Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Veruschka

A true lioness, purring seductively for the camera, Countess Vera Gottliebe Anna von Lehndorff (aka Veruschka) marked her territory as one of the great iconic it-girls. Her astounding background includes, quite notably, her father, a Prussian Count — who after being found to have been involved in a plot to assassinate Hitler — was hanged when Vera was three. Her extraordinarily adventurous life (more here) was colored by stints working with Salvador Dali, Peter Beard in Africa and a brief, but unforgettable, appearance in Michaelangelo Antonioni's Blowup. Journalist Naomi West, writing for The Telegraph in 2003, exclaimed that: 

"Veruschka was no ordinary 60's model; a German Countess, she could be anything from Greta Garbo to a leopard in a tree."


Franco Rubartelli (her lover for a while)

Photograph by Richard Avedon

Franco Rubartelli

Franco Rubartelli

Yves Saint Laurent Campaign by Franco Rubartelli

Franco Rubartelli

Franco Rubartelli

Franco Rubartelli

 Images from here and here

1 comment:

  1. Now that is a supermodel. She was beyond exquisite.

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