra is a public relations consultant in Berlin now, as well as the wife of Claus von Stauffenberg and a leading figure in the German capital's social and cultural life.  Below is a more recent picture of  her, from 2009.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Numbers and Other Things

I have now posted pictures of 1,050 women on this blog.  I'm setting an arbitrary goal of one hundred new subjects per year, because I have decided to publish an annual list of the women added to this blog in the year gone by.  Five-year lists are too cumbersome. :-)

I also had to clean up my blog a bit with regard to a few of my archived posts.  I went back to a couple of earlier posts to adjust and update their content . . . and I found a couple of paragraphs without justified margins! Plus a couple of other posts with very minor typos.  I fixed those, and the next day I found that one blog entry was posted . . . twice!  That had to be Blogger's fault, because I don't see how I could have posted the same entry twice - and with the same timestamp! - by myself.  Also, a miscounting of how many entries I'd posted up to a certain time - a post that I thought was my one thousandth was not - forced yet more revisions on a previously published post.  And I'm not completely convinced that at least one of those unjustified entries was my fault.  Back in July 2016, Blogger's service had some issues that really screwed up some of my posts here. These glitches I found more recently might have been the result of that.

Whoever is responsible for any of this - me, Blogger.com (which has had reliability problems on other occasions) - this still all embarrasses me, because even though this is a blog and not a proper Web site, I try to make it look as professional and polished as possible, and certain glitches and human errors are bound to occur when I'm my own editor on a free service.

Anyway, the glitches and errors have been corrected, and I thank everyone who follows and visits this blog for their loyalty. :-)

Right . . ..  I'm devoting April 2017 to looks back at models I've previously featured.  I'll be back soon.        

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Beauty of Anonymity: Revlon Colorfast Model

The product advertised in this photo is obvious . . . it's for the lustrous eye shadow the model is wearing, as she studies a jewel from New York's Harry Winston establishment.  The full ad, from 1978, includes a letter to Harry Winston declaring that her Revlon Colorfast eye shadow is as incomparable in luster and depth of color as the jewel she's inspecting is.

But who is the model?  That's a question I can't answer.  She sure is gorgeous, worthy of inclusion on this blog.  But, alas, I don't know her name.  Maybe some of you, my dear followers, can identify her.  
And if you do know, please leave a comment in the field below this post.  

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Model Carter Wilson

Carter Wilson is model from the 1980s who worked through the Zoli agency in New York.

She isn't just strictly a fashion model.  Her modeling credits include ads for Sprite diet soda and Tame hair conditioner.  

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Actress Jennifer Westfeldt

Jennifer Westfeldt entered the twenty-first century in an astonishing way. 

She wrote and co-produced the 2001 movie Kissing Jessica Stein,  about a New York copyeditor (Ms. Westfeldt, in the title role) who experiments with a lesbian romance.

It's a comedy.

She also wrote, produced and directed the 2011 comedy movie Friends with Kids, a movie about two best friends of opposite sexes deciding to have a child together while keeping their relationship platonic to avoid the negative effect children can have on romantic relationships.  

Not your conventional actress, she . . .

Her co-star in Friends With Kids was "Mad Men" actor Jon Hamm, with whom she had a relationship for eighteen years beginning in 1997.  

Sunday, March 19, 2017

MSNBC reporter Katy Tur

When Katy Tur was assigned by MSNBC to cover the nascent presidential campaign of Donald Trump in June 2015, she shrugged and accepted it, probably thinking she'd be covering Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio by the end of the year or early in 2016 as soon as Trump dropped out.

As of this writing, Trump is President, and Katy Tur - one of several reporters on the receiving end of Trump's insults - has seen her career go into high gear.  Not only is she one of MSNBC's most visible reporters, she got the gig to anchor MSNBC's 2 PM Eastern hour during his first one hundred days in office.

Fun fact: Both of her parents are reporters. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Actress Juliet Rylance

She only has three movies to her credit as of this writing, yet Britain's Juliet Rylance is already held in great esteem.

She produced and acted in the 2013 movie Days and Nights, inspired by Anton Chekhov's The Seagull.  Though the film received negative reviews, Ms. Rylance earned plaudits for her performance as an artist's muse.

She also stars in the controversial movie A Dog's Purpose as the mother of a little boy who owns the dog that is reincarnated throughout the story.  Her character is named - I kid you not - Elizabeth Montgomery.

Her stage work includes lots of Shakespeare: as Juliet (how appropriate!) in Romeo and Juliet in London, and as Desdemona in Othello and as Rosalind in As You Like It, both in New York on Off Broadway.  The former performance got her a Lucille Lortel Award nomination  for Best Featured Actress.  

Monday, March 13, 2017

TV newswoman Elaine Quijano

When Elaine Quijano, a Philippine-American broadcast journalist, moderated the 2016 U.S. vice presidential election debate, she became the first journalist of Asian descent, male or female, to moderate a national debate of any sort.

