Thursday, June 2, 2011

CONTESSA CHRISTINA PAOLOZZI





SHAMELESS


Richard Avedon
Harper's Bazaar January 1962


Contessa Christina Paolozzi, was the daughter of Count Lorenzo Paolozzi of Rome and Alicia Spaulding, a United Fruit heiress. 




RICHARD AVEDON 
HARPER'S BAZAAR JANUARY 1962


The contessa had a gift for scandal that kept her in the news for more than a decade.






A PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDY OF THE NUDE BY RICHARD AVEDON 
HARPER'S BAZAAR JANUARY 1962



 After she appeared topless in the January 1962 issue of Harper’s Bazaar, the contessa was exiled from the Social Register.
     


RICHARD AVEDON 
HARPER'S BAZAAR JANUARY 1962

Police were summoned to a Hampton’s Fourth of July party after the contessa had written “bring your topless bathing suit” on a handful of invitations. Eight hundred guests showed up for the party.  



RICHARD AVEDON 
HARPER'S BAZAAR JANUARY 1962


At the age of twenty-four, Christina spurned a stable of European playboys and wed Howard Bellin, a plastic surgeon from New Jersey.




RICHARD AVEDON 
HARPER'S BAZAAR SEPTEMBER 1960

Their marriage was an open one.




RICHARD AVEDON 
HARPER'S BAZAAR SEPTEMBER 1960

At thirty-eight, after a face-lift and thigh reduction, Paolozzi enjoyed her disco life with an eighteen year-old boy-toy.




RICHARD AVEDON 
HARPER'S BAZAAR SEPTEMBER 1960

In 1981, and recently divorced from Bellin, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor and told she had only three months to live.



 RICHARD AVEDON 
HARPER'S BAZAAR SEPTEMBER 1960

She fought a brave fight for another seven years and died in 1988 at the age of fourty-nine.


CONTESSA CHRISTINA PAOLOZZI
1937 - 1988
ONCE A GREAT BEAUTY






4 comments:

Luxury Activist said...

If destiny exists and she would any way die before 50, she was right to enjoy life the way she did. As we say, life is short:-). Thanks for the post, I did not know her.

Anonymous said...

Ishared an English History book with Christina at Marymount in Rome and she talked of her dream to become a famous model..I'm glad her dream came true. A school bud

Anonymous said...

I met Christina and her husband at World House Art Gallery where I worked, in Manhattan in 1966. We found we shared the same birthday, December 3rd. She was one of the glitterati of the era - always mentioned in the society columns.

Anonymous said...

I met Christina at a party hosted by Dr. Bellin for the opening of his new office. She had numerous plastic surgeries but she was still beautiful. RIP Christina