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Obit of the Day: “The Most Photographed Woman in France”

Simone Micheline Bodin arrived in Paris in 1944, after its liberation by the Allies. Sketchbook in hand she hoped to find a place in one of the cities premiere fashion houses and become a designer. When she met Jacques Costet he recommended that instead of designing the clothes, she model them. Ms. Bodin agreed and within a decade would become one of the world’s first supermodels.

With flamind red hair and freckles, Ms. Bodin had a distinct look, one that was described as “American.” So the 19-year-old had little trouble finding work. Not long after working with Mr. Costet, she took a job with legendary designer Jacques Fath. It was Mr. Fath who not only made her famous but gave her a persona. Deciding that it was confusing having two Simones in the Parisian modeling industry he renamed her “Bettina” telling her “you look like a Bettina.”

Eventually she was known by photographers, designers, editors, and magazine readers simply as Bettina. She would work for the greatest labels in France including Dior, Givenchy, and Coco Chanel. In 1950 she signed a contract with the Ford Modeling Agency in the U.S. At one time she was dubbed “the most photographed woman in France.”

She retired from modeling in 1955 when she was earning $1,330 an hour ($11,600 in 2015 dollars) at the request of her second husband Aly Khan. (She had married French photographer, Gilbert “Benno” Graziani, whose last name she kept for the rest of her life.) Mr. Khan was killed in 1960 in an car accident that also led to a miscarriage for Mrs. Graziani. 

Remaining connected with the ffashion world for the rest of her life, working as a publicist for various labels including Valentino and Emanuel Ungaro. She would model one final time in 1967 for a Chanel couture show.

Bettina Graziani, who was awarded the Order of Arts and Letters by the French goverment in 2010, died on March 2, 2015 at the age of 89.

Sources: Washington Post, New York Times, Women’s Wear Daily

(Images: top, Bettina Graziani wearing headscarf by Givenchy, photographed by Nat Farbman, 1952, courtesy of redlist.com; bottom left, undated photo of Bettina Graziani, courtesy of famousfix.com; bottom right, Bettina Graziani, 1955, in Givenchy, courtesy of agnautacouture.com)

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Lillian Bassman - Photographer for Harper’s Bazaar

Barbara Cheeseborough - Essence's first cover model

industryicon asked:

im surprised gigi is walking in a lot of shows. i get that a lot of people dont like kendall but at least she has the body of a model. gigi is very sports illustrated i dont want to be a hater but i dont know how she fits the same clothes as other models... shes much bigger than most models in my opinion?

yes. she is super voluptuous …. model industry is like falling apart firts celebrities on vogue cover, now socialites in runway…wtf is happening

Kendall is the poster girl for mediocrity and how far money/name recognition with get you in the modeling/fashion industry lmao

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Jonathan Ross: I’m not trying to let her off the hook here, but do you think she didn’t know—she thought maybe there was a different way of doing makeup for somebody colored?
Jourdan Dunn: But here’s my thing, if you’re a makeup artist, you should be able to do any type of makeup. If you’re a hair stylist you should be able to do any type of hair.
Jonathan Ross: Absolutely. Yeah. You are going to encounter all kinds of different people and you need to be able to do the job.

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11 stunning models who challenged society’s beauty standards in 2014

The fashion industry is notoriously homogenous — at New York Fashion Week in February, more than three-quarters of the models were white. But fashion’s diversity problem extends beyond just race. The runways focus on one strict standard of beauty, marginalizing models left and right because of unique characteristics.

But each year, more models break through to represent those who fall outside fashion’s provincial standards of beauty. 

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Behind the Magic - Pacific Rim

The people at Industrial Light and Magic are truly the masters of their trade. The amount of time put into bringing Pacific Rim to life is evident from the level of detail in every shot. Everything from the fluid dynamics to the physics in general, the renderings, and the layers is just…magic! And those models! Look at the layers of detail on Otachi! They even animated the muscles. This film truly reflects the hard work and consideration put into it from the Wizards at ILM. This company truly deserves more recognition than it is receiving.

Oh, and could you tell me again how visual effects isn’t an art form?

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The Color of Beauty

According to a 2008 survey, the models in the New York Fashion Week were: 6% Black, 6% Asian, 1% Latina, 87% White.


The Colour of Beauty is a shocking short documentary that examines blatant racism in the fashion industry. Apparently, from the industry’s perspective, the black girls who are featured need to look exactly like white girls only that they are painted black.

Who’s Renee Thompson?

Renee Thompson is a 24 year old model trying to make it as a top fashion model in New York. She’s got the looks, the walk and the drive. She has been modeling for 10 years around the world and has experienced some degree of success but her dream is to hit the NY Fashion Week runway and become the next big thing. A dream that seems almost impossible at times as door after door gets slammed in her face, all because she’s black

Renee feels that she is constantly under scrutiny over something she can do nothing about. What’s even worse is the fact that clients expect the black models to be literally flawless– a higher standard than what is set for white models.(x)

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The Color of Beauty

According to a 2008 survey, the models in the New York Fashion Week were: 6% Black, 6% Asian, 1% Latina, 87% White.


The Colour of Beauty is a shocking short documentary that examines blatant racism in the fashion industry. Apparently, from the industry’s perspective, the black girls who are featured need to look exactly like white girls only that they are painted black.

Who’s Renee Thompson?

Renee Thompson is a 24 year old model trying to make it as a top fashion model in New York. She’s got the looks, the walk and the drive. She has been modeling for 10 years around the world and has experienced some degree of success but her dream is to hit the NY Fashion Week runway and become the next big thing. A dream that seems almost impossible at times as door after door gets slammed in her face, all because she’s black

Renee feels that she is constantly under scrutiny over something she can do nothing about. What’s even worse is the fact that clients expect the black models to be literally flawless– a higher standard than what is set for white models.(x)

You know what really irks me about Kendall? Is the fact she’s being referred to as having a ‘meteoritic rise’ as a model, yet she’s only walked a few shows (3 this season?), landed 1 cover, and if any other model (especially a woc) had walked that number of shows she wouldn’t even be relevant, nor would she be celebrated by fashion publications daily.