The 1950s Models We Aspire To Be Like!


Pose, camera, and action! The 1950s was a great decade for the fashion industry and models. Trends and their setters are also known today. With some of the tips from the 50s still being followed, have you ever wondered how life was as a 1950s model? Perhaps, you have seen pictures of shoots from that era and you wish to see them coloured. Remembering those times, we have collected some of the models from the 50s that we wish we were like!

Carmen Dell’Orefice

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Known as the world’s oldest working supermodel, Carmen stands tall at 89 years old. She first appeared on the cover of Vogue magazine when she was just 15! For her contribution to the fashion industry, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of the Arts London on 11 July 2011.

Mary Jane Russell

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Russell’s beauty gave her the title- ‘American photographic fashion model’. Active in the fashion industry from 1948 to 1964, she was signed with Ford Models for that time being. Her long neck and facial expression were what made her catch the attention of various photographers and fashion editors. Prior to her death, she worked for the environment and participated in local zoning practices.

Nena Von Schlebrugge

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Take a closer look at her picture and tell us, who does she look like? Uma Thurman is her daughter! This Mexican-born Swedish-American model is now the Executive Chairwoman of Menla Mountain Retreat and Managing Director of Tibet House US. She was discovered at the age of 14 and moved to London to pursue fashion seriously. 

Suzy Parker

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Parker’s career peaked in the 1950s when she was the first model to earn $100,000 per year ($952,000 today). Even The Beatles wrote a song for her! Her sister, Dorian was the one who got her into this industry. Both the sisters were signed to the Ford Modelling industry. Her greater known works are with the Coco Chanel brand and Revlon. 

Jean Patchett

A young American goddess in Paris couture, as described by Irving Penn, Patchett appeared on over 40 magazine covers. In 1948, she signed to Ford Modelling Agency and she became well-known in this industry almost immediately. She retired in 1963 and lived with her husband and two children till death.

This was a bold list, filled with confidence and beauty! These women still looked glamorous towards their end. Which model left a deep impression on you?

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