Amazing Vintage Photos of Fashion’s First Supermodel Lisa Fonssagrives

Swedish fashion model Lisa Fonssagrives (1911 – 1992) is widely credited as the world´s first supermodel. She was born Lisa Birgitta Bernstone and was  raised in Uddevalla.

She went to Mary Wigman’s school in Berlin and studied art and dance. After returning to Sweden, she opened a dance school.  She moved from Sweden to Paris to train for ballet and worked as a private dance teacher with Photographer Fernand Fonssagrives, which then led to a modeling career.

She married Fonssagrives in 1935; they divorced and she later married fashion photographer, Irving Penn, in 1950.

The Elton John photography collection auction held by Christie’s on October 15, 2004 sold a 1950 Irving Penn photograph of his wife, Lisa Fonssagrives, for $57,360.

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Lisa Fonssagrives by Irving Penn (1953)

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Lisa Fonssagrives by Irving Penn (1949)

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Lisa Fonssagrives by Lillian Bassman

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Lisa Fonssagrives by Irving Penn

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VOGUE Cover, Lisa Fonssagrives by Horst P. Horst (1940)

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Lisa Fonssagrives (1940’s)

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Lisa Fonssagrives on the Eiffel Tower by Erwin Blumenfeld, Vogue (1939)

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Lisa Fonssagrives Le Modele by Fernand Fonssagrives (1942)

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