Friday, June 23, 2017

The Beauty of Retrospect: Catherine Roberts

Here's a model I can identify without question, the extraordinarily lovely Catherine Roberts. As always, a lot of people recognize her on sight, given all the print ads she's been in over a long career.  But, also as always, not too many of them can identify her by name.  Which is why I'm here once again to correct that situation, with some more photos from her glamour advertising.

The above photo is from an ad for Ciani jewelry, specifically earrings.  As if I'd notice. ;-)  But her face clearly suggests that it could be from a cosmetics ad.  The photo immediately below and the TV-commercial still below that are from cosmetics ads, print and TV, and both for the same cosmetics brand - Helena Rubenstein.

The above photo, taken by Richard Avedon, shows our heroine with an elegant, dignified look, while in the picture below, she displays a little mischievousness. ;-)

Was the commercial this picture was taken from for Helena Rubenstein lipstick?  Blush?  Nail polish?

All of the above, actually. :-)

And there aren't too many models like Catherine Roberts who could sell all three at once. :-)

And she still has that same allure today, as evidenced by the photo below from May 2017.  The photo is my own. :-)

You can see her now (2017) in a commercial for Toyota's new C-HR crossover car, seen below.  She's at the very beginning. :)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Beauty of Anonymity: Buf-Puf Model

The caption in the ad below, for Buf-Puf facial sponges, reads, "Inside every skin there's a beautiful skin waiting to get out!"  And in every beauty ad there's a beautiful model waiting to be identified!

Too bad I can't identify this model.

This ad is from the mid-1980s, and when I saw this woman, I thought that it just had to be Maria Johnson, whom I've featured here before.  However, I have since been told by friends of mine who know a thing or two about the fashion/beauty profession that this is definitely not Maria Johnson.  None of them know who this is; they only know who it isn't.

So, if any of you out there can identify this brunette model, please leave a comment on this post.

Here's the same picture of the model above in isolation, without the cumbersome ad copy.  Hopefully this will strike a chord of familiarity in someone. :-)    

It sure does look like Maria Johnson.

The rest of this month will be devoted to looks back at previously featured women, then for July . . . another new series of beautiful athletes.  

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Model Kim Williams

Kim Williams is a model from the 1980s and 1990s who was quite ubiquitous.

She appeared in numerous fashion-magazine editorials, and according to the Fashion Model Directory Web site, she appeared in editorials in every U.S. edition of Vogue that came out in 1985.

In addition to appearances in international editions of Glamour and Elle, Ms. Williams has appeared in ads for Christian Dior, Jil Sander, and Karl Lagerfeld, and she's also modeled for Gianfranco Ferré (as seen in the photo above) and Yves Saint Laurent (below).

Nice glove. :-) 

Kim Williams was clearly one of the hardest-working women in modeling in the 1980s, even if she wasn't a household name.    

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Model Susan Smith

Susan Smith is another model from the 1980s, distinguished by her short, vibrantly auburn hair.

And the spectacularly stunning dress in the above photo certainly complements her look.

Susan Smith was mostly a jewelry model, being a spokesmodel for the Louis Bartholomew brand. In the photo below, taken from a Louis Bartholomew ad, she looks positively divine.

Biographical data on her is scant.  She is not to be confused with the Playboy model of the same name. 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Model/actress Von Gretchen Shepard

Despite the civil rights movement of the 1960s, beauty pageants remained racially segregated in the United States, even after virtually every other facet of life had been integrated.  So the Miss Black America pageant was created in 1968 in response to the lily-white "mainstream" version held every September in Atlantic City (and the first one was even held in the same city as the Miss America contest).  And Von Gretchen Shepard, the seventh Black Miss America, is one of the best-known winners.    

Von Gretchen Shepard, Miss Black America 1975, defied the myth that beauty queens only go on to become former beauty queens.  She quickly became a top model and soon thereafter became an actress, appearing in musicals. and in shows as different as "Baywatch" and "A Different World." 

As for the Miss Black America pageant, that's still going on, despite Vanessa Williams having broken the color barrier at the so-called mainstream Miss America contest by becoming the first black Miss America.  Neither the diversity of the Miss America contest nor the smaller profile of the Miss Black America contest, though, has hurt Von Gretchen Shepard's status as an impeccable role model.

Oh yeah, she also went to Harvard.   

