One of my favorite fashion models of all time is Veruschka. You may have read my previous article on her body paint photography series called Oxydationen. It’s a topic that fascinates me, and worthy of taking a second look. (If you’re new to the site, please check it out.) You can imagine my delight when I found this Life Magazine from 1967 with Veruschka herself on the cover. What a lucky find!
The article resembles a scrapbook rather than a traditional interview, with 9 pages of photographs interspersed with quotations. An additional 2-page article is included afterward. The 6-foot-4 amazonian beauty offers candid insights into the life of being a supermodel:
I want to fly. I want to be free. But I feel I know only half of myself. I must know more – then when I stand in front of that little box, each time – click! – it gives me an answer. That’s my whole life right then. There’s nothing else. Funny, the camera’s my friend.
Although she was the most sought-after supermodel, Veruschka was very down to earth. She explained that between jobs she wandered around in old clothes, and lived in a furnitureless apartment in Rome.
Yet, like a true supermodel, Veruschka knew her role well. Her private life may have been simple, but she was careful to keep up appearances.
It’s like being in a zoo. It’s like a charge of wild animals. But you can’t afford not to look good or people will say, ‘Oh, look how terrible Veruschka looks.’ You must keep playing a part.