Tuesday, November 2, 2010

martha my dear, you have always been my inspiration, please be good to me, martha my love, don't forget me, martha my dear

Back in the 1960s, before becoming the Goddess of all things domestic, Martha Stewart worked as a model to support herself during her years at Barnard College. In addition to winning the title of one of the Best Dressed College Girls of 1961, as decided by Glamour Magazine, the young model also modeled for Chanel, though Martha herself has down played her time at the fashion house, saying that it was for "only one summer." The photos of Martha as a model are stunning - she hardly looks like the all-American hostess/jailbird that she is known as today. And yet, even as a young model, she still was possessed with the poise and steely composure that would be her trademarks to this day.
Tory Burch pleaded with Martha to publicize many of her portfolio photos from her model days - and I'm happy that Ms. Stewart consented! Here's a glimpse at the homemaker's former glamour days, backcombed hair and all:

Her apperance in the 1961 Glamour Magazine issue

"This is 1961. It's a long white ribbed wool sweater dress. I think it sort of turned yellow-y. I had it for a quite long time. Some of the hair is mine, but in those days, we also wore those falls." - MS

"This is probably around 1962 for Glamour Magazine. Modeling was great. I met all these great photographers and it paid my way through Barnard College. At the same time as all of this I was in college. We did it all. Women today seem to have a harder time trying to do all of that at once ... It's hard but we managed. And we still cooked." - MS

"That's a modeling picture from 1960. It's a cute little dress that's perfect for today - a great beach dress. I love the hat. I love the sunglasses. I love the white banded watch." - MS

"That's on a real sail boat in Long Island Sound in the early 60s. I love that shirt - Tory makes a shirt like that. And it has the beautiful scarf pattern on the back. I love the headband." - MS

"That's from Ms. Magazine, around 1965. That's what I would have worn to work on Wall Street at the time. It's a really cute trench coat. They never went out of style. The short little gloves I just love. The square Rolex watch I still cherish." - MS 


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Model, domestic goddess, prisoner... where will it end?
I once applied for work at her magazine but was asked to bring photos of my home so I said screw it. I think she has lightened up, I hope so, she has earned the right to be happy.
X David, NYC

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Wow, THAT'S Martha Stewart? She was gorgeous. Amazing photos.

gloria said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

oooh my word. i never would have guessed that was her!!!

Rhiannon said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

She was so pretty,I never knew she was a model

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David -
I can't (actually I can..) believe that she requested photos of your home! She's a home decorating dictator, or at least she was in the past. My mother worked on a photoshoot back in the 80s for I think one of her cookbooks and I remember her saying that Martha was a real pill.
But I do think that she's lightened up a bit in the last few years, or at least has shifted her public image. She is more daring in some senses - and definitely more fun! It's so fantastic that she's friends with P Diddy; it's just stuff like that that makes me love M.Stew

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Alee -
I know, doesn't she look like an entirely different person?? I'm particularly envious of the photos of her with the long backcombed hair on the farm. So gorge

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Gloria / Rhiannon -
what I think is so interesting about her is that she really minimizes this aspect of her life. For her, the modeling aspect of her past deflects attention from her impressive strength as a businesswoman. Even describing how she got into modeling - it wasn't because she curious about the industry, or was told by a boyfriend or a family member to try it ... it was strictly to pay for college tuition. Modeling paid the bills.
But it's so interesting to think about, and really aligns with the kind of person I imagine Martha to be - very business-minded, serious, and wants attention to be paid to her work, not her self.
She had to literally be convinced by Tory to show people these photos, and when ATL was talking about her time at Chanel, she completely brushed it off.
Whereas if I was her and was so stunningly gorgeous and worked for Coco FREAKING Chanel, I would print up tee shirts with my model face on it and hand them out to strangers.