Friday, June 16, 2017

Business TV reporter Courtney Reagan

If you want to know how the retail business is doing, watch for Courtney Reagan on CNBC.

Courtney Reagan reports on retail for the consumer/business cable channel.  She's been a general assignment reporter for CNBC since 2011, after having been on the NBC news-desk staff. She also contributes to other programs on the National Broadcasting Company's broadcast-network news programs, as well as to PBSs "Nightly Business Report." 

Courtney Reagan is all business . . . and all broadcasting.  She has  bachelor's degrees in finance and mass communication from Miami University in Ohio.  Her work experience in the former field comes from haivng worked at Merrill Lynch, and her mass-communication CV includes a stint at ESPN.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Actress Deirdre Quinn

Deirdre Quinn is an actress whose breakthrough role in the movies was more than a consolation prize. 

She played Miss Texas (although she's originally from the Philadelphia area)  in the 2000 comedy Miss Congeniality, which starred Sandra Bullock as an undercover FBI agent posing as a beauty contest entrant to thwart a terrorist plot at the pageant.

Deirdre Quinn also played Tina, a friend of Ali Larter's character Niki Sanders, on the sci-fi television series "Heroes," a series about people with superhuman powers.

Having married in 2004, Ms. Quinn has not been active as an actress since 2008.  But here's hoping we see her again soon. :-)    

Monday, June 12, 2017

Model Melissa Peterson

Melissa Peterson is a model who could have won an Elizabeth McGovern lookalike contest. :-)

In fact, Ms. Peterson, a face of the eighties, was most active at the time Elizabeth McGovern was making some of her best-known movies, so the "short-hair cute look" was definitely popular back in the 1980s. 

Specifically, Ms. Peterson was at her highest profile during the middle of the decade, when she was a client of the Prestige Promotion agency in New York. 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Model Michele Parker

There don't seem to be too many places where Michele Parker wasn't working as a model.

Ms. Parker, who was active in the mid-eighties, was represented by no fewer than four agencies in five different cities - New York, London Paris, Chicago and even Dallas - in a four-year time frame.

She was mostly with Elite through its London and Chicago offices, but she was also represented by the Prestige and Wilhelmina agencies. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

TV newswoman Sheree Paolello

Originally from Cincinnati, Sheree Paolello envisioned herself as a big-time television reporter in a major TV market such as New York or Chicago.  But on her way there through TV reporting stints in South Bend, Dayton, and Charlotte - mostly covering crime stories - she didn't realize that the road to success would take her back home.

In 2002, she got a job as a general assignment reporter for WLWT-TV in the Queen City, as Cincinnati is sometimes called, and  eventually worked her way up to weekend anchor, then to anchoring the 5:00 PM weekday report job.  Ms. Paolello is now regularly seen in the Greater Cincinnati Tri-State area at 5:30 PM,  6:00 PM and 11:00 PM. And she doesn't regret missing the big time of a Big Apple or Windy City gig.

"I feel very lucky to be doing what I love in the city that I grew up in," she says on her WLWT page.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

TV newswoman Wesleigh Ogle

Don't even think that I'm going to write a godawful pun on her name!

In all seriousness, Wesleigh Ogle has been a reporter for Portland, Oregon TV station KATU-TV since April 2016,   Her previous broadcasting experience in the Beaver State was at KVAL-TV in Eugene, where she was the morning anchorwoman and produced and edited the 12:00 noon report, as well as anchoring that, and at CBS affiliate KCBY-TV in North Bend.

Ms. Ogle is an alumna of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and she had a TV news internship with WFAA-TV in that city.   

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Actress Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle is a queen of American TV who could end up being a royal princess.

The actress, whose exotic looks come from her white father and black mother, stars as Rachel Zane in the TV law drama "Suits," on the USA network.  Rachel Zane is a paralegal who aspires to go to law school and makes it into Columbia.  Ms. Markle also played FBI agent Amy Jessup in two episodes of the sci-fi thriller series "Fringe."

These days, she's best known by folks who don't watch a lot of TV as the girlfriend of Britain's Prince Henry of Wales, better known as Prince Harry.  And, from all accounts, the House of Windsor approves.

No sense in getting excited over the prospect of a Queen Meghan - Prince Harry is fifth in line to the British throne, so the odds that he will one day be King Henry IX are pretty long.

