Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Jean Shrimpton (born 7 November 1942 in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire) is an English Supermodel and actress. Nicknamed 'The Shrimp', she was an icon of Swinging Sixties London, possessing some of the gamine features that also made a huge success of the younger Twiggy. Shrimpton graduated from Lucie Clayton's modelling school at the age of 17 in 1960. Her nickname: "the Shrimp," a name she disliked ...in '65 Jean was paid the then-extravagant sum of $60 an hour In a '67 Vogue magazine article called "The Changing Face of the Fashion Model," legendary photographer Cecil Beaton wrote: the "most coveted" [model of the mid-'60s ] was Jean Shrimpton who, with her Pekinese features, could well have been tied up in ribbons, placed on a swing and told to sing 'Swing High, Swing Low' from Veronique. Miss Shrimpton's appeal is not so much in her baby-boy eyes, cleft underlip and cozy round cheeks but in the length of her extremities, and the underwater manner in which she wields them. But it was bright-eyed Bailey who realized that by wearing Levis and jackboots, and clothes that militate against her sweet-briar appearance, 'the Shrimp' can belong to the contemporary scene."Colleagues say that she was always on time, never had to be reminded of anything, never showed any temper or threw tantrums, seemed immune to fatigue, and was impulsively generous throughout her career.