10 February 2012
Cynthia the Famous Mannequin
So the story goes:
"In 1937, LIFE Magazine launched the career of an up-and-coming starlet in a multiple-page photo spread that, overnight, made “Cynthia” a household name. In very short order she became an A-list celebrity; was given her own television talk show and starred on the silver screen; was sent jewels and dresses by top fashion houses; was briefly engaged to one of radio’s biggest stars; hobnobbed with the former king of England; and became one of the most recognizable faces in the fashion world.
There was only one minor catch: Cynthia was a mannequin. Not a mannequin in the way a supermodel is a mannequin. But a mannequin mannequin. A made-of-plaster mannequin. Hers was a stranger-than-fiction tale that encompassed the highest circles of New York and London society, the very the lowest brow of American entertainment — and even (as so many improbable, compelling stories so often do) touched on a grisly murder investigation."
I'm not sure if I believe it, but hey, it's interesting nonetheless.
Here's the link for the photoessay on Cynthia and her creator.