Thursday, 9 December 2010
yesterday's muse #23 - jean shrimpton
Jean Shrimpton was born in Buckinghamshire, England on November 7, 1942. she graduated from modelling school at the age of 17, and began modelling in 1960. an icon of swinging 60s London, Jean appeared on numerous covers including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Newsweek and Time. she was known as "the face of the 60s" and is often credited with helping to launch the mini-skirt (not quite nobel prize worthy, but a feat nonetheless :)
Shrimpton met photographer David Bailey at a photoshoot in 1960, and the two had a four year love affair. Jean became Bailey's muse and the couple's relationship resulted in photos that would become the building blocks of both their future careers. Shrimpton also had a celebrated romance with actor Terrance Stamp, but would eventually marry photographer Michael Cox in 1979, while four months pregnant with her son Thadeus. the couple now own and run the Abbey Hotel in Cornwall.