You may not know the name Linda Morand, but if you are a child of the 1960s like me, you certainly have seen her face. Starting in 1965 she was a model in New York, appearing in all the top magazines of the period. But what is interesting to me about Linda is how she got her start. I recently received an email from her in which she told her story.
I worked at Key West Hand Print Fabrics from the summer of 1964 till the beginning of 1965. Jim Russell discovered me at 18 when I had run away to Key West to become a painter. I was waiting tables at a Cuban restaurant near the old Key West building (I think they called it Harbor House before) He hired me on the spot. I sold the fabric and he gave me several dresses to wear. Jim and Peter encouraged me to appear as the lead in Under the Yum Yum Tree. I wish I had the playbill. They took pictures of me in Lilly’s fabrics and ran an ad in The New Yorker. It was my first modeling job! I left Key West with the encouragement of the wonderful artist community and went on to have a successful modeling career as a Ford model. All thanks to Jim Russell and Peter Pell.
If you are a regular reader, then you read my interview with Jacq where he told the story of Key West Hand Prints. This information from Linda gives us a bit more of the under-told story of Key West Hand Prints. Thanks so much, Linda!
UPDATE: Here’s even more from Linda.
I thought it might interest your readers what happened to me when I went to New York with the pictures. In the pictures I already sent you, Jim Russell took the color one in front of the screen in the shop. Peter Pell arranged the bolts of Hand Print Fabrics for me to lunge through, and Jim took the picture. No hair and make-up…just Key West casual. I met Suzie de Poo and Lilly Pulitzer. I was so young, but I was trying to look like Veruschka. Here are some of the first pictures taken when I went to New York. I signed with the Ford agency. They put me in the teen-age category.