Thursday, August 21, 2014

A musical homage to Miss Europe, featuring Suzy Solidor

Louise Brooks starred in the 1930 French film, Prix de beauté, which is sometimes called Beauty Prize or Miss Europe, in English speaking countries. Since the late 1920s, a European beauty pageant proved popular, and the Brooks' film ties in to it. RadioLulu even features a song by a male vocalist titled "Miss Polonia" (Miss Poland).

Here is a video tribute to some of the women named Miss Europe. They include:

-1929: Erzsébet Simon (Hungary)
-1930: Aliki Diplarakou (Greece)
-1931: Jeanne Juilla (France)
-1933: Tatiana Maslow (Soviet Union)
-1937: Britta Wikström (Finland)

The music is by Suzy Solidor, herself a beauty and a woman sometimes referred to as the “most painted woman in the world”. She was photographed by Man Ray (famously in the nude), and she posed for some of the most celebrated artists of her day including Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Raoul Dufy, Tamara de Lempicka, Marie Laurencin, Jean Cocteau, Francis Picabia, and Kees van Dongen.

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