Monday, October 6, 2014

Fashion model Linda Morand

Linda Morand is a major figure among fashion and beauty models.  In the 1960s  and 1970s, she was one of the models most in demand for commercials, print ads, magazine covers, fashion editorials, and catalogs.

Originally from the Long Island suburb of Lindenhurst, Linda Morand went into New York City to study art and was discovered by legendary modeling agent Eileen Ford in 1965.  While she went on to appear in many American magazines, such as Glamour, Mademoiselle, and Teen, she would quickly go international, walking the runways in Paris, Munich, and Milan.  She also became famous for her resemblance to former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and she even did some photo shoots as her doppelganger.


Linda Morand set a trend with her asymmetrically short hairstyle in the late sixties, and she also became a muse to fashion designer Pierre Cardin.  She was known as "SuperChick," so ubiquitous was she in the fashion and beauty world.  Linda Morand was a "supermodel" before the term was even coined.

Today, Linda Morand, who retired from modeling in 1975, is a fashion and beauty photography archivist, and she diligently preserves the modeling work of the great models of her generation (along with her own work).  And as the above photo from 2010 shows, she retired way too soon. :-)

I first met Linda Morand at an art reception in Manhattan in 2012; the photo above, from a 2013 event in New York, is my own.  She is still one of the most beautiful women to have ever graced a catwalk or a magazine cover.  

That's why I'm featuring her here, folks! :-) 

She preserves the work of famous models online at, and she has her own official site; the links to both are in the right-hand margin of this blog.   

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