The Spirit of a New Age, Vogue (October 1981)

Growing up in Europe, I was always hearing her name, Nastassja Kinski. And it was the most beautiful name on the most beautiful woman. She was one of the biggest stars in Europe throughout the ’80s, first coming to prominence for being a daughter of German actor Klaus Kinski (who turned out to be a fairly gross person) and, well, for dating Roman Polanski (also gross) while she was still a teenager. Nastassja certainly didn’t lack in the talent department, but I’ll always think of her as the devastatingly beautiful blonde in Paris, Texas. And the infamous snake photo below by Richard Avedon.

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Model Wars and the Birth of the Supermodel

I already know I’m going to be living for the Cindy Crawford-produced model drama when it debuts on NBC sometime in 2016. The show will focus on the infamous “model wars” between three top New York modelling agencies that began in 1977 and lasted well into the ’80s. Before John Casablancas established Elite’s New York office in 1977, the two ruling agencies in the country were Ford and Wilhelmina (who was a former Ford model) and, even though Eileen Ford thought of Wilhelmina as a traitor, they tried not to step on each other’s feet. Casablancas, fresh from Paris and a member of the European jetset elite, was young more open-minded to the decadent ways of the late ’70s disco era. He made Eileen Ford look like a nun.

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