Judging from the outcome of the meeting between Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence, the winner was . . . Eliane Quijano.

Born in raised in the suburbs of Chicago, she began her career as an intern at WCIA-TV in Champaign, Illinois in the nineties, and later did reporting, producing and anchoring for that station before becoming a  general assignment reporter for WFTS-TV in Tampa.

Ms. Quijano went on to CNN, where covered the Pentagon, the Supreme Court, and electoral politics, eventually becoming a White House reporter.  Since 2010, though, she's been at CBS, where she's covered Hurricane Sandy, the Boston Marathon bombing, and the 2014 World Cup, among other stories.

Elaine Quijano is an anchor for CBSN, CBS's digital streaming network, and she anchors the Sunday edition of "The CBS Weekend News" as well as filing "Money Watch reports during the Sunday night broadcast of "60 Minutes."

And she's just getting started.

Friday, March 10, 2017

TV reporter Nicole Perez

Nicole Perez is a familiar face on local TV news in Miami.

She's the local traffic reporter for WPLG-TV, the ABC affiliate in Miami, Florida, and she's had that job since July 2016. A lifelong Miami resident, she was at WSVN-TV, another station in southern Florida, for five years before joining WPLG. 

Fun fact: Nicole Perez was a graphic designer for the Miami Heat basketball team's Heat TV channel.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Actress Thandie Newton

Thandie Newton is a British actress known for her movies on both sides of the Atlantic.

The daughter of an English farther and Zimbabwean mother, she's perhaps best known for her role as Christine in the ensemble movie Crash, dealing with racism in Los Angeles.  She also played former Secretary of State Condolezza Rice in W., a movie about the forty-third U.S. President, and she played slave Sally Hemmings in Jefferson in Paris.

Fun fact: Her full name is Melanie Thandiwe Newton.  He middle name means "beloved" in various southern African languages.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

TV newswoman SallyAnn Mosey

SallyAnn Mosey wears a lot of hats at the cable news station News 12 New Jersey. She's a reporter and fill-in anchor, but she's also one of the weekend weather forecasters on the Garden State-centered channel.

She started out her broadcasting career at WGRZ-TV in Buffalo and then moved to WTNH-TV, the ABC affiliate in New Haven, Connecticut, before moving to WNBC-TV in New York. More recently, she was a regular presence in Philadelphia local news, first on the ABC affiliate WPVI-TV as a weekend meteorologist and then as the weather forecaster for "Good Day Philadelphia," the morning news show on Fox affiliate WTXF-TV. Ms. Mosey has been with News 12 New Jersey since 2012, and she lives in Monmouth County (Springsteen country).

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Actress Jane March

With March coming in like a lion, I thought I'd come in with another March . . . Jane March! :-D

Jane March is an English actress who has appeared in several movies, with an emphasis on adventure flicks.  She played Jane in a Tarzan movie (Tarzan and the Lost City), and she also played Hestia, the goddess of the hearth, in the 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans, as well as the Evil Queen in 2012's Grimm's Snow White.  However, she has done some comedy, most notably the black-humor flick My Last Five Girlfriends

Monday, February 27, 2017

Actress Rebecca Larsen

Rebecca Larsen is a young actress you may be hearing more of in the future.

The Utah-born Ms. Larsen has mainly been seen in television commercials, but she's also appeared in low-budget movies such as 2010's Nice Tie, Italiano!, about a chance meeting between a man and a woman that threatens to change the course of both their lives.

In her spare time, she's also an assistant director. :-) 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Model Nancy Jones

Nancy Jones is a model from the 1980s, the golden decade of modeling. :-)

With her own golden look, Ms. Jones looks absolutely striking. 

She was represented by the Kay agency in New York.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Model Jane Hitchcock

A nice Southern girl with the classy demeanor of a belle at a cotillion, Jane Hitchcock moved from her home state of Alabama to New York City to pursue ballet studies with the New York City Ballet, having been chosen for a scholarship to train there.

But it, um, didn't quite work out like that, which is why you haven't seen her in my "Beauty of Dance" posts.    

Ms. Hitchcock, like any ballet dancer, was a stunner. She attracted attention from photographers who thought she should be a model.  The late Wilhelmina Cooper, the former model who started her own agency, certainly thought so when she saw young Jane, and when Ms. Cooper's eponymous modeling agency got up and running, Jane Hitchcock was the fifth model to sign with her.   

Of course, Jane Hitchcock, with the grace she acquired from all that ballet dancing back in the Heart of Dixie, was a natural model, and she quickly began appearing in magazines Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Glamour, and Vogue.  She also appeared in several ads, such as one for Collingswood jewelry, from which the above photo is taken . . . 

