Sixties star Jean Shrimpton snapped in Cornwall
Out of the shadows, the Shrimp at 68: Sixties star Jean Shrimpton snapped in Cornwall
12:42 AM on 13th May 2011
Grey-haired, prim and almost severe, it’s hard to imagine that this is the woman who epitomised the Swinging Sixties in London, and introduced the mini-skirt to the masses.
But this is Jean Shrimpton, nearly half a century since her heyday as one of the first supermodels.
The 68-year-old, formerly known as The Shrimp, was seen near the hotel in Cornwall where she has lived as a virtual recluse with her husband since quitting the fashion industry more than 30 years ago.
Matronly: Jean Shrimpton pictured near the hotel she now runs, 30 years after quitting the fashion business
She has always been honest about loathing the ageing process, telling the Daily Mail ten years ago: ‘I lie in bed sometimes and think “ugh”, I don’t like my looks at all.’
After marrying photographer Michael Cox in 1979, the pair had a son, Thaddeus, now 32.
Shortly after, the family bought the hotel which they now run together.
Face of the Sixties: Miss Shrimpton in her heyday
She said recently: ‘I am a melancholy soul.
“I’m not sure contentment is obtainable and I find the banality of modern life terrifying. I sometimes feel I’m damaged goods.’
Miss Shrimpton’s appearance comes after the BBC revealed Doctor Who star Karen Gillan is to play her in a BBC4 film about the model’s affair with photographer David Bailey.
We’ll Take Manhattan is due to be screened later this year.
Miss Shrimpton met Bailey, to whom she later became engaged after he left his wife for her, when she was 18 and he was 23.
Bailey is credited with helping to turn his muse into one of the world’s most successful models, but she broke his heart when she left him for actor Terence Stamp.