She was known as "the most perfect model," and in her heyday, one headline proclaimed, "All New York Bows to the Real Miss Manhattan." She earned the name not just because she was the toast of the town in the 1910s, but because her perfectly proportioned face and body inspired numerous works of sculpture that still stand in Manhattan, Brooklyn and The Bronx today.

One contemporary account concluded that Audrey Munson "posed for more public works than anyone" — at least a dozen of which are still on public display. New Yorkers may not know it, but they see Munson everywhere...


Daily Mail article (with artistic nudity)

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lola_ice: Evidently the author of the article was completely unaware of the history which she purports to write about.
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lola_ice: Evidently the author of the article was completely unaware of the history which she purports to write about.
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lola_ice: Evidently the author of the article was completely unaware of the history which she purports to write about.
lola_ice: Sorry .....there is no preview button and I am on a very bad connection. It seems to post if I hit enter. I will write the rest of this later. Suffice it to say that this woman was not New Yorks first supermodel.
lola_ice: a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=Evelyn%20Nesbit&newwindow=1&client=aff-maxthon-maxthon4&hs=6At&affdom=maxthon.com&channel=t23&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=y_gdVcmZFdDSoASy7oC4CA&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAQ"> Evelyn_Nesbit Images

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lola_ice: Evelyn_Nesbit Images

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LinusMines: Is this about semantics (using the term "supermodel" to describe an early 20th-century figure), or are there conflicting accounts of her being the model for NYC landmarks? With a second book on her life coming out this spring, I'm more curious.
lola_ice: She was a NYC landmark years before the other girl read the wikipedia entry as well as being a figure in "the trial of the century" 100 years before OJ
LinusMines: Semantics, then. Nesbitt's more extensive fame may have had her considered a landmark, but she wasn't being cast in marble all over NYC (and other cities) by the time of the 1910's. "NYC's first supermodel" is a big stretch, but isn't without accuracy.
LinusMines: Also, the courtroom-drama parallels between Munson and Nesbit are bad enough, but living the last 65 years of one's life in an institution, after having achieved a measure of fame, is especially harsh.
This Girl Was The Top Model in NYC and the USA 10 years before her
lola_ice: Evelyn_Nesbit

Evelyn Nesbit was the top model a decade earlier and vastly prettier than the rather homely Audey Munson.