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The Picture of Dorian Leigh

Jul 10 2008 - 10:51pm

>> If a five foot, five inch woman tried to be a model these days, she'd hardly be taken seriously. Sixty-odd years ago, it was a different story . . . at least for Dorian Leigh, it was.

Ms. Leigh, who passed away [1] earlier this week at 91 after battling Alzheimer's, was widely considered one of the world's first supermodels. In fact, her life was full of firsts: she was [2] one of the first models to be known by name, and after her own modeling career, she opened what is called [3] the first modeling agency in Paris.

Though Dorian started her career late — when she was [4] 27 in 1944, she met with Diana Vreeland, told her she was 19, and landed a Harper's Bazaar cover right then and there — she appeared [5] on seven Vogue covers in the 1940s, and claimed [6] to be earning a whopping $300,000 a year.

She played muse to numerous bold name photographers: Cecil [7] Beaton, Richard Avedon, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Irving Penn — the last of whom she had [8] an affair with, and may have been [9] the inspiration for Holly Golightly in Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's. But she didn't take her job too seriously, declaring [10] in 1953: "I'd rather have a baby than a mink coat."
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Dorian Leigh, Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, 1951.

Dorian Leigh, Jardin des Tuileries,
Paris, 1951.

Dorian Leigh, for Elle collections Haute Couture, photograph by George Dambier, 1955.

Dorian Leigh, for Elle collections Haute Couture, photograph by George Dambier, 1955.

"The Well Dressed Leg," Dorian Leigh, New York, 1948.

"The Well Dressed Leg," Dorian Leigh,
New York, 1948.

Dorian Leigh, posing for her sister and fellow model Suzy Parker, 1953.

Dorian Leigh, posing for her sister and fellow model Suzy Parker, 1953.

Dorian Leigh, dress by Piguet, photograph by Richard Avedon, Helena Rubenstein's apartment, Paris, 1949.

Dorian Leigh, dress by Piguet, photograph by Richard Avedon, Helena Rubenstein's apartment,
Paris, 1949.

Dorian Leigh, Schiaparelli rhinestones, photograph by Richard Avedon, Paris, 1949.

Dorian Leigh, Schiaparelli rhinestones, photograph by Richard Avedon,
Paris, 1949.

Dorian Leigh, as she appeared on the cover of Vogue, 1946.

Dorian Leigh, as she appeared on the cover of Vogue, 1946.

Dorian Leigh, for Elle collections Haute Couture, photograph by George Dambier, 1955.

Dorian Leigh, for Elle collections Haute Couture, photograph by George Dambier, 1955.

Dorian Leigh with Maurice Tillet, photograph by Irving Penn, 1946.

Dorian Leigh with Maurice Tillet, photograph by Irving Penn, 1946.

Dorian Leigh, Paulette hat, Harper's Bazaar UK, 1949.

Dorian Leigh, Paulette hat, Harper's Bazaar UK, 1949.

Dorian Leigh, Trigere coat, 1950.

Dorian Leigh, Trigere coat, 1950.

Dorian Leigh, Dior coat, photograph by Richard Avedon, Paris, 1949.

Dorian Leigh, Dior coat, photograph by Richard Avedon, Paris, 1949.

Dorian Leigh, Jane Derby dress, 1950.

Dorian Leigh, Jane Derby dress, 1950.

Dorian Leigh, John Frederiks hat, 1940.

Dorian Leigh, John Frederiks hat, 1940.


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