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Lisa Fonssagrives
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Model
    (May 17, 1911-February 4, 1992)
    Born in Uddevalla, Sweden
    Birth name was Lisa Birgitta Bernstone
    Frequent cover girl for 'Vogue,' 'Harper's Bazaar' and 'Vanity Fair'
    Measurements: 34-23-34
    Married to photographers Ferdinand Fonssagrives (1935-50) and Irving Penn (1950-92)
    She originally planned to be a ballet dancer, but was considered too tall.
    Her waist was normally 23 inches, but she could cinch it down to 17.
    She kept her figure by eating ten small meals a day, where a typical 'meal' would be six grapes, a cracker, a piece of cheese and half a glass of wine.
    Her angular features inspired the appearance of Cruella de Vil in Disney's animated '101 Dalmatians.'
    She has been credited as the first supermodel.
    She appeared on the cover of over 200 issues of 'Vogue.'
    One photographer said, 'Lisa makes a $10 cotton dress look like a Schiaparelli.'
    She was fond of nude swimming and sunbathing.
    After her modeling career ended, she designed a line of leisurewear for Lord & Taylor, and became a sculptor who exhibited at Manhattan's prestigious Marlborough Gallery.

Credit: C. Fishel


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