The Parker clan became known for their tall, Amazonian like features.
However, it was the shortest of the sisters, Dorian, who got the first
big modeling break. Some even think the title of “first supermodel”
should be her prize. With her older sister’s popularity growing, Suzy
was keen to follow in her well-heeled footsteps. The chance came by way
of some sisterly support. When the Ford modeling agency came calling,
Dorian had a condition: they only got to represent her if they took in
her little sister. Now, keep in mind, no one had seen Suzy before so it
was a bit of a gamble but they agreed. That gamble paid off and while
Dorian was a pioneer, Suzy’s popularity soon catapulted to new heights
for the industry. She was the first model to wear the hat of brand
ambassador, becoming the unofficial, official face for Chanel (even
becoming close friends with Coco herself).
Suzy was photographed by all
the greats and was gracing magazine covers – even sewing pattern books.
(Talk about a sign of the times – could you even imagine the Instagram
models of today on the cover of a sewing pattern? …) Suzy wasn’t just graceful in front of the camera, but had a
strong understanding of the behind-the-camera world, a capable editor
and photographer in her own right. Her presence was everywhere in
post-war, consumer driven America. Suzy’s easy smile and striking
features oozed that “can do” attitude the American woman could identify
with. All this presence made her a bit of a brand in her own right and
was the first model to break the $100,000 per year salary. ( – that’s about $1 million in this day and