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May 9, 2023

30 Fabulous Photos Show Styles of Patti Hansen in the 1970s

Born 1956 in New York City, American model and actress Patti Hansen was discovered by photographer Peter Gert at age 14. After Gert took Hansen to a party hosted by Wilhelmina Cooper, former model and owner of the Wilhelmina Models, Cooper signed the teen to her agency.

During Hansen’s modeling career, she appeared on the covers and in the pages of Seventeen, American Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and Harper’s Bazaar. She also had campaigns for Calvin Klein (for which she featured on a billboard in Times Square), Revlon, Versace and AndrĂ© Courrèges. At the height of her fame, Hansen appeared on the December 1978 cover of Esquire, celebrating “The Year of the Lusty Woman”.

In the early 1980s, Hansen stopped modeling and began acting. She appeared in only three feature films, including the 1981 romantic comedy They All Laughed, and 1984’s Hard to Hold. In 1993, she returned to modeling when designer Calvin Klein used 1970s-era models for his 1993 collection. She was presented on the November 1999 Millennium cover of American Vogue as one of the “Modern Muses”. In February 2019, she walked the runway for Michael Kors for his Studio 54-inspired Fall 2019 collection.

Take a look at these fabulous photos to see styles of a young Patti Hansen in the 1970s.


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