Thursday, February 6, 2014

the being known as wonder girl


It's an odd thing, mourning the loss of someone you never knew -- and yet so much of our culture revolves around it. We grieve for those whose worlds never intersected with our own, and yet our lives were touched by their very existence. Samantha Juste was one of the girls who really ignited within me a passion for the culture of the 1960s. Early on in my teenage years, I would pour over photographs of her and try to mimic her dolly eye makeup, in hopes of capturing some of her magic. I cannot even count the number of biographies I've read -- about countless musicians -- that mention Samantha, how she influenced the culture of the 1960s and how she cared for and protected artists. In her modeling photos, she had an infectious energy that elevated simple magazine editorials into a whole happening. She truly was "the being known as wonder girl."

2 comments:

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I've always admired Samantha so much and was so sad to learn of her death.

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Faye Caroline -- me too, on both accounts. It was so incredibly sad, but I thought that it was tremendous the outpouring of condolences and tributes from everyone in the music community and fans of Samantha. She was always very under-the-radar in terms of icon status (just an example of her personality), but she touched many, many lives!