Simone Micheline Bodin (1925-2015), known professionally as Bettina or Bettina Graziani, became one of the century’s first supermodels, rivalled in the forties only by the “English beauty” Barbara Goalen. Before becoming a model she was described as:
“…a freckle-faced rail worker’s daughter from Brittany”
She was renamed and recreated by Jacques Fath, who told her:
“We already have a Simone; you look to me like a Bettina”
Bettina was invited by Christian Dior to join his fashion house which she refused, choosing instead to work for Fath.
Jacques Fath in studio with Bettina Graziani, 1950 via
Bettina Graziani in Jacques Fath Dress, 1949 via