Monday, March 2, 2015

The Beauty of Retrospect: Alda Balestra Week, Part One

It was in 1970 when the world first learned of Alda Balestra. She came out of nowhere - Trieste, which Italians consider as provincial as Americans consider Boise, Idaho provincial - to win the Miss Italy pageant at a mere sixteen years of age.  Soon after that, she was modeling in Milan and, later, Paris.  Within a decade, she was one of the top models in the fashion trade. 

The photo above captures Ms. Balestra in a soft, innocent pose, recalling the teenage girl who wowed those beauty contest judges.  The picture below shows her all grown up . . .

. . . as an avatar of very high fashion. :-)

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