Written by  on May 5, 2013 


The legendary Jean Shrimpton, famously known as “The Shrimp” was an English model and actress who was an icon of London and the “swinging sixties”.She is considered to be one of the world’s first supermodels, appearing on the covers of Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Elle, Ladies Home Journal, Newsweek and Time magazines, amongst many others; in June 1963, “Glamour” magazine named her “model of the year” and subesquently she enjoyed such acccolades as : “the world’s highest paid model”, “the most photographed in the world” the “It Girl” “the face of the moment” “the face of the sixties” and was also described as having “the world’s most beautiful face”.She broke the mold of previous aristocratic, curvaceous models with her coltish, gamine look, stunning long (big) hair with  fringe,  wide doe-eyes, long wispy eyelashes, arched eyebrows, and pouty lips.In short, she  perfectly represented the “youthquake” movement of the 1960’s and the camera loved every part of her! Here she is snapped by the equally legendary David Bailey in a spread for “Vogue” magazine, based on that other iconic figure of 1960’s female emancipation – Mrs. Emma Peel (Diana Rigg) of television’s “The Avengers”.The newly-filmed series of “The Avengers” featuring Mrs. Emma Peel’s  British debut premiered at the end of September 1965, so this shoot was designed as the perfect tie-in to promote both the t.v. series and the new “Avengers Jean Varon Collection” designed by John Bates and worn here by Jean; she is aided (attacked!) in her endeavours by real-life Avengers stuntman, Ray Austin.The “Avengers” collection sold in high-street stores to great success; enjoy this iconic and fabulous moment in fashion history!





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