This week, Belarussian blonde Tanya Dziahileva moved agencies to Marilyn in Paris and her new show card reads “Dyagileva.” Not such a change (and still as difficult for us native English speakers to say) but it got us thinking: so many models come from far-off places where surnames have many consonants… while other models just had plain Jane names that needed some punching up. Here’s a list of ladies who changed their names. More
Dovima was considered one of the great aristocratic beauties of her generation. She’s probably best remembered for this Richard Avedon pictures “Dovima with Elephants” (1955). She also had a weird hobby! Guess what it was… More
Dovima in 1955 by Richard Avedon for Harper’s Bazaar, December 1955.
Dovima With Peals, Richard Avedon.
I really like this picture, but it also makes me a bit sad. Dovima is my favorite model – mostly because she loved comic books, science fiction and was generally kind of a nerdy oddball. She was one of those people who seemingly had a glorious youth only to have an obscure end (she ended up working as a restaurant hostess). Of course, she might have been quite happy doing that. But still. Surely it must have been a bit difficult to go from capering in a ballgown among the elephants to telling people it was going to be a twenty minute wait. In this picture you can see the moles and crows feet and it’s clear that she’s no longer at the height of her beauty – but the expression on her face is still so priceless that you can see why Avedon would always consider her the greatest aristocratic beauty of her day.
Fashion week makes me think a lot about models. More
Audrey Hepburn and Dovima, the set of Funny Face, 1957
Dovima by Richard Avedon, New York, 1954
Dovima for Dior, 1960′s.
Okay, I’m not sure we can objectively say that they’re “the best” but these models are definitely favorites here at TheGloss. We’re sure we’ve missed some, so feel free to let us know who you’d include in the comments.
Dovima by Horst P. Horst, 1960′s. (Little known fact about Dovima: she was an avid comic book collector and lugged an enormous suitcase of them through a shoot with Avedon in Egypt. She also parodied herself in Funny Face. Dovima … More
Dovima by Richard Avedon