Jean Shrimpton: The 'Most Beautiful Girl' Of The '60s (And First Supermodel), Then And Now

By Emily Morenz
Glamour 1965: Model Jean Shrimpton wearing shrimp-colored suede suit with cardigan jacket by Viola Sylbert for Highlander Sportswear, black straw hat by Emme Boutique, gold earrings by Trifari. (Photo by Francesco Scavullo/Condé Nast via Getty Image

Considered to be the world’s first "supermodel," Jean Shrimpton was the It-Girl of the 1960s who epitomized the sought-after "Swinging London" look, setting the mold for how fashion would become. She was acclaimed as the “Most Beautiful Girl In The World,” “The Face Of The ‘60s,” and “Most Photographed In The World” with her large eyes, fringe bangs, slim figure, and long legs. Shrimpton not only posed for the covers of all the top magazines of the untamed decade, but she can also be credited as liberating women through one simple statement piece: the mini skirt. 

The term "supermodel" became common in the '80s, to refer to the likes of Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, and Cindy Crawford; and '70s stars like Lauren Hutton and Beverly Johnson have been retroactively deemed supermodels. But before all of these, there was Jean Shrimpton.

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