America’s first supermodel Evelyn Nesbit was most desired 100 years ago for photoshoots, advertisements and fashion. Born in 1884, Evelyn was an epitome of beauty in the 20th century and was the popular cover face on women’s magazines of the period, including Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, The Delineator, Women’s Home Companion, Ladies’ Home Journal and Cosmopolitan.
Nesbit’s modeling career began when she was just 14, through a serendipitous encounter with an artist who was struck by the teenager’s beauty and evocative charm. The artist asked Nesbit to pose for a portrait and, after verifying that the artist was a woman, Mrs. Nesbit agreed to let her daughter pose. Nesbit sat for five hours and earned one dollar (approximately $27.50 in 2016).
An acclaimed artist Stanford White who was 47-year-old then changed the little girl’s life forever by sleeping next to her after making her unconscious with alcohol. Millionaire Harry Kendall Thaw who later became Nesbit’s husband took revenge from Thaw by shooting and killing him instantly.
Nesbit ended up donating money to anarchist Emma Goldman before spending her elderly years teaching art in California. She died at the age of 82.