It is a bit of a misconception that supermodels were invented in the late 70’s/early 80’s. While they were not as famous as their later counterparts, they were just as radiant in front of the camera. One of the most famous of the 50’s models is Dovima.
After being discovered walking the street of New York. Dovima featured on the cover of Vogue and every other magazine at the time. Like any top models she worked with all the major photographers, She had a particularly close relationship with Richard Avedon. Thanks to Avedon’s shots; Dovima became the ultimate 50’s haute couture model, posing in Christian Dior. She also played an air headed model in Funny Face in 1957.
Part of her appeal was not just her beauty, but her poise and almost aristocratic features. When you see the types of models that have come and subsequently gone, few can match Dovima’s grace and elegance.