James Bowen’s book about the first American supermodel
The title of the first supermodel in the world are distributed between a few representatives of the fashion industry. With all the contenders decided to contest the London writer James Bowen in his book «The Curse of Beauty». The tragic story of the first American supermodel Audrey Munson became the basis for writing.
Audrey Munson was born in 1891, soon moved to New York, where she was spotted by a photographer at 15 years. Audrey worked as a singer on Broadway, after the beginning of the modeling career ahe began to pose for painters and sculptors, as well as acting in silent films.
Sculptures for which Audrey Munson posed are located throughout New York — New York Public Library, the Metropolitan and Brooklyn Museums, on the outskirts of the Manhattan Bridge, Fountain near the Plaza Hotel, Columbus Circle and many others. There are about a hundred sculptures for which Audrey Munson was chosen as a model.
Audrey Munson became the first actress, appearing nude on screen, on model’s account 4 roles in silent films.
At the peak of her career, Audrey Munson got into the center of the scandal. The owner of the house where she rented an apartment with her mother, killed his wife to be with Audrey. Girl could not be accused of complicity in the crime, but her career was finished on this.
Audrey Munson lived 104 years, 65 of which she spent in a psychiatric hospital. Attempted suicide and further mental disorder caused involuntary treatment model.
In his book, James Bowen tells the story about first supermodel, based on the recollections of relatives, psychiatric hospital staff, as well as the old newspapers and FBI reports. «A lot of the stories about her are recycled Internet things which are not particularly well informed because there wasn’t much known about her. And I hope I’m going to inform it with a massive amount of actual information», — said the writer.