45 Stunning Photos of Model Nena von Schlebrügge in the 1950s and ’60s

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Born 1941 in Mexico City, Nena von Schlebrügge is a Mexican-born former fashion model of Swedish and German ancestry from the 1950s and 1960s. She was discovered by Vogue photographer Norman Parkinson at the age of 14 when he was on a tour in Stockholm, Sweden in 1955.

Nena von Schlebrügge in the 1950s and 1960s

In 1957, Nena moved to London, England, to pursue a career in high-fashion modeling. She found immediate success and was invited to come to New York City by Eileen Ford of the Ford Modeling Agency to continue her modeling career.

In 1958, at the age of 17, Nena arrived in New York City to continue her career as a top model, working at Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. She was photographed by many fashion photographers, including Gleb Derujinsky.

From 1987 to 1989, Nena was the Program Director at the New York Open Center and, from 1991 to 2002, was the Managing Director of Tibet House US located in New York City.

Since 2001, Nena has been the Managing Director of the Tibet House US-owned Menla Mountain Retreat, where she has overseen the construction of a state-of-the-art Tibetan medicinal spa facility and business in the Catskill Mountains in Phoenicia, New York. She is also a psychotherapist.

These stunning photos of Nena von Schlebrügge were part of her work in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

American fashion model Nena von Schlebrügge, photographed for British Vogue, May 1957

Nena in fur coat, photo by Norman Parkinson used for the cover of British Vogue, Sept. 1958

Nena in royal blue three-piece suit of Scottish wool-reindeer hair tweed, 7/8 coat over slim skirt with blue paisley silk blouse by David Crystal, hat by Lilly Daché, photo by Karen Radkai, Vogue, August 15, 1959

Nena von Schlebrugge in bright red cable knit sweater and skirt by Robert Sloan, hat by John Frederics, earrings by Napier, photo by Gleb Derujinsky, Harper’s Bazaar, circa 1959

Nena von Schlebrugge in dress and 7/8 coat by David Crystal with matching hat by Lilly Daché, photo by Joseph Leombruno, Vogue, 1959

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