n°224/ Nico/ Icon

May 2016

by Nathalie Azoulai

Till the mid-50s, Christa Paffgen was just a German fashion model, posing with graceful gowns for magazine Jardin des Modes, in the middle of fruit, flowers and shells. Then came Herbert Tobias and Christa became Nico, then came in 1965 Brian Jones, Andy Warhol, Paul Morrissey and Lou Reed and Nico became an Icon. The charming girl transformed into a dark junkie muse with an androgynous Dietrich style and a deep Teutonic voice…Is such a change a pure marketing strategy or the genuine revelation of a secret soul ?