Veruschka: From Vera to Veruschka

The book “Veruschka: From Vera to Veruschka” edited by Rizzoli,

features previously forgotten images from the very beginning

of her career, shot by the photographer Johnny Moncada

over the course of a year in Rome, Capri, and Sardinia.

 

 

 

 “You turn the pages and you see another woman there,” she says. “I never expected to see

those pictures again, but when I did it was like seeing a child.” Veruschka and Moncada met

by happenstance at a 1964 go-see in Rome. While she had tried her hand at modeling before,

the feedback was not positive. “I had a hard time,” she says. “I was too tall, too baby-faced,

and they just didn’t think it worked together. Johnny was the first person to see something

differently.” Though Veruschka doesn’t exactly recall the locations—“I barely remember if I

did the hair and makeup,” she says— the shoots featured began in Rome and continued in

Florence and Sardinia, among other locales. “She is the most mysterious model of the sixties,”

says Monfreda,the book’s curator, analyzing Veruschka’s appeal. “She has the kind of beauty

that is chameleonic. It’s the same kind of quality you find nowadays in Kate Moss,

the ability to transform in a very natural way in front of the camera.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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source: style.com

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