Jean Rosemary Shrimpton (born 7 November 1942) is an English model
and actress. She was an icon of
Swinging London and is considered to
be one of the world's first supermodels. She appeared on
numerous magazine covers including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar,
Vanity Fair, Glamour, Elle, Ladies' Home Journal, Newsweek, and
Time. In 2009, Shrimpton was named by
Harper's Bazaar as one of
the 26 best models of all time and in 2012, by Time as one of the
100 most influential fashion icons of all time. She starred
alongside Paul Jones in the 1967 film Privilege.
1 Early life
3 Personal life
6 External links
Born in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, and brought up on a farm,
Shrimpton was educated at St Bernard's Convent School, Slough. She
enrolled at Langham Secretarial College in London when she was 17. A
chance meeting with director
Cy Endfield led to an unsuccessful
meeting with the producer of his film Mysterious Island; Endfield then
suggested she attend the Lucie Clayton Charm Academy's model
course. In 1960, aged 17, she began modelling, appearing on the
covers of popular magazines such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and Vanity
Shrimpton's career rose to prominence through her work with
photographer David Bailey. They met in 1960 at a photo shoot that
Shrimpton, who was then an unknown model, was working on with
photographer Brian Duffy for a
Kellogg's corn flakes
advertisement. Duffy told Bailey she was too posh for him, but
Bailey was undeterred.
Shrimpton's first photo session with Bailey was in 1960 (either for
Condé Nast's Brides on 7 December 1960 or for British
Vogue). She started to become known in the modelling world around
the time she was working with Bailey. Shrimpton has stated she
owed Bailey her career, and he is often credited for
discovering her and being influential in her
career. In turn, she was Bailey's muse, and his
photographs of her helped him rise to prominence in his early
During her career, Shrimpton was widely reported to be the "world's
highest paid model", the "most famous
model" and the "most photographed in the world".
She was also described as having the "world's most beautiful face" and
as "the most beautiful girl in the world". She was
dubbed "The It Girl", "The Face", "The Face of the Moment",
and "The Face of the '60s". Glamour named her "Model of The
Year" in June 1963. She contrasted with the aristocratic-looking
models of the 1950s by representing the coltish, gamine look of the
youthquake movement in 1960s Swinging London, and she was reported
as "the symbol of Swinging London". Breaking the popular mould of
voluptuous figures with her long legs and slim figure, she was
nicknamed "The Shrimp". Shrimpton was also known for her long hair
with a fringe, wide doe-eyes, long wispy
eyelashes, arched brows, and pouty lips.
Shrimpton also helped launch the miniskirt. In 1965, she
made a two-week promotional visit to Australia, sponsored by the
Victoria Racing Club, and a local synthetic fibre company who brought
her out to promote a range of new dresses made of Orlon. She was paid
a fee of £2000, which was an enormous sum at the time. She caused
a sensation in Melbourne, when she arrived for the Victoria Derby
wearing a white shift dress made by Colin Rolfe which ended 5 in
(13 cm) above her knees. She wore no hat, stockings or gloves,
and sported a man's watch, which was unusual at the time. Shrimpton
was unaware she would cause such reaction in the
In her article "The Man in the Bill Blass Suit",
Nora Ephron tells of
the time when
Jean Shrimpton posed for a
Revlon advertisement in an
Chantilly lace dress by Blass. Minutes after the
lipstick placard was displayed at the drugstores, the Revlon
switchboard received many calls from women demanding to know where
they could buy the dress.
Shrimpton is namechecked (as "Jeannie Shrimpton") in the 1986
Smithereens song "Behind the Wall of Sleep".
Shrimpton and Bailey began dating soon after they began working
together and subsequently had a relationship for four years, ending in
1964. Bailey was still married to his first wife Rosemary
Bramble when the affair began, but left her after nine months and
later divorced her to be with Shrimpton.
Shrimpton's other most celebrated romance was with actor Terence
Stamp. In 1979, she married photographer Michael Cox at the
register office in Penzance,
Cornwall when she was four months
pregnant with their son Thaddeus, who was born that same year.
They own the Abbey Hotel in Penzance, now managed by Thaddeus
and his family. Her younger sister Chrissie is also an actress,
linked to both
Mick Jagger and
Steve Marriott of the Small Faces.
On 26 January 2012 the story of Shrimpton's relationship with David
Bailey was dramatised in a
BBC Four film, We'll Take Manhattan, with
Karen Gillan playing the part of Shrimpton.
Shrimpton, Jean (1964–1965). My Own Story: The Truth About
Modelling. Bantam Books. OL 13345124W.
Shrimpton, Jean; Hall, Unity (1990). Jean Shrimpton: My Autobiography.
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^ "Vogue Magazine May 1963". Vogue (UK). Archived from the original on
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^ a b
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^ Louth, Sean.Initially Bailey...[permanent dead link] British Journal
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^ Menkes, Suzy (28 February 2005). "A striking combo:broadtail and
fringe". New York Times.
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^ a b Glossary: Season 1 The Advocate p. 38. 20 November 2001.
^ Cloud, Barbara (18 January 1989). "Pout power Fashionable lips are
getting fuller now, just like Ms. Hershey's kisses". Chicago
^ Style icon:
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^ Ephron article reprinted in Wallflower at the Orgy by Nora Ephron,
^ "Especially for You (1986)". Retrieved 27 January 2012.
^ Jones, Jerene (14 June 1982). "Once the Face of the '60s, Jean
Shrimpton Is Now the Model of An English Innkeeper". People. 17
^ Smyth, Mitchell (29 September 1985). "The Shrimp's running a hotel".
^ "The Abbey Hotel FAQ". Archived from the original on 2 September
2011. Retrieved 5 August 2011.
^ "We'll Take Manhattan". BBC News. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
^ Carpenter, Julie (2 August 2011). "Return of the Shrimp". Daily
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