It’s a testament to Marisa Berenson and how she’s lived her life that her modeling career is but one fleeting chapter in a series of creatively stylish and internationally fabulous moves and maneuvers. Then again, given her origins as the granddaughter of the legendary designer Elsa Schiaparelli and the daughter of jetsetting socialite Gogo Schiaparelli, a life of high style and glamour was probably in the cards for her no matter what choices she made.
As a child (she is now 72) she was taught to dance by Gene Kelly. Greta Garbo came to her parents’ parties; Salvador Dalí – a friend of her grandmother, the designer Elsa Schiaparelli – wanted to paint her. The legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland pushed her to become a model – Yves Saint Laurent would describe her as “the face of the 70s” – and she was photographed by giants such as David Bailey, Irving Penn and Richard Avedon. Andy Warhol photographed her wedding.
She moved onto acting by the early ’70s, making memorable turns in 1972’s Cabaret and 1975’s Barry Lyndon before walking away from it all. After decades of living the high-glamour life, she now lives in a villa in Marrakech, the place where she spent part of her modeling and jet-setting years in an ashram with the Beatles because… well, because of course she did. She basically lived the life Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone would have killed for – and left behind the kind of modeling portfolio even the biggest names in the game would envy. And she’s still drop-dead fabulous. Of course she is. It’s in her bones.
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