When modeling agent Eileen Ford met the model Dorian Leigh’s fifteen-year-old redhead sister, in 1948, she ‘almost fainted with delight’. Suzy Parker became a prominent model of her times who, with her high dimpled cheeks, short flame hair and dark blue eyes, captured the attention of the most famous photographers such as Richard Avedon who believed ‘she was something else – a redheaded force of nature, a wolf in chic clothing, the one flesh-and-blood woman in a world of exquisite creatures.’ Praised for her versatility, Suzy Parker became Coco Chanel’s muse from 1954, helping the fashion designer to revive the historical couture house. At the end of the 1950s, she took on an acting career and appeared in Ten North Frederick, in 1958 and The Interns, in 1962 after having served as an inspiration to Audrey Hepburn’s character in Funny Face, in 1957. The American model who was the first to pose in a bikini in an American magazine, once shared the secret of her success: 'Individuality. Put a high price on that. . . You never want the costume to be more important than the woman.'