Fun fact: Meghan Markle, like her "Suits" character, was named Rachel.  Meghan is actually her middle name.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Model Anni Lings

Anni Lings is a model from the 1980s.

She spent most of that decade being represented by the Wilhelmina agency in New York, though she had worked in London before that.

In the latter part of the decade, she was also represented by Elite Elegance in New York and the Reinhard agency in Philadelphia. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Model/actress Doutzen Kroes

Doutzen Kroes is a top model from the Netherlands, a country known for producing some of the biggest names in modeling.

Not only has she been a regular in the Victoria's Secret lingerie catalog, but she has also appeared on the covers of Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Marie Claire, and even Time, a magazine not known for haute couture. ;)

Her biggest achievement as a model was appearing on the covers of four international editions of Vogue simultaneously, on the September 2013 issues.

Doutzen Kroes has also worked as an actress. She appeared in the 2011 movie Nova Zembla, about Dutch sailors Willem Barentsz and Jacob van Heemskerk, who were looking for the Northwest Passage in the late sixteenth century and ended up stranded on a Russian island in the Arctic. She played Catharina Plancius, an astronomer's daughter who reportedly had an affair with one of the crew members.  She also plays an Amazon warrior in the 2017 Wonder Woman movie. 

Fun fact: Doutzen Kroes is active in promoting and preserving Frisian, an obscure Germanic language spoken in the Netherlands. 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

TV newswoman Hallie Jackson

Hallie Jackson has been an NBC/MSNBC correspondent since 2014.

Originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Ms. Jackson started her career at WBOC-TV, a small station in Salisbury, Maryland, before moving to CBS affiliate WFSB-TV in Hartford in 2008, the year Barack Obama was elected President.  She likely had no idea that she'd be at NBC covering the 2016 presidential campaign. 

After a brief stint as a generic reporter for local-news broadcasts for over two dozen stations owned by the Hearst Corporation beginning in 2012, she joined NBC News.  During the 2016 presidential campaign, she covered Ted Cruz's White House bid.  In addition to doing anchoring stints at MSNBC, Ms. Jackson has become NBC's White House correspondent, a job she began in January 2017.  She might want to take advice from Katy Tur (whom I've already featured) on how to handle Donald Trump.

Hallie Jackson is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Johns Hopkins University, holding a bachelor's degree in political science.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Stage actress Emily Hsu

Emily Hsu is another actress who is a common presence on the stage.

Her biggest role to date may be that of reporter Charolotte Dennon in the 2012 production of the Christmas musical Elf.

She's had several theater roles, both on Broadway and on national tours, in plays and musicals such Monty Python's Spamalot, Bells Are Ringing, and Oh! What a Lovely War, as well as the role of Linda Low in a 2003 touring production of Flower Drum Song.  (She's also done a couple of movies, including Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine.)

She even played a snake charmer in the 1997 Broadway musical Side Show, which, alas, not too many people were in a hurry to step right on into.  Too bad . . . they missed one gorgeous snake charmer. :-) 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Stage actress Allison Guinn

Allison Guinn is one of the emerging "funny ladies" of the latest generation of Broadway performers.

She got rave notices for her work in the role of the hapless Lucy Schmeeler in the 2014-15 Broadway revival of On the Town, and she's also performed in several productions of the 1960s counterculture musical Hair.

Born and raised in eastern Tennessee, Ms. Guinn has created a show based on the Appalachian folk music of her upbringing as a tribute to her grandmother, titled The Legacy of Daisy Dean.  It's been described as "an Appalachian Cinderella story, minus the shoes."

Friday, May 12, 2017

Actress Alexandra Essoe

Alexandra Essoe had only two movies to her credit in her short career when, in 2014, her third film caused a big sensation.

In the horror film Starry Eyes, she plays Sarah, an aspiring Hollywood starlet with a hair-pulling disorder who will do anything to make it.  Her pursuit leads to some ominous and deadly turns and twists of fate. 

Ms. Essoe, who was born and raised in Saudi Arabia before emigrating to Canada, received good notices from critics specializing in the horror-movie genre for her work in this film, which was partially funded through Kickstarter.

Having established herself in horror indies, she seems poised to make it big in mainstream cinema.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Musical actress Janet Dacal

Janet Dacal is an actress who has been active on Broadway and Off Broadway stages since the mid- two-thousand-zeroes.

