Tuesday, December 10, 2013

have you seen her all in gold, like a queen in days of old, she shoots colors all around, like a sunset going down


I’ve been reading through all the issues of the 1973 groupie-themed publication Star Magazine (infinite thanks to the divine creature who runs http://www.star1973.com/ for sharing their wealth of groupieness!), and keep finding myself time and again being caught by the loveliness of Karen Umphrey, a model favorite of the magazine. I’ve seen several photos of her around before, all big doe eyes and her curly platinum hair forming a halo around her, and always absolutely killer glam rock girl outfits. Even though she wasn’t a groupie per se, she was definitely part of the milieu of baby groupies that ruled the Sunset Strip in the early 70s. There are photos of her quite literally kicking up her heels while surrounded by the likes of Lori, Sable and Queenie, but it seems that Karen was simply friends with them and didn’t indulge in their groupie antics. Not much about her life beyond her time at a teen model is readily found, but for a while she dominated the pages of Star, Teen and other glammy youngster mags. Karen was a covergirl on the third and fifth (and final) issues of Star. In the latter edition, she was one of several Star It Girls including Lori Maddox (listed as ‘Laurie Mattix’ – I’ll never understand why there are so many variations of her name out there!) and Shray Mecham to offer beauty and style advice in the section “Beauty and the Fox.” When asked by a reader how she puts together her signature look, she offers delightfully sweet and fun advice:

“I call this month’s cover outfit [lower left corner of the above collage] my super spacey look! I used makeup that compliments the gold lame jacket I have (from Hollywood’s Granny Takes A Trip Boutique). The jacket shines with sparkly dazzling light so I wear makeup that reflects it and makes my face glow. But the real excitement of this look comes from co-ordinating my makeup with my outfit. Blonde hair, of course, looks especially foxy with silver or gold. My hair is naturally light and always kinky after I wash it. So I brush it out with a blow dryer, then pincurl it. As far as makeup goes, I use a bronzish-beige sheen gel foundation and apply a beige-pink blusher below my cheekbones to highlight them. Then I apply bronze-maroon lipstick which sort of accents my foundation color. As for my eyes I don’t wear any mascara with this outfit because black or dark harsh lines destroy that shiny soft effect. I just apply silvery-blue shadow on my lids and let it radiate from the corner of my eyes to my eyebrows for a spacey, bizarre look. Then I smudge a smidgen of eyeshadow under my bottom lashes to bring out my baby blues. For a real touch of makeup fun, I’ll put a silver star beauty mark on my cheek (like a 40’s strumpet)! The lame jacket has a gemmed pin on the lapel just to throw some more razzle-dazzle into it, and I love to wear silver rings and a hand-crafted gold lion head belt that fastens low on my hips. To top it off, a multi-colored hand-crocheted micro-mini. Just to make the outfit casual instead of ritzy vogue formal, I sling a striped Indian scarf around my neck, and let it all hang loose!”

I know that her quote was lengthy, but I had to include all of it. It’s so absolutely darling and obviously her outfit is kind of incredible so in-depth style advice is always appreciated. And she uses words like ‘foxy’ and ‘strumpet’! How wonderful is that?! She’s totally the kind of girl I would’ve been obsessed with if I was a young teen in the early 1970s. Actually, if I’m being honest, I still really super dig her and I’m twenty-two in the 21st century.

Title: from "She's A Rainbow" (The Rolling Stones)

10 comments:

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She's so pretty! Weird that she was like 14 here but still very beautiful!!

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

Love her! I especially love the picture with her in the fur coat! Patty Clark was also a real gem from that magazine. Thanks for sending the link to the magazines by the way. What a treat!
-XOXO

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How beautiful! I wondered what ever happened to her...

Alexis M said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Anon 1: It IS super odd, she looks so mature (much more mature than me and I'm almost a decade older!)

Alexis M said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hi Xiola! ooh thanks for the heads up about Patty Clark -- I'm off to find photos of her online now :) haha

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Anon 2: I know, it's quite a mystery! I bet she's only up to fab things though! And it's quite understandable why she'd want to live a quiet life, I'd think adventures on the Sunset Strip would give you experiences enough for a lifetime!

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

she's a darling, so pretty!

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I'm a friend of Karen's. She has been living a quiet semi-secluded lifestyle in Australia near the beach for many years. She has 6 beautiful blonde hair blue eyed children and 1 brand new grand-daughter! She is 54, and still a lovely lady although she has gained about 50 lbs. She wears no makeup and lives a simple, down to earth Buddhist lifestyle. She choose to walk away from the glitz & glamour of LA, many of her former friends, and her modeling/acting career.

Alexis M said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Firipa -- she's so precious! I love her modeling pics, she never looked tarty or trashy (not that there's anything wrong with that! I love a bit of trash to my looks!), she always just looked so sweet. Like the look she discusses in the post, I consider her like an intergalactic sex kitten.

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Hi Anonymous -- wow, thank you so much for reaching out to post this update! I know a lot of people on here and on the internet in general have wondered about her life, and it's fantastic to hear that she's settled into an incredible life full of love and happiness! It takes a lot to discover (and pursue!) your own path to true happiness, especially if you've found yourself in the bright lights, big city scenario when you're young. I know people will be so happy to learn what she's up to!