Thursday, August 19, 2010
Sixties Style: Colleen Corby
When I was 15, Britney Spears was a fashion queen. Every girl in my school wanted to be the pop princess and you couldn't walk down the hallways without seeing a Baby One More Time inspired ensemble.
I imagine teenage girls today are inspired by young fashion role models such as Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus.
Well, back in the 1960s, teenage girls had the ultimate teen dream: Colleen Corby.
This All-American beauty was the girl-next-door turned supermodel.
The young model was on the cover of Seventeen magazine 15 times and also on the covers of American Girl, Teen Magazine, Ingenue, Co-Ed, Glamour, and Mademoiselle. She modeled for Simplicity, McCalls, and Butterick sewing patterns and many other companies.
The famous brunette was the idol and fashion inspiration for American girls of all shapes and sizes.
Colleen was attractive without being threateningly gorgeous, she had a sweet personality, and quite simply, she seemed like the perfect best friend.
Interestingly enough, her life story reads like a fairytale.
When Colleen was 11-years-old in 1959, she walked into the Ford Modeling Agency looking for a summer job. She walked out the door a signed model. Her "summer job" lasted her 20 years.
My favorite part of this story is that Colleen's life seems to have a happy ending. She left behind no scandals. She didn't sleep around. If she ever dabbled in drugs, they certainly didn't ruin her life. She simply grew up, married a businessman, moved to Florida, and had a family.
What's even more awesome is that Colleen's fan base has not diminished in the past 40 years, but instead has grown. She has a wide international fan base on the Internet.
I think her growing popularity is because she was such a lovely symbol of American innocence and popular fashion. I also think it's because her adorable style is something most teenage girls could pull off today.
She is, in fact, a timeless style icon.
Side note: I will be going on a mini vacay for a week, so I will see you guys when I return! xo