Beauty Icons of the Century: A painfully beauteous photoblog

Beauty Icons of the Century: A painfully beauteous photoblog


Style.com
has this amazing feature called Beauty Icons, a monthly look at the faces that have made history. the most stylish, inspiring and unforgettable beauties of our time. that page is probably my most frequented part of the whole site. the chosen women are undoubtedly icons, and are in no way conventional. many have had a palpable effect on how we now perceive beauty and personal style. here are my absolute favorite photos of the entire series. click on the photos for their stories.


Amelia Earhardt
Amelia Earhardt

“Indeed, her slight frame and boyish crop of tousled hair led to comparisons with Charles Lindbergh—her generation’s other great pilot. But behind those goggles “Lady Lindy” was a true beauty, with silver-dollar eyes, a slender neck, and freckles scattered across a button nose.”
Bjork
Björk

“Björk’s striking appearance is as singular as her sound. While her East-Asian features and face-framing jet-black hair led to taunts of “China Girl” as a child, her atypical looks are now part of her impish appeal—as is her eccentric taste in clothes. She’s famous for collaborating with fashion rule-breakers like Alexander McQueen and Jeremy Scott, and we seem to remember an incident involving the Oscars and a swan. Like we said, things haven’t been half as fun without her.”
Charlotte Casiraghi
Charlotte Casiraghi

“‘She makes me think of Brigitte Bardot,’ Karl Lagerfeld is reported to have said of Charlotte Casiraghi, the only daughter of his close friend, Princess Caroline of Monaco—and that was when Casiraghi was just eight.”
Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave

“There is a quality about Vanessa that makes me feel as if she resides in a netherworld of mystery that eludes the rest of us mortals.” -Jane Fonda
Maria Felix
Maria Felix

“She is reported to have stalked into the Paris boutique with a baby crocodile in tow and asked the stunned jewelers to replicate the reptile in gems, stipulating, no less, that the piece be done to scale… King Farouk allegedly promised her Nefertiti’s crown for one night together.”
iekeliene strange
Iekeliene Stange

“With cheekbones that could slice a seamless backdrop, a sharp exclamation point of a nose, and a strong cleft chin, there’s no ignoring Dutch newcomer Iekeliene Stange… Removing her Lucite-heeled shoes mid-catwalk at Marc didn’t hurt her recognition factor, but Stange is as striking off-runway as she is on. She regularly arrives at castings in frilly vintage frocks, lens-less glasses, and ropes of beads that pay homage to her personal style icon, Snow White.”
Louise BrooksLouis Brooks
Louise Brooks

“‘There is no Garbo, there is no Dietrich, there is only Louise Brooks,’ Henri Langlois once said.”
Sophia Copolla
Sophia Coppola

“‘She is young and sweet and beautiful,’ Marc Jacobs has said. ‘The epitome of this girl I fantasize of.’”
Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe

“Marilyn… was featured on the cover of Hugh Hefner’s very first issue of Playboy (The magazine potentate has since secured the crypt next to hers).”
Jean Seberg
Jean Seberg
Jean Seberg

“Kirsten Dunst has said she’d like to star in a Seberg biopic, but perhaps casting agents should consider aspiring actress and model Mariacarla Boscono, who sparked a runway trend of her own with her peroxide-blonde pixie cut at the Fall collections.”
Chloe Sevigny
Chloë Sevigny

“‘I’m just this girl from Connecticut, very plain looking,’ indie darling and Oscar nominee Chloë Sevigny has demurred. Many would beg to differ, including those who put together Vogue’s Best-Dressed List: The oval-faced actress with the endless legs has earned a spot two years running.”
anna piaggi
Anna Piaggi

“Her fans range from Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana to Another Magazine’s Jefferson Hack to her pal Manolo Blahnik, who calls her ‘modern beyond belief.’”
Marella Agnelli
Marella Agnelli

“In 1953, Richard Avedon shot and hand-altered a famous portrait of the half-American, half-Neopolitan princess to emphasize the extraordinary length of what renowned fashion illustrator Joe Eula called ‘the most gorgeous neck in the world.’”
Grace Jones
Grace Jones

“Her unique persona—overtly sexual yet deliberately androgynous—inspired both Andy Warhol, who painted her portrait, and Keith Haring, who painted her body for a 1985 performance at Paradise Garage.”
Lee Miller
Lee Miller

“While Miller was in Paris, Jean Cocteau cast her as an armless statue in his movie Le Sang d’un Poète, Pablo Picasso painted her several times (she, in turn, took several photographs of him), and a glass manufacturer cast a champagne goblet from her breast.”
Greta Garbo
Greta Garbo

“Her first non-silent film, Anna Christie, was promoted with the ad tag ‘Garbo talks.’ Later, the poster for Ninotchka proclaimed: ‘Garbo laughs!’ And in 1954, 13 years after her last movie, Guinness World Records named the elusive Swedish star ‘the most beautiful woman who ever lived.’”
Doris Duke
Doris Duke

