Monique – A Walk on the Wild Side!

If you read this blog more than once you will know as well as publishing images of my favourite models from the 1950’s and 60’s by GHM and other photographers, I’m also interested on what happened to them beyond. Did the models carry on, did they retire or did they take up a totally unrelated career, are just some of the things that interest me.  Some are easy and already well documented such as Margaret Nolan, Pamela Green and June Palmer, but for others it is less well known what happened to them.

Well thanks to a great article by Gavcrimson on his blog a little more light has now been shed on Monique Devereux (Monique Leitzau).
A Monique Devereux (Original) Posing for GHM with a Studio Background.

Gav’s article aptly called ‘All the boys love Monique Deveraux‘ goes into detail about the less glamorous side of modelling and amateur photography through the eyes one of such amateur photographer named Dave.  I won’t go through the details as you can read Gav’s article from the link above, but what it does do is give us a small insight (via Dave’s own page) about Monique.

Dave’s own page about Monique (Here) throws up some interesting things about Monique post her GHM days, such as …
  • She lived and worked around the Tipton/Dudley area.
  • She worked as an assistant in a photo shop in Walsall and modelled for a photo studio attached to the shop.
  • She allowed a more ‘hands on’ type of photo session for some amateurs.
  • Her boobs were FALSE! She had silicone implants, this I did not know, but I suppose the hands on approach confirmed this!
  • She continued to live and work in a bar in the Wolverhampton area.
Dave also comments that he also photographed Paula Page and that she was fairly short and this made her boobs looked disproportionately large. He also enjoyed the softness of her boobs before she stopped modelling, which indicates another more hands on approach.

So for all the glamour we see in the publications of GHM, there was also a more down to earth side to the models, where they continued to model and earn a living through the avenues of amateur photography. Much to the pleasure of those such as Dave that had the opportunity to photograph these models and then share the outputs with us.

Thanks go to Gav for a heads up on his article and ultimately Dave for sharing his insight into Monique!


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4 Comments

  1. The silicone breasts were no secret, and were far from perfect in fact her early GHM pics are a dead giveaway, however as she matured the silicone look disappeard somewhat, as she filled out more. I would be interested to know if she is still living. If she is, she must be a good age now. My guess around 70

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    • Well it was news to me, although Monique isn't one of my favourites so hadn't delved into much about her until now! Yes, it would be good to know if she is still around and like most of the models around that time they will be getting into their late 60's and 70's

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  2. Monique was always a great favourite of mine, she made some interersting films too, Medium Rare was soft core but quite hilarious concerning a seance. She wore a blonde wig in that one. Regards Rod.

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