The face of the swinging sixties and often cited as the world’s first supermodel, Jean Shrimpton is an icon. Despite reaching celebrity status, Shrimpton’s choice to become a recluse only emphasises the respect and admiration I have for her. In a 2011 exclusive interview with The Guardian (the first in a 30 year period), she described the fashion industry as a place “full of dark, troubled people”. She also discussed her hatred of publicity.
“Jean Shrimpton rejected it all and there is something reassuring about her choice”
It’s rather hard to believe that a supermodel can reject a world obsessed with her. The models of today work relentlessly to remain relevant, however, in a position, which would ultimately have lead to her still having a role in British fashion, Jean Shrimpton rejected it all and there is something reassuring about her choice. Many talk about the cons of fame but very few show the celebrity life the middle finger to disappear into normality.