“One of the best-loved stories about this avid traveler and collector of Islamic art involves a Middle Eastern businessman and a jet plane. (She wouldn’t agree to his price until he sweetened the deal with two camels; Duke named them Princess and Baby and ordered custom-made trailers for their transport.) She was just as lavish when it came to couture: Cristobal Balenciaga, Christian Dior, and Madame Grès were among her favorites.”
Renee Perle
renee perle
Renee Perle

“In the ‘shadowless heaven’ of [Jacques Henri] Lartigue’s photographs, glamorous women… abound, but Perle’s lacquered hair, slender silhouette, modern T-shirts, armfuls of bangles, and talonlike nails shone the brightest. ‘Around her,’ Lartigue wrote, ‘I see a halo of magic.’”
Peggy Lipton
Peggy Lipton

“With her long, straw-colored, center-parted hair; wide-set, nut-brown eyes; bell-bottoms; and love beads, Lipton’s fragile yet streetwise Julie Barnes [in Aaron Spellng's The Mod Squad] epitomized the era’s free-love look. Lipton won four best actress Golden Globe nominations—and one statuette—for the part.”
francine du plessix gray
Francine Du Plessix Gray

“As a teenager, she found solace in books, earned a Spence scholarship, and studied philosophy and religion at Bryn Mawr and Barnard, where her ‘antiparental cycle’ included strip poker, motorcycle jackets, and a punky haircut.”
Anjelica Huston Jack Nicholson
Anjelica Huston

“She couldn’t have been more different than the all-American blondes who were landing magazine covers and ad campaigns in the late sixties. But all it took was one meeting with Vogue’s Diana Vreeland, and Anjelica Huston, daughter of Hollywood legend John Huston, was off to Ireland for a Richard Avedon shoot.”
Elsa Peretti
Elsa Peretti

“[Jewelry designer] Peretti was inspired by nature, and with a 5-foot-9-inch frame, striking khaki eyes, and signature cropped locks (she claimed she used Champagne to keep them shiny), she was her own best advertisement. Nights out at Studio 54, she accessorized her pal Halston’s dresses with her horse-bit belt or with a rope of her Diamonds by the Yard flung around her neck.”
Charlotte Rampling
Charlotte Rampling

“Woody Allen, who directed her in Stardust Memories, once said that his ideal dinner companions would be Charlotte Rampling and Franz Kafka. Not as unlikely a combination as you might think, given the duality of Rampling’s appeal: a thoroughbred European beauty who projects more than a hint of inner darkness.”
Betty Catroux
Betty Catroux

“If she had a calling card, it would read ‘muse.’ Tom Ford dedicated his debut collection at YSL Rive Gauche to this lanky, equine beauty with the iconic curtain of blond hair.”
Gemma Ward
Gemma Ward

“With her wide-set sober gaze, ivory brow, and bee-stung pout, Gemma Ward could be a Regency beauty—although she’s actually a teenager from Perth, Australia (yes, that porcelain skin comes from a nation of devoted sun worshippers).”
clara bow
Clara Bow

“Bow’s fans couldn’t get enough of her undeniable sex appeal, crystallized in the 1927 film It and in her enduring, much-pilfered nickname—’The It girl.’”
francoise hardy
Françoise Hardy

“Even if she weren’t strikingly beautiful, Françoise Hardy would be an icon for groundbreakers.In the mid 1960s, Hardy perfectly bridged two worlds with her boho sex appeal (straight hair, eyebrow-dusting bangs, acoustic guitar) and pared-down mod aesthetic (chiseled cheekbones, an intense gaze, a Courrèges wardrobe).”
Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda

“With her patrician looks and Hollywood pedigree, it would have been easy for Jane Fonda to coast through life. Instead, she cast herself against type, using her classic beauty and detached sexiness in deliberately off-kilter roles like the future-worldly sex-kitten Barbarella and the cynical—if extremely well-coiffed—prostitute Bree Daniels in Klute.”
Mary Quant
Mary Quant

“Even without her wildly popular, provocative designs, Mary Quant would have set London swinging. As much as any of the women who lined up outside the Kings Road shop for her boyish, body-skimming shifts and clingy knits, Quant embodied the era’s exuberant out-with-the-old feeling.”
Brigitte Bardot
Brigitte Bardot

“The seductively messy mass of buttery curls framing an impish, good-natured grin, all set atop abundant curves and legs as long as the Eiffel Tower, added up to a delightfully headspinning bombshell à la française.”
Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo

“Conventions didn’t stand a chance with Frida Kahlo. From her nakedly honest self-portraits to her open bisexuality to her radical politics, the Mexican artist wrote her own rules. The same held true for her personal style. Let other women be demure and dainty, pale and powdered; Kahlo dressed in rugged men’s suits or color-soaked Mexican traditional blouses and skirts. She played up her famously dramatic features—the heavy brow, brooding eyes, and ink-black hair, center parted and slicked into a bun—and made them her signature.”

all photos and captions courtesy of Style.com.

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