Evelyn Nesbit (1884-1967) was one of the very first supermodels during th Gilded Age in America. She started modeling for artists to earn money for her family after her father died. At sixteen she moved to New York City to further her career, became a chorus girl and was introduced to Manhattan’s most renowned artists and illustrators. Soon her beautiful face was everywhere: magazine advertisements, souvenirs, calendars and she became the it-girl of her time. One of her beaux was the architect and well known libertine Stanford White who sexually assaulted her while unconscious. Despite this act she began an affair with the powerful socialite more than thirty years her senior.
A few years later her very jealous and insane multi-millionaire husband Harry Thaw shot and killed White on the roof of Madison Square Garden. The story and the following trial were widely publicized in the tabloids and the whole scandal was soon dubbed the trial of the century.
Song for today: Emeli Sandé & The Bryan Ferry Orchestra – Crazy in Love
* most photos by Rudolf Eickemeyer jr.