Originally from Los Angeles, Ms. Dacal debuted on Broadway in the original cast of the Beach Boys musical Good Vibrations, and she later played Alice in Wonderland, the Broadway musical based on the works of Lewis Carroll.

Her Off Broadway credits include Byzantium and the role of Carla in a  2007 production of Lin-Manuel Miranda's In the Heights, which earned here a Drama Desk Award.  She would reprise this role when the musical made the transition to Broadway a year later.

Ms. Dacal, a daughter of Cuban immigrants, says she'd wanted to be performer since before she can remember. "My mom says that when I was four, I would grab a brush and pretend to sing songs into a microphone, " she once admitted.  "I was the little girl of the family, and they loved to see me dance around and make people laugh."

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Model/actress Barbara Carrera

When you look back at the seventies and remember all of the glamorous actresses who dominated the movie and TV screens in that decade, Barbara Carrera is likely to leap to mind.

Born in Nicaragua to an American father and a Nicaraguan mother, Barbara Carrera eventually moved to the United States and became a model in the early sixties.  Eventually she tried her hand at acting and got a big boost for her thespian career with a role in the 1975 Western The Master Gunfighter, which got her a Golden Globe nomination for the new star of the year (actress category). 

However, it was a TV miniseries - "Centennial," from 1978-79 television season, based on the James Michener novel of the same name - that made Ms. Carrera a star.  She played Clay Basket, an Indian maiden who falls in love with a Scottish trapper in the Great Plains region.  She went on to play Angelica Nero in the CBS series "Dallas." 

Her best-known movie role may very well be SPECTRE assassin Fatima Blush in the 1983 James Bond movie Never Say Never Again (the first and only James Bond movie to star Sean Connery as Bond since 1971).

Ms. Carrera hasn't worked as an actress since 2004, but she is by no means inactive.  She is a painter, and she has done many portraits of Hollywood legends.  You can go to her Web site at this link.

Fun fact:  Her original surname was Kingsbury; Carrera is her mother's maiden name. 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

British model and designer Susie Bick

Susie Bick has had an interesting life, and not just as a model.

The Cheshire-born Ms. Bick lived in Africa as a child, as her father was a diplomat in the British government.  Discovered by photographer Steven Meisel, she went on to work with esteemed fashion photographers such as  David Bailey, Dominique Issermann,  Helmut Newton and Sarah Moon.

She married British alt-rocker Nick Cave and retired from modeling, eventually launching her own clothing line.   Called, "The Vampire's Wife," Ms. Bick's clothing line is named for a never-finished  book project her husband had worked on, and it has little if any Gothic influence despite its name.

She's also dabbled a bit in the movies, playing - what else? - models in small films such as Sex & Chocolate (a TV movie) and Flirt, as well as an uncredited appearance as herself in Robert Altman's 1994 fashion comedy Prêt-à-Porter.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Beauty of Retrospect, April Model Edition: Julie Wolfe

Having featured Julie Wolfe once before in May 2015, I now close my month of looks back on previously featured models with this soft, delicate picture of Ms. Wolfe from,. I believe, the early 1980s.

And yes, the resemblance between her and Esmé Marshall is still striking after all these years. I did such a double take with this picture, I had to check a second time to make sure I had the right woman.

But it only goes to show you how blessed the modeling profession was in the eighties to have not just one, but two perfectly beautiful short-haired brunettes. :-)  

That's it for April retrospectives.  Another A-Z round of new subjects starts soon.

Friday, April 28, 2017

The Beauty of Retrospect, April Model Edition: Renata Vackova

Renata Vackova was a model I had a crush on before I knew her name (there were other models I only knew by sight that I had crushes on as well!).  It was her appearance in a black-and-white skin-care ad that first brought her to my attention, and I'm always happy to feature her here again.

She even looks good in red, not one of my favorite colors.

But then, Reanta Vackova, whom I last featured here in December 2013, always looks stylish, even in black-and-white pictures like the one below, from a Bonwit Teller ad.

Bonwit Teller's gone, but Renata Vackova is still around. :-)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Beauty of Retrospect, April Model Edition: Tara Shannon


It's only been less than a year - June 2016, to be exact - since I featured Tara Shannon for the first time, but when I found this picture of her posing for Escada, it was impossible to resist including her here again so soon. :-)

She is the woman of a thousand faces - all beautiful - and a woman of a lot of great poses as well. ;-D

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.