Girl in pearls goes off to war: Country Life "page three" model deployed with infantry
Girl in pearls goes off to war: Country Life “page three” model deployed with infantry
1:15 AM on 26th May 2011
Smiling demurely into the camera, she looks like the ideal English rose for the ‘girls in pearls’ page.
But Harriet Haslam-Greene leads a more eventful life than most debutantes.
Only weeks after posing for Country Life magazine’s ‘posh Page Three’, the 24-year-old swapped frontispiece for front line.
From “posh page three” model (right), to soldier, left: 24 yr old Second Lieutenant Hattie Haslam-Greene is now serving in Helmand in Afghanistan
The issue in question: In the posh slot Miss Haslam -Greene oozes elegance
The second lieutenant has been deployed to Helmand in Afghanistan with The Highlanders, 4th Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
Before she left she was photographed for the Country Life spot that is often graced by aristocracy.
Miss Haslam-Greene, known as Hattie to her friends and comrades, wore her long brunette hair down and dressed in a conservative dogtooth check dress.
Sporting a pair of drop pearl earrings and an expensive French manicure, she oozes elegance and shows no trace of her gruelling day job.
Miss Haslam-Greene, who is from West Sussex, was educated at the women-only Newnham College at Cambridge University.
She joined the Army 18 months ago, leaving Sandhurst in August and joining the Intelligence Corps.
She is currently based in Lashkar Gah and is a member of a team whose role is to build better relationships with the women of Afghanistan. Country Life editor Mark Hedges said: ‘It is great to see a girl who is a soldier and going off to war getting her day as a model.
‘And she looks wonderful both as a pretty girl sitting at home in her own clothes and in Afghanistan.’
He said the magazine shipped copies out to Afghanistan every month, which were well received by the soldiers.
The ‘girls in pearls’ frontispiece was established in 1897 and has featured hundreds of aristocratic young women and a line of royals including Princess Anne and recently her daughter Zara Phillips.
The latest issue of Country Life is available now.