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Dorian Leigh, who died on Monday aged 91, was one of the first photographic models to merit the prefix "super"; during the 1940s and 1950s she was a household name. And was from San Antonio, Texas.

Dorian Leigh
She played muse to a clutch of photographers, including Avedon. Dark-haired, blue-eyed, 5ft 5in tall, with an hourglass figure and exquisite features, Dorian Leigh appeared on no fewer than six covers of Vogue in 1946, and, over the next six years, graced the covers of 50 more glossy magazines.

She played muse to a clutch of photographers – Avedon, Beaton, Blumenfeld, Horst and Penn among them – and in the 1950s became the signature model for Revlon's Fire and Ice lipstick and nail polish campaign in a series of images, photographed by Richard Avedon with the advertising slogan: "For you who love to flirt with fire; who dare to skate on thin ice". Avedon later stated that she was the most versatile model, and the loveliest, that he had ever worked with.

In his Photobiography (1951), Cecil Beaton observed that Dorian Leigh was able to convey "the sweetness of an 18th-century pastel, the allure of a Sargent portrait, or the poignancy of some unfortunate woman who sat for Modigliani"; but he also noted that she was as demanding as those who photographed her. In an interview with Vanity Fair in 2006, her fellow supermodel Carmen Dell'Orefice described her as "sexy without saying a word… She had so much oestrogen, like some men are full of testosterone."

Thank you for creating the path! You will be missed but always known. Blessings

BeautyLori Freese