it is never,
I’m just a
So said the model, muse and exquisitely turned out Swedish beauty, Lisa Fonssagrives, in a 1949 article for Time magazine. With her seventeen inch waistline and early training in ballet, she was considered by many to be the world’s first supermodel, exuding a grace and poise that gave a classical dignity to anything she wore.
Posed by the photographic elites of her day, George Hoyningen-Huene, Man Ray, Horst, Erwin Blumenfeld, George Platt-Lynes, Richard Avedon, Edgar de Evia, and husbands, Fernand Fonssagrives and Irving Penn, she exalted in a career she called “still dancing.”
Described as “the highest paid, highest praised, high fashion model in the business,” she had a remarkably practical down-to-earth attitude. Asked how she maintained her figure, she always insisted on the importance of eating in small quantities. She would at times consume as many as ten tiny meals a day. To her a tiny meal might mean only six grapes, a single slice of cheese, one cracker and half a glass of wine. Always eating, but never anything much. So wonderfully French.