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!
Another original image, this time Monique Devereux against the backdrop of a brick wall! I must admit that MD isn’t one of my favourite GHM models she always looks like she’s ‘sucking everything in’ when being photographed and it just doesn’t look natural. Saying that she appears the same in nearly all of her shots, so perhaps I’m doing her an injustice!
On a more trivia note, we know that Monique Devereux (Monique Leitzau) was the name given to her by GHM, but was he a fan of the TV western, Hotel de Paree (1959–1960) as one of the main characters played by Judi Meredith was Monique Deveraux! I’m never sure of the Devereux spelling with GHM, as seen it in all these versions Deveraux, Devereaux, Devereux and I’ve probably used all versions at different times! Add Marie Deveraux into the mix and it justs get damn confusing!
Note: This is an original image and subject to this copyright notice, but can be shared as long as the image remains unaltered and this website is acknowledged as the source.
Another harder to find Harrison Marks Special, this time ‘Magnificent Monique’ starring Monique Deveraux of course! This was a 64 page booklet published in 1967 and accompanied the Harrison Marks 8mm cine film of the same name.
Thanks again to Simon T for providing the cover scan and filling yet another gap in my Kamera Specials