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November 9, 2019

45 Stunning Photos of Model Nena von Schlebrügge in the 1950s and '60s

Born 1941 in Mexico City, Nena von Schlebrügge is a Mexican-born former fashion model of Swedish and German ancestry from the 1950s and 1960s. She was discovered by Vogue photographer Norman Parkinson at the age of 14 when he was on a tour in Stockholm, Sweden in 1955.

Nena von Schlebrügge in the 1950s and 1960s

In 1957, Nena moved to London, England, to pursue a career in high-fashion modeling. She found immediate success and was invited to come to New York City by Eileen Ford of the Ford Modeling Agency to continue her modeling career.

In 1958, at the age of 17, Nena arrived in New York City to continue her career as a top model, working at Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. She was photographed by many fashion photographers, including Gleb Derujinsky.

From 1987 to 1989, Nena was the Program Director at the New York Open Center and, from 1991 to 2002, was the Managing Director of Tibet House US located in New York City.

Since 2001, Nena has been the Managing Director of the Tibet House US-owned Menla Mountain Retreat, where she has overseen the construction of a state-of-the-art Tibetan medicinal spa facility and business in the Catskill Mountains in Phoenicia, New York. She is also a psychotherapist.

These stunning photos of Nena von Schlebrügge were part of her work in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

American fashion model Nena von Schlebrügge, photographed for British Vogue, May 1957

Nena in fur coat, photo by Norman Parkinson used for the cover of British Vogue, Sept. 1958

Nena in royal blue three-piece suit of Scottish wool-reindeer hair tweed, 7/8 coat over slim skirt with blue paisley silk blouse by David Crystal, hat by Lilly Daché, photo by Karen Radkai, Vogue, August 15, 1959

Nena von Schlebrugge in bright red cable knit sweater and skirt by Robert Sloan, hat by John Frederics, earrings by Napier, photo by Gleb Derujinsky, Harper's Bazaar, circa 1959

Nena von Schlebrugge in dress and 7/8 coat by David Crystal with matching hat by Lilly Daché, photo by Joseph Leombruno, Vogue, 1959

Nena von Schlebrugge in polo coat sashed over a narrow dress in peacock blue silk brocade with golden threads by Adele Simpson, hat by Irene of New York, necklace by Brania, photo by Richard Avedon, Harper's Bazaar, October 1959

Nena Von Schlebrugge wearing blond-beige two button suit with mink collar, loosely buttoned over silk blouse by Paul Parness, Vogue, Sept. 1959

Nena von Schlebrugge, photo by Henry Clarke, Vogue, April 1959

Nena von Schlebrugge in a summer polka-dot dress, circa 1960

Nena in Arnel green-checked knit and cardigan by Nelly de Grab, Harper's Bazaar, January 1960

Nena von Schlebrugge in black and white tweed coat of wool and mohair with opulent black fox collar and matching straight skirt by Jaeger, 1960

Nena von Schlebrugge in elasticized gold maillot of Avisco acetate and Mylar by Rose Marie Reid, photo by Saul Leiter, Harper's Bazaar, May 1960

Nena von Schlebrugge in magnificent Empress chinchilla evening wrap by Scaasi for Ben Kahn, Tiffany's 128.51 carat canary diamond reset by Schlumberger, coiffure by Enrico Caruso, photo by Louis Faurer, Harper's Bazaar, December 1960

Nena von Schlebrugge, Harper's Bazaar, 1960

Nena von Schlebrugge, photo by Claude Virgin, Vogue UK, October 1960

Nena von Schlebrugge, photo by John Rawlings, 1960

Nena von Schlebrügge, photo by Lionel Kazan, 1960

Nena von Schlebrugge, Trifari jewelry ad, Vogue, 1960

Nena von Schlebrugge in knit suit by Kimberly, Harper's Bazaar, March 1, 1961

Nena von Schlebrugge in sleevless dress by Norman Norell, photo by Richard Avedon for Harper's Bazaar, 1961

Nena von Schlebrugge in tailored polo coat with notched collar, patch pockets and back belting of Canada Majestic Pastel Mink by David, hat by Emme, handbag by Crown, photo by Horst, Vogue, November 1, 1961

Nena Von Schlebrugge in two-piece dress from Junior Accent, photo by Carmen Schiavone, Mademoiselle, 1961

Nena von Schlebrugge in two-piece pink velvet dress by Larry Aldrich, with large faux pearl necklace by Castlecliff, photo by John Rawlings, November 1961

Nena von Schlebrugge, photo by John Rawlings, Vogue 1961

Nena von Schlebrugge in a flowered chiffon gown by Sophie of Saks Fifth Avenue, Vogue, March 1962

Nena von Schlebrugge in Autumn Haze EMBA mink jacket by Maximilian, photo by Virginia Thoren-Rice, 1962

Nena von Schlebrugge in beautiful pleated dress of Fortrel voile designed by Edward Abbott, Vogue, March 15, 1962

Nena in dress and jacket of wool worsted seersucker by Vera Maxwell, Harper's Bazaar, January 1962

Nena von Schlebrugge in gray flannel suit by unidentified designer, photo by Horst, Vogue, 1962

Nena von Schlebrugge in gray wool suit with tunic jacket with Astrakan collar by Ben Zuckerman, Astrakan hat by Lilly Daché, photo by Horst, Vogue, August 15, 1962

Nena von Schlebrugge in hand-screened flowered print blouse in cotton batiste and polyester with matching dyed pants by Mr. Dino, Vogue, April 15, 1962

Nena von Schlebrugge in maillot by Catalina and hat by Halston, photo by Gleb Derujinsky on top of the mountain Nemrud Dagh in Turkey, Harper's Bazaar, 1962

Nena in nubby textured wool two-piece with white mink neckline and hat, by Bill Blass, photo by Horst, 1962

Nena von Schlebrugge in pale green felt beret by Halston, photo by Bert Stern, Vogue, March 1962

Nena von Schlebrugge in pink and gray print silk pajama skirt-pant with fitted midriff-bared top by Emilio Pucci, faux pearls by Richelieu, sandals by Galla, photo by Hiro, Harper's Bazaar, December 1962

Nena in scalloped overblouse and trim tailored pants of black double knit wool by Mr. Dino, Vogue, October 1, 1962

Nena von Schlebrugge in silk shirt splashed with multi-colored tulips and coordinated silk pants by Lady Manhattan, Vogue, November 15, 1962

Nena is wearing a bit of therapeutic London mist in every ounce of Yardley make-up, here Capri Pink lipstick and Light Sapphire eyeshadow, photo by John Stewart, Vogue, April 1, 1962

Nena von Schlebrugge wearing Chanel-style suit in wool tweed by Dan Millstein, accented with gilt chain necklaces and bracelets by Marvella, photo by Horst, 1962

Nena wearing red and white houndstooth wool suit by Zelinka-Matlick, photo by Karen Radkai, Vogue, 1962

Nena von Schlebrugge in pale blue bouclé knit dress with removable bib by Lawrence Couture Knit, for DuPont ad, 1963

Nena in romantic Byron shirt of Celanese acetate pebbled crêpe by Robert Goldberg, Vogue, October 1, 1963

Nena von Schlebrugge, Vogue, February 1, 1963

Nena von Schlebrugge in immaculate white linen jacket worn over taffy-colored chiffon dress with yards of skirt and stole by Jane Derby, earrings by Miriam Haskell, photo by Saul Leiter, Harper's Bazaar, June 1964

Nena in pink crepe jumpsuit with pistachio green satin housecoat, photo by Horst P. Horst, Vogue, November 15, 1964




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