Inspired: Jean Shrimpton

By November 12, 2012 2 Comments

Inspired: Jean Shrimpton

As a child of London’s Swinging 60s, model Jean Shrimpton personified the look of the decade. Considered by some to be the world’s first supermodel, Jean’s iconic face was more celebrated than any other during the height of her career. With covers of Vogue and Harper’s and editorials in every major magazine, Jean Shrimpton became a household name, perhaps the first of the celebrity models in her day. Her looks are undeniable: bobbed chestnut hair and large, blue doe-eyes with a mouth that forms into the most perfect cupid’s bow. Photographer and lover David Bailey is credited with discovering Jean; the two had a very sympatico teacher/ muse relationship which helped boost both of their careers.

While Jean’s aesthetic never changed drastically, it’s her classic feminine look that gave her success and still inspires today. She had an air of sophistication, or as the Brits dub it – poshness, that made her someone you aspire to be – this is not the girl next door. And what I’d do for those full, perfectly arched eyebrows!

Here are some of my favorite Shrimpton shots:


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