|Impossibly elegant. Image by Richard Avedon|
Said to be the inspiration for the Holly Go-Lightly character in Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffanys, Leigh was an ultra-feminine, elegant beauty who reeked of sophisticated style and a classic pizazz, in what was then a contemporary 50's form. In the glitzy, glammy, bitchy world of 40's and 50's high fashion, Dorian was the IT girl.
|Dorian Leigh, Elle Magazine, 1950|
After a few war jobs, at a laboratory and as a tool designer for Eastern Airlines, she drifted into a job writing ad copy at Republic Pictures. A friend suggested she try modelling and Leigh took her advice and signed up with an agency.
|Leigh and Biel, digitally together for Revlon's Fire and Ice relaunch|
A 1952 Revlon Fire and Ice ad campaign seemed tailor made for Leigh, as the slogan read "For you who love to flirt with fire; who dare to skate on thin ice". In the photo at right, Dorian's Fire & Ice campaign image is retrieved and juxtaposed with a new 2010 version that featured actress Jessica Biel.
Dorian Leigh died in 2008 at the advanced age of 91...