Selfies

January 14, 2015 at 10:05 pm | Posted in Photo Groups | 6 Comments
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It was not until I purchased an iPad, three months ago, that I realized what selfies were. Until then, I read about them in newspapers but didn’t understand what was being discussed. Not really. I guess I had some vague idea. After I purchased the iPad, I got the picture (pun intended) about selfies. But I had no desire to take one.

In bed last night, around midnight, I couldn’t sleep. Tossed and turned. Played solitaire on my iPad. Then suddenly, I thought, “I want to take a selfie.”

So I looked up the instructions for using the camera and took one – without makeup, my hair messed from lying down. “Oh, how horrible,” I thought. I quickly got up, slathered on makeup and took a few more. Below is the result. Now you can see what a “kind of pretty” 21-year-old looks like when she reaches 74.

Generally, I don’t use a foundation, as I did in those “after” photos except for very special occasions, and I don’t have many “special occasions” any more. I just use eyebrow pencil and lipstick as every day makeup. For this impromptu photo session I also added blush on my cheeks and an eyelid liner. When I modelled at 21, I used lipstick, eyebrow pencil, and eyelid liner. I guess I should have used foundation and blush as well, because it seems to improve my appearance in photos. (I don’t think that foundation improves appearance in “real” life; it looks too fake except under evening lighting conditions. Blush seems to make my face look a bit nicer, but usually I’m too lazy to add blush to my every day makeup routine.)

Before Makeup

Shannon Moeser without makeup on Jan 14, 2015.

Shannon Moeser without makeup on Jan 14, 2015.

After Makeup

Shannon Moeser after slathering on makeup, Jan 14, 2015.

Shannon Moeser after slathering on makeup, Jan 14, 2015.

A Unique Find

August 26, 2013 at 7:48 pm | Posted in Photo Groups | Leave a comment
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George (known as “Teogan” to former My Archives members) recently discovered this picture on eBay, informed me and I won the auction. It is unique because, to the best of my knowledge, it is the only published colour photo of my dark blond hair. Elmer Batters took it — read “Nude in Black and Blonde” if you don’t remember the episode. The fact that my hair ends are nicely flipped tells me that he took it early in our session; my ultra-fine hair drooped quickly. All the other photos I’ve seen from that session are in black and white. Five other photos appear in the Champagne magazine feature (entitled “Nude in Black Gloves”), but this full-page picture is the only one in colour. Maybe after taking this photo, Batters decided that colour film wasn’t suitable for the lighting setup. (He liked to work with natural light, even when indoors.)

Gloria Dawn colour photo taken by Elmer Batters and published in Champagne.

Gloria Dawn colour photo taken by Elmer Batters and published in Champagne, 1965.

The photo does not appear to have been touched up in any way.  Even my appendix scar, which is often air brushed out in nude photos, is visible.  I did find my lips disconcerting; they appear garish and odd shaped.  It’s not the bright red colour; photographers often asked me to wear bright red lipstick, even when I had light blond hair.  It’s the shape.  After zooming in on them using Photoshop, I realized that the makeup artist had drawn them larger than normal, and my normal lips are full enough, thank you very much.  It’s as if she was not used to working with full-lipped models (and actresses) and drew her pencil lines beyond the natural ridges, making them appear bizarre.  Below, on the left, is a close up of my lips are they appear in the photo; on the right is my attempt to draw my lips their proper shape using Photoshop.  (My Photoshop skills are not perfect, so this is only an approximate rendering of how my lips should have appeared.)

My true lip shape (approximate).

My true lip shape (approximate).

A close-up of my lips as they appeared in the photo above.

A close-up of my lips as they appeared in the photo above.

In black and white photos, the garish red disappears amongst the ridges of my natural lip line as seen below. But in that colour movie, which was never completed, I must have looked tawdry. Probably one reason the movie was never completed.

My true lips shine through the garish red when photographed in black and white.  Photo taken during same session as the one above.

My true lips shine through the garish red when photographed in black and white. Photo taken during same session as the one above.

The black and white photos in the Champagne feature are full-length and more flattering than the colour photo. As per the “Donna Cole” set (see: http://gloriadawn.wordpress.com/2013/06/13/donna-cole-picture/), I am wearing black nylons, black gloves and a teeny black bikini bottom. In the Champagne pictures, taken before filming began, I look more refreshed. Also, Batters took pains to make my breasts more attractive. He didn’t always focus 100% on legs, you know. Eventually, I’ll post the complete set on gloriadawn.wordpress.com. But don’t look for them to appear soon. I have lots of other things to do first.

PS (to “Finally, a True Blurb”)

July 4, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Posted in Photo Groups | 3 Comments
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The only thing Adam 1964 forgot to mention was that I had also appeared in Adam thirteen months earlier (Dec 1962). These were some of my favorite photos, taken by Phil Jacobson. I wonder why Adam 1964 (Jan 1964) failed to mention that I was in the earlier feature?

Gloria Dawn by Phil Jacobson.  (Published in Adam 1962, under the "Gloria Dawn" name.)

Gloria Dawn by Phil Jacobson. (Published in Adam 1962, with the “Gloria Dawn” name.)

Gloria Dawn by Phil Jacobson.  (Published in Adam 1962 with the "Gloria Dawn" name.)

Gloria Dawn by Phil Jacobson. (Published in Adam 1962 with the “Gloria Dawn” name.)

Gloria Dawn by Phil Jacobson.  (Published in Adam 1962 with the "Gloria Dawn" name.)

Gloria Dawn by Phil Jacobson. (Published in Adam 1962 with the “Gloria Dawn” name.)

