Veruschka’s Wild Ways

And now, a video moment for the inimitable Veruschka. The legendary model, actress and artist may have been born into a wealthy German family (which ended soon enough), but never seemed to mind getting her hands dirty for the sake of art. Or her arms, butt cheeks, eyelids, hair, feet or entire body, as when she took a sojourn to Kenya in the early 70s with photographer Peter Beard. The idea was to capture her channeling wild animals and being one with nature, yet the staggering lengths they went to achieve these looks, sometimes only with shoe polish, will blow your mind. It’s Avatar before computers. 


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