Beautiful women didn’t just appear out of no where in the 21st century. In fact, the word “model” was arguably first coined by John Robert Powers in the 1920s, who first profited from using models to appear in paintings for artists. In the 1940s, along came Eileen and Jerry Ford founded out of New York. Then came Elite in the 1970s from Paris. The same founding agencies are still powerhouses today. So you may be wondering what earlier models looked like. Well, this is just my personal opinion, but they are surprisingly similar to the models today, except with a little more class. Keep in mind that the branding of models were different back then. In the 1920s to40s, models did not have a lot of earning power like they do today.
Here are 3 of my favorites:
Jinx Falkenburg – all class, a model and later TV star who got her nickname from her mother, thinking it will bring them “good luck”
Often confused with her sister Anita, Francine Counihan was a brief moment in the modeling industry. Later appearing in films and then leaving quietly to tend to family life, she’s the definition of timeless beauty:
Over the last year I have tried to adapt to San Diego’s distinct style and demographics. The guys here are lot more socially calibrated than San Francisco (the straight ones, at least). So what’s a guy to do if he’s not super muscular or fits the “hot douchebag / athlete” archetype?
First, if you are the muscular type, by all means, show it off. I see a lot of guys in tank tops on the beach
Just also muscle dudes with interesting colored shorts:
3 quick insights after today’s fashion show before I goto sleep / work on my next project.
1. You can tell a lot by the way a girl walks, at least at the local modeling level. Her skill level, her poise. Does she think she’s hot? Is she nervous? Is she stiff and letting the pressure get to her? Can she own a room and appreciate its beauty? Can she appreciate her own beauty, or does she just take it for granted? All of this is in her body language.
2. Don’t judge someone by their “cover”, but rather, their actions and their trajectory of growth. My dad talked to me about an important concept of “metamorphisis” before he went back to Taiwan. He discussed the idea of constantly changing and evolving.
3. I feel a bit socially isolated but the truth is, I can’t wait to be back home and working on my project. There will be time for advancement on our social circle and girls later. We will come full circle.
Part of my current reading includes the biography of people I admire or would like to learn more about. Among them is Bruce Hulse, one of the most successful and foremost male supermodels of our time. His book, Sex, Love, And Fashion definitely opened my eyes to the possibilities and pitfalls of the fashion industry.
A few pages captured my memories and I will share them with you here.
On Doc X, his best friend and mentor:
He and I used to laugh at the stressed-out businessmen arriving with their families on the weekends, thanking God we weren’t one of them. We never wanted anything to do with that lifestyle.
Advice on working female models and getting repeat work: Read more