Finally, A True Blurb

July 4, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Posted in Photo Groups | 6 Comments
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I just got a new Adam magazine with new “Susan Norman” photos of me, taken by Keith Bernard. I was surprised to find that the blurb accompanying the photo layout was TRUE. He got my measurements correct (well maybe cut one inch off the hips) — but mostly correct, whereas most of the blurbs are way off. He also correctly identified my birthplace (Canada) and where I was currently living (Hollywood). But most of all, he got the fact that I was planning to go to Africa correct. The only thing I found odd was that when I modeled for Keith, in early June 1963, I was planning to go to Kenya, but I’m sure that I never mentioned Tanganyika, because I never even thought of going there until I re-connected with an African I’d met two years earlier; I didn’t reconnect with him until August 1963. Keith may have kept accurate notes, but he couldn’t have known about Tanganyika. My agent didn’t know where I’d gone. Only a couple of close friends at the Hollywood Studio Club knew. So Keith must have found out that I’d left for Tanganyika from one of them. Anyway, here is the page (full-page B&W photograph) censored.

Gloria Dawn by Keith Bernard.  (Published in Adam 1964 with the name "Susan Norman."

Gloria Dawn by Keith Bernard. (Published in Adam 1964 with the “Susan Norman” name.)

Photos That Never Made The Cover

January 18, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Posted in Photo Groups | 5 Comments
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These “Gloria Dawn” photos were shot by Ron Vogel with the intention of becoming cover photos but were never published.

Gloria Dawn in Blue (1) by Ron Vogel

Gloria Dawn in Blue (1) by Ron Vogel

Gloria Dawn in Blue (2) by Ron Vogel

Gloria Dawn in Blue (2) by Ron Vogel

Gloria Dawn in Black Lace (1) by Ron Vogel

Gloria Dawn in Black Lace (1) by Ron Vogel

Gloria_Dawn_black_lace (2) by Ron Vogel

Gloria_Dawn_black_lace (2) by Ron Vogel

Gloria_Dawn_black_lace (3) by Ron Vogel

Gloria_Dawn_black_lace (3) by Ron Vogel

Favorite Face Photos

October 17, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Posted in Photo Groups | 6 Comments
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These are some of my favorite “Gloria Dawn” face photos. Several of them have been cropped from larger photos:

Gloria Dawn by Ron Vogel

The above photo is one that was never published. It was taken by Ron Vogel in May 1962. Here my eyes and hair colour are correct, whereas in many published photos, my eyes are brown and my hair is whiter than it really was.

Gloria Dawn by Bill Margate

Another photo that was never published. It was taken by my agent, Bill Margate, in January 1962. It was never intended to be published, but formed part of my portfolio shown to photographers. This was the first photo in which I showed my teeth when I smiled; before viewing this, I had always smiled with a closed mouth.

Gloria Dawn by Michael LeRoy

This one was taken by Michael LeRoy in May 1963. Again, that big smile. Again, never published.

Gloria Dawn by Ron Vogel (2)

Here I’m more pensive. This photo was also taken by Ron Vogel — this time in February 1962 — and although this particular version was never published, a similar photo was published in Bachelor’s Best in 1964.

Gloria Dawn by Ron Vogel (3)

Another photo by Ron Vogel, with a flirting look. Again a photo that was never published. Taken in May 1962.

Gloria Dawn by Donald Klumpp.  (Published in Escapade, Dec 63)

Gloria Dawn by Donald Klumpp. (Published in Escapade, Dec 63)

A nice photo of my face taken by Donald Klumpp and published in the December 1963 issue of Escapade.  Klumpp took several good pictures of me but only published one set (in Escapade).  See also:  http://pinupmemories.wordpress.com/2013/02/10/gloria-dawn-aka-shannon-m/ for an excellent copy of Klumpp’s Escapade centerfold taken at the same time as the above picture.

Gloria Dawn by Michael LRoy.  (Published in Monsieur, 1964.)

Gloria Dawn by Michael LRoy. (Published in Monsieur, 1964.)

A colour photo by Michael LeRoy that was published in Monsieur magazine.  LeRoy took only a few colour photos during his shoot.

Gloria Dawn by Elmer Batters

This photo by Elmer Batters was taken in June 1963. It was published in Nylon Jungle, v1 n6 (1963). Again, that flirty look.

Gloria Dawn by Elmer Batters.  (Published in Late Show and called "Leslie Southern" in the magazine.)

Gloria Dawn by Elmer Batters. (Published in Late Show and called “Leslie Southern” in the magazine.)

Another photo by Elmer Batters, this time taken when I had dark blond hair.  It was published in Late Show and I was called “Leslie Southern” by the magazine.

Gloria Dawn by Michael LeRoy (2)

Here is another unpublished photo by Michael LeRoy, taken in May 1963. This one is somewhere between a flirt and a smile.

Gloria Dawn by Ron Vogel (4)

Ron Vogel published several pictures of me laughing. He was the only photographer who was able to capture me while in the midst of a laugh. This one was was taken in February 1962 and published in Sir, 1966. Unfortunately the magazine’s print quality was poor, and so this is not a high-quality photo. But it is a good laugh.

Magazine Covers

July 29, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Posted in Photo Groups | 4 Comments
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Magazine cover appearances:

Gloria Dawn, Carnival Sep 1962

Gloria Dawn, Topper Sep 1962

Gloria Dawn, Figure Annual 1963

Gloria Dawn, Frolic Apr 1964

Gloria Dawn, Sparkle 1964

Gloria Dawn, Escapade Dec 1964

Gloria Dawn, TAB Feb 1966

Gloria Dawn, Beau Mar 1967


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