COLLEEN CORBY was one of the all-time favorite SEVENTEEN models.  
Starting her career at a very young age, posing for American Girl, The Girl
Scout magazine, Co-ed,Teen, Ingenue, she was already an experienced
model by age 16 when she first appeared on the cover of Seventeen in April
1963.  The editors for all teenage oriented magazines knew they had a hot
property in COLLEEN CORBY.

And what a young beauty she was.  She had that amazing dewiness, the
perfect glowing skin, hair and innocent on-camera movement that gradually
became more stylized as this young model grew into herself and her
signature look.
Colleen Corby: loved working with the camera and the camera simply
loved her.  She knew exactly where her best light was and always
played to that.  She was one of the first young models who capitalized
on the sultry look while retaining that innocent sweetness in the same
breath, a la junior VOGUE.  By the time she’d been in Seventeen
regularly for a year or so, she would only crack a big smile if she was
asked to do so.  She was a leader of sorts in “taking it to the next
level”.  Cutesy young model poses were okay sometimes, but we were
beginning to get beyond that, finally, and to have fun with it.

There was a fairly small group of models who seemed always to be
together in the ads and editorial pages shot for Seventeen, and those
ads often also appeared in Mademoiselle and Glamour.  This tight
group worked so smoothly together, playing off one another, just like a
band playing music, naturally finding the perfect harmonies.  It was true
creativity, and Colleen was often at center position, quietly commanding
the position she loved.  She was a great team player too, and was
always ready to compliment the lead taken by a cohort. That synergy
was what commanded the higher daily rates for ads that eventually
came with that territory.

The 60s was a magic era of modeling and the editorial pages of
Seventeen were made for developing an almost decade-long following
for its favorite models of the time.  

With her dark hair and piercing innocent eyes, Colleen was the perfect
cover girl.  She was a bit more petite than some of the other regular
Seventeen models and yet had a boldness about her mixed with that
unmistakable innocence, a very alluring combination of qualities that
the Seventeen readership practically worshipped.  She was a hero for a
whole generation of 13 to 18 year old girls, and boys, and received a
healthy-sized pile of fan mail on a monthly basis during her hottest
years.

The young readership would choose their favorite brunettes and
favorite blonds, depending usually on their own coloring.  That’s what
we all love to do, to have our icons to “relate with”.  It’s all part of the fun
of growing up, feeling a part of what’s happening, being “up with what
works” to maintain health and beauty, and of the utmost importance, as
always, WHAT DO I WEAR?, to school,  to work, to dinner, to a party or
concert, or on a great vacation trip, so that I’m exuding the confidence
of my fave models.   What would Colleen Corby or Terry Reno, or Joan
Delaney, or Rinske Hali or Wendy Hill or Jennifer O’Neil, or any of my
favorites wear to this event?  And, where’s that new issue that just came
in the mail?!!  I NEED IT NOW!!

And so, the beat goes on…   Here we all are again, lapping it up,
reminiscing together about our glorious era, whether we were the
models, or the readership who made them “famous”.

Thanks to Colleen Corby and her cohorts of the 60s, we had a great
time, and now, we get to relive it here on MiniMadMods60s!!
The Editors of All the Teen Magazines Knew They Had a Hot Property in Colleen Corby
Seventeen Magazine

Prior to Seventeen's debut in 1944, the
only magazine geared toward young
people followed either a comic book
format or fan magazine approach.
Over the past five decades Seventeen
has helped shape teenage life in
America.  Seventeen has represented
an important rite of passage helping to
define, socialize and empower young
women. Seventeen has been a
significant force for change- creating
notions of beauty and style,
proclaiming what's hot in music and
movies, identifying social issues,
celebratind idols and icons of popular
culture.
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From Wikipedia:

Colleen Corby (Born August 3, 1947) was one of the most well known and beloved teen models
of the Sixties. Colleen's modeling career began in 1959 when she was just eleven years old.[1]
[2] Two weeks after walking into Eileen Ford's modeling agency (ostensibly to look for a summer
job) Colleen was sent on her first modeling assignment. That "summer job" would last for the
next twenty years. Colleen's career took off right from the start. By the end of that first summer
her assignments were coming so steadily that her parents enrolled her in Manhattan's
Professional Children's School, which allows for the irregular schedules of actors and models. By
her last year of High School she was so busy she hardly ever attended classes.[3]


Colleen in the 1960s
By the mid-1960s Colleen's popularity was at its peak. In 1963, she signed a multi-year movie
contract with Universal Pictures, and had every intention of making acting her new career.[4] But
despite her best efforts, her acting career never got off the ground. Her popularity as a model,
however, was still strong. Her face was everywhere in the 1960s, in TV commercials, in
magazines, in catalogs. Articles were written about her in the teen magazines of the day. Colleen
was most closely associated with one magazine in particular - Seventeen magazine. She was
probably Seventeen's most popular editorial model ever, appearing on an unprecedented 15
covers[5] in the 1960s (five times in 1964 alone) and in the magazine's fashion spreads almost
every month.


1970s Career
By the 1970s Colleen's teen market was gone, but she continued to appear in magazines like
Glamour and Mademoiselle and was a fixture in the catalogs of major retailers like Sears and
JCPenney. She initially retired from modeling in 1979, when she married businessman Peter
Bernuth. Colleen briefly returned to modeling in the early Eighties, but after her second child was
born she left New York and the fashion world for good. She currently lives in Florida (where her
husband's business was located). Her last public appearance was on The Oprah Winfrey Show
with four other supermodels from the 1960s. (Oprah praised her as her favorite model during
her teen years and the one she most closely identified with at that time.)


Notes
^ The earliest known modeling photo of Colleen is a 1959 Girl Scout Equipment Catalog cover.
^ The 1965 Professional Children's School Yearbook states that Colleen began attending the
school six years earlier.
^ "Colleen Corby: My How She's Grown — Not Older, Just Better ", Models, Sept/Oct 1975.
^ Todd, R. "Colleen Corby — America's Number 1 Teenage Model!", Teen, Dec 1964.
^ "Colleen Corby: My How She's Grown — Not Older, Just Better ", Models, Sept/Oct 1975.

Colleen appeared on the cover of the following issues of Seventeen magazine: Apr, July, Sept,
Nov & Dec 1964; Aug 1965; Mar 1966; Feb & May 1967; Apr, May, June & Sept 1968; and Feb
& Mar 1969.
"Oprah Winfrey, said: 'My teen idol was Colleen Corby,
who was a model in Seventeen magazine. There were not
many
black models at the time ...'"
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