Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Fashion: Lets Bring Back | Suzy Parker
The fourth ICON OF STYLE in the Huffpost's 'lets bring back series' is the first supermodel Suzy Parker. In the 1950s, Parker became the first fashion model to earn a then-staggering $100,000 per year; she and her sister Dorian Leigh are considered by many to be the world's first supermodels, along with Lisa Fonssagrives. Contemporary audiences will immediately notice how comparatively mature Parker appears compared to today's supermodels. Aesthetics were very different in Parker's day: women strived to look sophisticated, rather than half their age. It would be lovely if today's youth-obsessed culture would take a few notes from this era. She is said to have inspired the beatnik-turned-reluctant-model character played by Audrey Hepburn in legendary fashion film Funny Face (1957), designer Christian Dior called Parker "the most beautiful woman in the world" and Eileen Ford, doyenne of modeling agents, once said of her: ''She was everybody's everything.''