Monday, September 7, 2009
Dovima and the Elephants
Dovima was an icon in modelling in the golden era of couture. Her photo, taken by Richard Avedon, of her posing in a Christian Dior dress, accompanied by circus elephants, is truly an icon of photography, despite the fact that Avedon was not satisfied with the placement of the sash. The juxtaposition of power and femininity is truly breathtaking, as is the model herself.
Dovima was a supermodel before the term was coined. Her modelling name was taking from her three first names: Dorothy Virginia Margaret. This got me thinking of what my modelling name would be. With my maiden name, it would be Lijomi, which has a wonderful ring to it. My married name would make it Lijout, which I would pronouce Li-joo, and people would promptly butcher. Nonetheless, either would be cool and mysterious. What would your modelling name be, if you followed that same formula?