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Mary Jane Russell (1926 - 2003)

Mary Jane Russell began modeling in 1948 and that despite her small height that differed from other models; she possessed a striking long neck and classical features that perfectly suited the era’s mood. She soon became one of the most sought-after models of her generation and was the photographer, Louise Dahl-Wolfe’s favourite collaborator. With Irving Penn who once declared about Mary Jane Russell, ‘she brought to her posing as a model concentration and tenderness, rare in the fashion medium today’, she created some of fashion photography’s most famous images such as his Girl Drinking or Girl with Tobacco on Tongue.

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Genevieve Naylor, Mary Jane Russell, New York, 1950.
Genevieve Naylor, Mary Jane Russell, New York, 1950.
Genevieve Naylor, Mary Jane Russell, New York, 1950.
Genevieve Naylor, Mary Jane Russell, New York, 1950.
Genevieve Naylor, Mary Jane Russell, New York, 1950.
Genevieve Naylor, Mary Jane Russell, New York, 1950.
Genevieve Naylor, Mary Jane Russell, Harper's Bazaar, 1950.
Genevieve Naylor, Mary Jane Russell, Harper's Bazaar, 1950.
Genevieve Naylor, Mary Jane Russell, Harper's Bazaar, 1950.
Genevieve Naylor, Mary Jane Russell, Harper's Bazaar, 1950.
Genevieve Naylor, Mary Jane Russell, Harper's Bazaar, 1950.
Genevieve Naylor, Mary Jane Russell, Harper's Bazaar, 1950.
Lillian Bassman, Black and White, Mary Jane Russell, Le Pavillon, New York, 1950.
Lillian Bassman, Black and White, Mary Jane Russell, Le Pavillon, New York, 1950.
Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Mary Jane Russell, 1951.
Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Mary Jane Russell, 1951.
Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Mary Jane Russell, Dior Swan Hat, Paris, 1949.
Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Mary Jane Russell, Dior Swan Hat, Paris, 1949.
Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Mary Jane Russell in Dior , Harper's Bazaar, 1951 .
Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Mary Jane Russell in Dior , Harper's Bazaar, 1951 .
Dan Wynn, Mary Jane Russell, circa 1950’s.
Dan Wynn, Mary Jane Russell, circa 1950’s.
Clifford Coffin, Mary Jane Russell wears long rhinestone earrings, with her right hand over her face, 1950.
Clifford Coffin, Mary Jane Russell wears long rhinestone earrings, with her right hand over her face, 1950.
Lillian Bassman, Mary Jane Russell, New York, 1950.
Lillian Bassman, Mary Jane Russell, New York, 1950.
Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Mary Jane Russell in Dior , Harper's Bazaar, 1951.
Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Mary Jane Russell in Dior , Harper's Bazaar, 1951.
Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Mary Jane Russell in gown by Balenciaga, 1950's.
Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Mary Jane Russell in gown by Balenciaga, 1950's.
John Rawlings, Mary Jane Russell , Vogue Décembre 1953.
John Rawlings, Mary Jane Russell , Vogue Décembre 1953.
Louise Dahl Wolfe, Mary Jane Russell, Harper’s Bazaar, March, 1950.
Louise Dahl Wolfe, Mary Jane Russell, Harper’s Bazaar, March, 1950.
Virginia Thoren, Mary Jane Russell, 1954.
Virginia Thoren, Mary Jane Russell, 1954.
Gordon Parks, Mary Jane Russell, LIFE, 1950.
Gordon Parks, Mary Jane Russell, LIFE, 1950.
Mary Jane Russell in Red Satin Dress, 1949.
Mary Jane Russell in Red Satin Dress, 1949.
Louise Dahl-Wolfe Mary Jane Russell, Harper’s Bazaar 1954.
Louise Dahl-Wolfe Mary Jane Russell, Harper’s Bazaar 1954.
Mary Jane Russell wearing Adele Simpson, 1956.
Mary Jane Russell wearing Adele Simpson, 1956.
Mary Jane Russell, Vogue, Décembre 1954.
Mary Jane Russell, Vogue, Décembre 1954.
Irving Penn, Mary Jane Russell, 1949.
Irving Penn, Mary Jane Russell, 1949.
Genevieve Naylor, Mary Jane Russell, Harper's Bazaar, 1950.
Genevieve Naylor, Mary Jane Russell, Harper's Bazaar, 1950.
Irving Penn, Woman on the beach smoking Mary Jane Russell, Long Island, NY, 1949.
Irving Penn, Woman on the beach smoking Mary Jane Russell, Long Island, NY, 1949.
Genevieve Naylor, Mary Jane Russell, 1950.
Genevieve Naylor, Mary Jane Russell, 1950.
Genevieve Naylor,  Mary Jane Russel wearing a wool day suit, 1950..
Genevieve Naylor, Mary Jane Russel wearing a wool day suit, 1950..
Karen Radkal, Mary Jane Russel with siamese kitten © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Karen Radkal, Mary Jane Russel with siamese kitten © Condé Nast Archive/Corbis.
Horst P.Horst, Mary Jane Russel wearing a black turban, 1954.
Horst P.Horst, Mary Jane Russel wearing a black turban, 1954.
Louise Dahl Wolfe, Mary Jane Russell, 1950's.
Louise Dahl Wolfe, Mary Jane Russell, 1950's.
Dann Wynn, Mary Jane Russell, 1950's.
Dann Wynn, Mary Jane Russell, 1950's.
John Rawlings, Mary Jane Russell, in green hat with red lipstick and nails. Vogue, September, 1957.
John Rawlings, Mary Jane Russell, in green hat with red lipstick and nails. Vogue, September, 1957.
 Lillian Bassman, The Little Furs: Mary Jane Russell in a cape-jacket by Ritter Brothers at the Essex House, New York, 1955.
Lillian Bassman, The Little Furs: Mary Jane Russell in a cape-jacket by Ritter Brothers at the Essex House, New York, 1955.
Horst P.Horst, Mary Jane Russel, 1954.
Horst P.Horst, Mary Jane Russel, 1954.
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