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June 7, 2020

50 Stunning Photos of German Supermodel Veruschka in the 1960s

Born 1939 as Vera Gottliebe Anna Gräfin von Lehndorff-Steinort in Königsberg, East Prussia, German model, actress, and artist Veruschka studied art in Hamburg and then moved to Florence, where she was discovered at age 20 by the photographer Ugo Mulas and became a full-time model.

Veruschka in the 1960s

In 1961, Veruschka moved to New York City, but soon returned to Munich. For some time, she was with the Stewart Modeling Agency at 405 Park Avenue in New York where she reigned as the girl with the most covers on the wall when you walked in. She had also garnered attention when she made a brief five-minute appearance in the 1966 cult film Blow Up by Michelangelo Antonioni.

Veruschka was popular during the 1960s. She appeared on the cover of Life magazine’s August 1967 issue and various times on all four major Vogue magazines’ (American, Italian, French and British) covers throughout the 1960s. At her peak, she earned as much as $10,000 a day.

In 1975, however, she departed from the fashion industry due to disagreements with Grace Mirabella, the newly appointed editor-in-chief of Vogue. In a 1999 interview, Veruschka said about their disagreements, “She wanted me to be bourgeois, and I didn't want to be that. I didn't model for a long time after that.”

In 2010, at the age of 71, Veruschka modeled for Giles Deacon’s showing for the fall run of London Fashion Week. She appeared in the Resort 2018 lookbook for Acne Studios in 2017.

These stunning photos captured portraits of Veruschka as a model during the 1960s.

Veruschka, McCall's, 1962

Veruschka, photo by Johnny Moncada, 1963

Veruschka, photo by Johnny Moncada, 1963

Veruschka, photo by Johnny Moncada, Sardinia, 1963

Veruschka, photo by Johnny Moncada, Sardinia, 1963

Veruschka in an ivory chiffon and jersey draped dress and turban poses before the Goddess Chamunda in the Hall of Heroes, India, photo by Henry Clarke, Vogue, 1964

Veruschka in strapless jersey pyjamas by Shannon Rodgers for Jerry Silverman, photo by Henry Clarke at Itimad-ud-Daula, India, Vogue, 1964

Veruschka in white silk two-piece evening dress by Givenchy, photo by Henry Clarke, Vogue, 1964

Veruschka, photo by Tony Vaccaro, 1964

Veruschka in a ribboned chemise from Van Raalte, photo by Horst P. Horst for Vogue, 1965

Veruschka in a swirl of tropical yellow and green twill and chiffon pyjamas by Ken Scott, photo by Henry Clarke for Vogue, 1965

Veruschka in colorful chiffon dress with matching shawl by Pauline Trigere, photo by Gordon Parks, American Vogue, 1965

Veruschka in one-shoulder leopard print chiffon dress from I.Magnin, photo by Henry Clarke in Brazil, Vogue, 1965

Veruschka in palazzo pajamas by Galitzine, bracelets by Cartier, photo by Bert Stern, Vogue, 1965

Veruschka in Pauline Trigère's rainbow-colored ensemble, photo by Gordon Parks, American Vogue, 1965

Veruschka in sun-colored caftan of cotton and red and yellow scarf by Ken Scott, photo by Henry Clarke, Vogue, 1965

Veruschka is wearing a silk sarong style pajama by Jean Louis, photo by Henry Clarke, Vogue US, 1965

Veruschka is wearing diamnté vest and bracelets by Brania, make-up from Revlon's new “Moon Drops” lipstick, photo by Irving Penn, Vogue, 1965

Veruschka, photo by Franco Rubartelli, 1965

Veruschka, photo by Gordon Parks, American Vogue, 1965

Veruschka, photo by Horst P. Horst, Vogue, 1965

Veruschka, photo by Horst P. Horst, Vogue, 1965

Veruschka in “Sea Dream”, photo by Franco Rubartelli, Vogue, 1966

Veruschka in a cool pink and white knit shift by Kimberly, jewelry by Antonio for Napier, photo by Richard Avedon, Vogue US, 1966

Veruschka in evening dress by Sarmi, photo by Irving Penn, Vogue, 1966

Veruschka in long slim black dress tied with pink satin bow just under the bustline and worn with long white sleeveless coat by unidentified designer, photo by Bert Stern, 1966

Veruschka in made-to-order striped silk palazzo pajama jumpsuit by Scaasi, photo by Horst P. Horst, 1966

Veruschka in Pucci-pattern body paint, photo by Franco Rubartelli for Vogue, 1966

Veruschka is wearing at-home evening wear of striped silk by Arnold Scaasi, photo by Horst P. Horst, Vogue US, 1966

Veruschka is wearing striped wool full-length coat over striped chiffon dress by Valentino, photo by Henry Clarke, 1966

Veruschka sporting makeup shades for 1966 by Helena Rubenstein, and jewelled choker by Jack Gilbert, photo by Franco Rubartelli, 1966

Veruschka, photo by Bert Stern, Look magazine, 1966

Veruschka in a colorful lamè dress by Grès, photo by Irving Penn, Vogue US, 1967

Veruschka in design by Balenciaga, photo by Irving Penn, Vogue, 1967

Veruschka is wearing a towel by Martex, photo by Franco Rubartelli for Vogue, 1967

Sun-lit Veruschka by Franco Rubartelli for Vogue, 1968

Veruschka and butterflies, make-up by Shiseido, photo by Franco Rubartelli, Brazil, 1968

Veruschka in a pinafore dress and white organdy blouse by Geoffrey Beene, photo by Franco Rubartelli in Arizona, Vogue, 1968

Veruschka photographed in the gardens of Mandor, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Henry Clarke, Vogue US, 1968

Veruschka wearing a pink nightdress by Arthur Williams, photo by Franco Rubartelli, 1968

Veruschka wearing a short Russian-style shirtdress by Gayle Kirkpatrick, and gold foot chain by Sant 'Angelo, photo by Franco Rubartelli in the Arizona desert, 1968

Veruschka with ringlet hair pieces, circa 1968

Veruschka, photo by Franco Rubartelli, 1968

Veruschka, wearing a white ruffled shirt, forest green vest and matching skirt by Charles Cooper, photo by Franco Rubartelli, Arizona, 1968

Veruschka in a broad-brimmed hat by Venturi for Antonelli, photo by Franco Rubartelli, Rome, Italy, 1969

Veruschka in pink floral gypsy dress and a little beaded bolero by Ken Scott, hair by Alba e Francesca, photo by Franco Rubartelli in the Park of Monsters of Bomarzo, Italy, 1969

Veruschka in Pucci ski-wear, photo by Franco Rubartelli, Switzerland, 1969

Veruschka on the beach in Columbia, photo by Franco Rubartelli, Vogue Paris, 1969

Veruschka wearing rings by Van Cleef & Arpels, photo by Irving Penn for Vogue, 1969

Veruschka, dressed in lurex mini by Dorothée Bis, makes friends with a boa, photo by Franco Rubartelli in Columbia, Vogue Paris, 1969




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