. . . and many ads for Napier costume jewelry.   The photo directly above is from one of them.

Jane Hitchcock continued into the eighties, and also models well into the twenty-first century.  Look at the picture below carefully . . . this is what enduring beauty looks like!

She's a model for all time, and for all seasons. :-) 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

TV newswoman Alice Gainer

Alice Gainer has been a perennial presence in broadcast journalism in the greater New York area for quite some time.

She is currently an anchorwoman and reporter for New York's CBS station, WCBS-TV, and its sister station out on Long Island, WLNY-TV.  Before that, she worked for the local-news cable network News 12, at both its Westchester and New Jersey stations. 

Born and raised in New Jersey, Ms. Gainer graduated from Fordham University in 2004 with a communications degree and had been a news anchor at the university's radio station, WFUV-FM.  She has won several awards for journalism, including a best-continuing-coverage award from the Associated Press and an award from Public Radio News Directors Incorporated.

Fun fact 1:  Alice Gainer has even acted as a reporter, playing an MSNBC anchor in The Bourne Legacy and also playing an anchorwoman in a lottery commercial.

Fun fact 2: Ms. Gainer competed several times in the Miss New Jersey USA pageant.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Model Doreen Erickson

Doreen Erickson is a fashion model who was at her most active in the mid-eighties.

She was represented by the Legends agency in New York.  

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Actress Michelle Dockery

If you don't know who Michelle Dockery is, then you've been living under a rock for the past several years. 

Of course, she played Lady Mary Crawley in the TV period drama series "Downton Abbey," which got her two consecutive Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe award nomination . . . in addition to three Screen Actors Guild awards. :-) 

And Ms. Dockery's talents are hardly limited to the small screen.   She won acclaim for playing Eliza Doolittle in the 2007 London revival of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, and she played Ophelia in a 2010 production of Hamlet.

In film, she played Princess Myagkaya in a 2012 adaptation of Tolstoy's novel "Anna Karenina."  Michelle Dockery, quite frankly, can do (as well as wear) anything. :-)

She currently plays a petty con artist in the TNT drama series "Good Behavior." 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Actress Lizzy Caplan

Lizzy Caplan started out with a small role on the the coming-of-age period drama "Freaks and Geeks" (set in the early 1980s) as Sara, a high school student and the girlfriend of Nick Andopolis (played by Jason Segel, best known for his role on "How I Met Your Mother"). "Freaks and Geeks" was one of those shows that, unfortunately, received for more raves from the press than it did viewers, and so it was canceled after one season.

After more TV roles, Ms. Caplan broke through playing teenager Janis Ian (not to be confused with the real-life folk singer) in 2004's Mean Girls (2004) and as Marlena Diamond in the 2008 horror film Cloverfield, among other movies. This all led to her best-known role to date - as Virginia Johnson in "Masters of Sex," based on the real-life research of Johnson and William H. Masters into human sexual response and sexual dysfunction from the late 1950s to the 1970s.  

The series ran on Showtime from 2013 to 2016. 

Fun fact:  Ms. Caplan's maternal uncle is writer and television pundit Howard Bragman.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Model Billie Blair

Bille Blair was one of the leading models in the 1970s and 1980s. I know I should say she was one of the leading black models of that period, but I don't think of women in terms of skin color. :-)

The Michigan-born Ms. Blair, who got her start as an auto show model (of course), went from the turntable to the runway in short order. Among the fashion houses she modeled for: Yves Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren, Christian Dior, Betsey Johnson, and Calvin Klein.

In the late eighties, she left the modeling life behind to devote time to studying the Bible, and she eventually graduated and was ordained by the Faith Tech Ministries Bible School. She became a minister, based in Defiance, Ohio.  She's the Reverend Billie Blair now. :-)

Fun fact: She took part in the famous 1973 Versailles fashion show in which she and other American fashion models, many of them models of color (some of which have already been celebrated here), famously showed up their French counterparts.     

Friday, February 3, 2017

TV newswoman Shirleen Allicot

Shirleen Allicot is a New York-bred TV newswoman in the Big Apple who made a name for herself in Philadelphia first.

She was a co-anchor for two newscasts in the City of Brotherly Love, one an afternoon program on WPVI-TV (Philadelphia's ABC affiliate) and the other the ten o'clock report on WPHL-TV.   While in Philadelphia, Ms. Allicot covered Hurricane Sandy and the Amtrak derailment in Northeast Philadelphia in 2015.  She now anchors the noon report on WABC-TV in New York City.

Her previous Tri-State TV news work include stints at the cable enterprise News 12's Connecticut, Long Island, and Bronx channels (but not News 12 New Jersey - sorry), where she reported and anchored.

Born in Guyana, Ms. Allicot grew up in Queens, where her family settled when she was three months old.  She holds a B.A. degree in broadcast journalism from Hofstra University.