Born 1928 in Stirling, Scottish model Myrtle Crawford started modeling in a small way. She joined the Jean Bell modeling agency, sharing a flat with another top model of the day, Susan Abraham.
Myrtle Crawford in the early 1950s
At 36-19-36, Crawford’s hourglass figure was highly fashionable in the early 1950s. She worked with many celebrated photographers of the day, including John French and Norman Parkinson. On the catwalks of Paris she also modeled for Christian Dior and other famous fashion houses.
Crawford was also one of the Aero girls, whose portraits, painted in oils by accomplished artists, were used in an eye-catching campaign to advertise Aero chocolate, the bubble-filled bars marketed in the early 1950s as “The chocolate for her”.
Crawford’s modeling career was brief but glamorous: She traveled frequently, and was well-paid, earning £5 a day at a time of post-war austerity when many were managing on £5 a month. In 1953, she married Capt John Acland and gave up her modeling career; but having trained as an architect and being a talented artist, she took up painting, studying at the Reading School of Art.
Crawford died in 2013 at the age of 85. Take a look at these fabulous photos to see the beauty of Myrtle Crawford in the early 1950s.
Myrtle Crawford wearing “en tremblant” jeweled hair piece, photo by Anthony Denney, Vogue, December 1951
Myrtle Crawford in beautiful satin evening gown worn with a stunning black lace manteau by Givenchy, photo by Philippe Pottier, 1952
Myrtle Crawford in draped taffeta dress that is rolled up in a style reminiscent of that of a washerwomen’s apron, by Grès, hat by Gilbert Orcel, photo by Philippe Pottier, 1952
Myrtle Crawford in pretty chiffon dress in colors of stained glass by Lanvin-Castillo, jewelry by Roger Scémama, photo by Philippe Pottier, 1952
Myrtle Crawford in silk afternoon dress delicately pleated throughout with finely draped neckline by Manguin, photo by Philippe Pottier, 1952