Anne Austin was one of the most popular models of the ‘generation’ that began their careers in the later 1950s (like Lorraine Burnett, Paula Page, Rosa Domaille, Jackie Parker). In 1957, she was described as the ‘most exciting new discovery of the year’ and had the distinction of being the very first model to be featured in Harrison Marks’s famous Solo series.
Photographer Roger Davis recalled Anne in a feature published in Fiesta, in the early 1980s: there was no capacity for harm in her make-up. I doubt if she was capable of rage, or even stress … I suppose the most important physical difference between Anne and the other models was her height. The others were mainly small girls – in height anyway, progressing to medium. But Anne was tall, certainly five feet ten inches – in shoes at least, really high ones more. I’m six foot, and I know I always felt the need to stand up straight and tall as I could when I was with her.
‘Anne was a big girl, Junoesque, but all the same assembled with enormous skill, so that everything balanced perfectly. If you didn’t think you liked big girls, Anne could make you change your mind … To cap it all, Anne was strikingly beautiful, with wonderful colouring, dark hair with coppery natural tints, and green eyes. A knockout …‘She was a well educated and intelligent girl, softly spoken, and without any extreme accent, although from her background [middle-class, Kensington] one might have expected that … Money was obviously no problem in her family and I can only assume that she was modelling because she liked doing it, not from need’.
"Junoesque" …I like that. I don’t think many folk would use that term these days. Anne appeared in countless publications during the fifties and sixties, but appearances in the mainstream magazines such as Playboy passed her by. A shame, I would have loved to see what the stylists on the magazine would have done with such a beautiful girl.
Sources: Richard Tearle & Malcolm MacDonald Geemahn at 60’s Glam Database