Audrey Munson – 1st Supermodel

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Miss Manhattan: Audrey Munson

Walking the streets of Manhattan, it would be impossible to say we haven’t noticed Audrey Munson before. Her likeness has watched over New York City for almost a century in the form of regal carvings, adorning buildings, bridges and fountains. Audrey was discovered walking down Broadway at 15 years old by Photographer Ralph Draper and was subsequently introduced to sculptor Isidor Konti. For a very fleeting period of time, Audrey Munson was the go-to Model/Muse for nearly all of the sculptors, photographers and painters throughout New York City.

Her meteoric rise to fame in the early 1910s ended almost as quickly as it began. Nearly a decade after being discovered, Audrey’s reputation was in tatters after becoming embroiled in a murder scandal involving her former Landlord on West 65th Street. Although being cleared of any implications in the murder, she could no longer find work and moved back to her hometown of Mexico, New York with her mother. After a suicide attempt and deteriorating mental health, Audrey was committed to Saint Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg, New York, where she lived out the rest of her days. The woman once known as ‘Miss Manhattan’ died virtually forgotten in 1996, at the age of 105.

I, for one, would hope that today she would be able to find a path that was not directly related to her outer image being worshiped. Feminism gives equality and worth to women, something which benefits all mankind. #MarchforERA

Check out this video by Roberto Serrini on the life of Audrey Munson:

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