Jean Shrimpton

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Jean Shrimpton
Jean Shrimpton (1965).jpg
Jean Shrimpton (1965)
Born (1942-11-06) 6 November 1942 (age 76)
Buckinghamshire, England
Other names Jean Cox,[1] The Shrimp, Jeannie Shrimpton
Occupation fashion model, actress, hotel owner/innkeeper, antique shop owner/antique dealer[2]
Spouse(s) Michael Cox (m. 1979)
Children Thaddeus Cox
Relatives Chrissie Shrimpton (sister)
Modelling information
Height 1.765 m (5 ft 9 in)[3] —1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[4]
Hair colour Brown
Eye colour Blue
Measurements 34-23-35[5]
1965 ABC news report on Jean Shrimpton's visit to the Melbourne Cup.

Jean Rosemary Shrimpton (born 6 November 1942)[6] is an English model and actress. She was an icon of Swinging London and is considered to be one of the world's first supermodels.[1][7][8][9] She appeared on numerous covers including Vogue,[10][11] Harper's Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Elle, Ladies' Home Journal, Newsweek, and Time magazines.[12] In 2012, Shrimpton was named by Time as one of the 100 most influential fashion icons of all time.[12] She starred alongside Paul Jones in the 1967 film Privilege.

Early life

Born in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, and brought up on a farm, Shrimpton was educated at St Bernard's Convent School, Slough. She enrolled at Langham Secretarial College in London when she was 17. A chance meeting with director Cy Endfield led to an unsuccessful meeting with the producer of his film Mysterious Island; Endfield then suggested she attend the Lucie Clayton Charm Academy's model course.[13] In 1960, aged 17, she began modelling, appearing on the covers of popular magazines such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and Vanity Fair.[14]


Shrimpton's career rose to prominence through her work with photographer David Bailey. They met in 1960 at a photo shoot that Shrimpton, who was then an unknown model,[15] was working on with photographer Brian Duffy for a Kellogg's corn flakes advertisement.[16] Duffy told Bailey she was too posh for him, but Bailey was undeterred.

Shrimpton's first photo session with Bailey was in 1960 (either for Condé Nast's Brides on 7 December 1960[17][18] or for British Vogue).[19] She started to become known in the modelling world around the time she was working with Bailey.[5] Shrimpton has stated she owed Bailey her career,[3][5] and he is often credited for discovering her[3][20][21] and being influential in her career.[3][22][17][20] In turn, she was Bailey's muse, and his photographs of her helped him rise to prominence in his early career.[23][24][25][26][27]

During her career, Shrimpton was widely reported to be the "world's highest paid model",[5][28][29][30] the "most famous model"[29][31][32] and the "most photographed in the world".[29][31] She was also described as having the "world's most beautiful face" and as "the most beautiful girl in the world".[5][9][33][34][35] She was dubbed "The It Girl", "The Face",[32] "The Face of the Moment",[5] and "The Face of the '60s".[3][8][36] Glamour named her "Model of The Year" in June 1963. She contrasted with the aristocratic-looking models of the 1950s by representing the coltish, gamine look of the youthquake movement in 1960s Swinging London,[23] and she was reported as "the symbol of Swinging London".[5] Breaking the popular mould of voluptuous figures[37] with her long legs and slim figure, she was nicknamed "The Shrimp".[38] Shrimpton was also known for her long hair with a fringe,[3][39][40] wide doe-eyes,[41][42][43] long wispy eyelashes,[3] arched brows,[44] and pouty lips.[3][45]

Shrimpton also helped launch the miniskirt.[3][35][46] In 1965, she made a two-week promotional visit to Australia, sponsored by the Victoria Racing Club, and a local synthetic fibre company who brought her out to promote a range of new dresses made of Orlon. She was paid a fee of ₤2000, which was an enormous sum at the time.[47] She caused a sensation in Melbourne, when she arrived for the Victoria Derby wearing a white shift dress made by Colin Rolfe which ended 10 cm (3.9 in) above her knees. She wore no hat, stockings or gloves, and sported a man's watch, which was unusual at the time. Shrimpton was unaware she would cause such reaction in the Melbourne community and media.[1][9][35]

In her article "The Man in the Bill Blass Suit", Nora Ephron tells of the time when Jean Shrimpton posed for a Revlon advertisement in an antique white Chantilly lace dress by Blass. Minutes after the lipstick placard was displayed at the drugstores, the Revlon switchboard received many calls from women demanding to know where they could buy the dress.[48]

Shrimpton is namechecked (as "Jeannie Shrimpton") in the 1986 Smithereens song "Behind the Wall of Sleep".[49]

Personal life

Shrimpton and Bailey began dating soon after they began working together and subsequently had a relationship for four years, ending in 1964.[3][15] Bailey was still married to his first wife Rosemary Bramble when the affair began, but left her after nine months and later divorced her to be with Shrimpton.[22]

Shrimpton's other most celebrated romance was with actor Terence Stamp.[44] In 1979, she married photographer Michael Cox [50] at the registry office in Penzance, Cornwall when she was four months pregnant[2] with their son Thaddeus, who was born that same year.[51] They own the Abbey Hotel in Penzance,[2][36] now managed by Thaddeus and his family.[52] Her younger sister Chrissie is also an actress, linked to both Mick Jagger and Steve Marriott of the Small Faces.

On 26 January 2012 the story of Shrimpton's relationship with David Bailey was dramatised in a BBC Four film, We'll Take Manhattan, with Karen Gillan playing the part of Shrimpton.[53][54]


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  • Shrimpton, Jean (1964, 1965). My Own Story: The Truth About Modelling. Bantam Books. Check date values in: |date= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Shrimpton, Jean (with Hall, Unity) (1990). Jean Shrimpton: My Autobiography. London: Ebury. ISBN 0852238584.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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