A French fashion model and muse of Hubert de Givenchy, Simone Bodin was renamed Bettina Graziani by the designer Jacques Fath who told her: “We already have a Simone; you look to me like a Bettina”. Graziani was one of the first and highest paid supermodels of the twentieth century and after a brief marriage to a photographer became the fiancée of the playboy prince Prince Aly Khan in 1955. He was killed in a car crash near Paris in 1960 but left her $280,000 (the equivalent of £1.5 million today). She claimed that she owed her “success more to an expressive face than to my good looks” and in later years became a poet and Commander of France’s Order of Arts and Letters.
A classic beauty and a style icon. A pity that Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell can’t display the same level of class.
$280k fifty years ago woul be worth more than £1.5 m today I would venture