Bella Donna: Jean Shrimpton


One of the most iconic models of the 1960s measured 5'9", but she was known as The Shrimp. Even though Jean Shrimpton hated that nickname, it stayed with her throughout her long career in fashion. The gamine Brit began modeling as a teenager, but it wasn't until she wore a minidress — then considered scandalous — to a horse race that she became an international icon. Shrimpton became front-page news, horrifying the "proper" older generations while inspiring teenagers to shorten their hemlines.

A fixture of London's Carnaby Street scene, she appeared in top magazines, was a model for Revlon and Yardley, and (along with Twiggy) helped define Swinging London style. Fast-forward to the present day, where she and husband Michael Cox run a bed and breakfast in Cornwall. For lots of pictures of the Shrimp in her heyday, read more.

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