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.  

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, (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.