Dorothy Juba, later known as Dorothy Horan, and best known as Dovima, was an American model during the 1950s, and one of the most recognizable, and today would have been her birthday!!!! She passed away in 1990. Since I love fashion and deal with it daily, I have always found her photo spreads very chic, fashionable and always with a hint of attitude and fun. Awhile back Debs over at She Who Seeks, asked who was the beautiful woman in my current header, and of course it is Dovima! I have used her in my headers several times....
Born in New York City, Dovima was discovered on a sidewalk in New York by an editor at Vogue, and had a photo shoot with Irving Penn the following day. She worked closely with Richard Avedon, whose now famous photographs of her in a floor-length black evening gown with circus elephants—"Dovima with the Elephants"—taken at the Cirque d'hiver, Paris, in August 1955, have become an icon and sold for $1,151,976 in 2010. The gown was the first evening dress designed for Christian Dior by his new assistant, Yves Saint-Laurent.
Dovima was reputed to be the highest-paid model of her time. She had a role as an aristocratic-looking, but empty-headed, fashion model with a Jackson Heights whine: Marion in Funny Face. I think one of the most beautiful to ever grace covers.
Happy Birthday to you, Dovima!