Good looks run in the family: Beautiful images of Uma Thurman's mother as a young model in 1950s London revealed
15:18 GMT, 10 August 2012
From these pictures of her mother, it's easy to see where actress Uma Thurman gets her stunning good looks from.
The snaps of Nena von Schlebrugge were taken for Vogue when she worked as model in the 1950s.
The shots were taken in a London alleyway by photographer Norman Parkinson and show Nena wearing items from Yves Saint Laurent’s first collection for Christian Dior.
Striking: Uma Thurman's mother Nena von Schlebrugge poses in a London alleyway for fashion photographer Norman Parkinson
Going under the hammer: The pictures taken in 1958 will be auctioned at Christie's London in September
Parkinson first spotted Mexican-born Nena's model potential when he met her in
Stockholm, Sweden, when she was 14-years-old. He was one of the first photographers to take the models out of the studio and into more unusual environments.
The photographs are to go under the hammer at Christie's London in September.
The two photographs of her in the alleyway are expected to fetch 4,000 pounds while another picture of her near the Palace of Westminster is estimated to make 6,000.
Nena went on to have a successful modelling career as she moved to New York and posed for the Ford Modelling Agency.
Like mother, like daughter: Actress Uma Thurman has inherited her mother's good looks
She later married Robert Thurman and had four children, including Uma, who has starred in films including Kill Bill and Pulp Fiction.
Uma said she is full of admiration for how her mother pursued a modelling career when she was still just a teenager.
'She's a very strongly independent person. She went off to make her future at a really young age. At around 15, she went from Stockholm to England. Imagine that in about 1950,' told Reader's Digest Australia.
Role model: Uma, pictured with her parents, said she admired her mother for forging a career as a model when she was a teenager
She added that she's surprised when people say she has inherited her mother's good looks.
'I'm not classically attractive. I've always been sort of an acquired taste,' she said.
She said that her mother, who is now managing director of Menla Mountain
Retreat in New York state, warned her not to get 'attached' to beauty.
'My mother always made it very clear to me that, whatever you look like now, you're going to look worse later. Don't get too attached to your beauty because it's not yours to keep. Don't go around thinking that it's some big bonus and that you can count on it,' she said.
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