Sunday, March 26, 2017

Seventeen Model

Shelley in a spread for Seventeen magazine, November 1965

Shelley was discovered by A&P supermarket heir and publisher Huntington Hartford at a debutante ball when she was just 14 years old. It was her first time to be invited to one and her mother instructed Shelley, "If  any older men bother you, go powder your nose." And she kept powdering her nose all night because "A guy kept bothering me," Shelley said, "He kept coming up to ask, 'Have you ever thought of being a model?' " After careful consideration, and with the help of her mother, a former Conover model, she finally decided it was a better summer job than waitressing. They went to went to New York to see Eileen Ford (a friend of her mother's) for representation. In 1964, Shelley appeared in a spread on Hartford's Show magazine, the September 1964 issue. In November of that same year, her face was on the covers of both Seventeen and Glamour magazines. And the rest is Supermodel history.

a closeup of Shelley from the 1965 spread