Vintage News | 1970s Vogue’s Ultimate Cool Blonde

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Photo by Arthur Elgort, Vogue, March 1, 1977.



Models come and go, but every now and then one sticks around long enough to define an era. With her pristine features and glitzy choice of paramours, Patti Hansen was the face of cool, classic beauty in the 1970s. Appearing frequently on the cover of Vogue and within its pages, Hansen embodied elegance and sensuality in equal measure. Catching the eye of boundary-pushing photographers like Helmut Newton, Francesco Scavullo, and Arthur Elgort, Hansen worked consistently through the decade—not bad for a girl from Staten Island. More than simply being a beauty and a photographer favorite, Hansen became known for her unflappable attitude and air of nonchalance. Dubbed the “ultimate cool girl” by Michael Kors, as a style icon and muse, Hansen has more than stood the test of time.

As half of one of rock’s legendary couples, Hansen and her husband of 30 years, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, have set the standard for rock star–model pairings. With their daughters, Theodora and Alexandra, plus Keith’s granddaughter Ella, all successful models, the next generation already has a foothold in fashion, but nothing compares to the original.

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Photography by Arthur Elgort, Vogue, January 1, 1976.



Photography by Guy Le Baube, Vogue, September 1, 1977.



Photography by Bob Richardson, Vogue, March 1, 1976.



Photography by Helmut Newton, Vogue, March 1, 1976.



Photography by Bob Richardson, Vogue, March 1, 1976.



Photography by Steven Meisel, Vogue, August, 2004.

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