Compiled by Dorris Wilson:
It was often pointed out that there was a very strong resemblance to the former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. As an artist who finds Linda Morand an inspiring muse I have created many collages and digital paintings. Here are some compilations of photos I find intriguing. The similarity in the facial features is amazing. Also the spontaneous poses are so similar.
Discovered by FORD
The Chic Cult
by Mariane Christy
Jacqueline Kennedy and Linda Morand recently met at that chic New York “dive” where Lost Weekend was filmed: P.J.Clarke’s and the two eyed each other suspiciously. There was every reason for the prolonged glance of cool appraisal. The two are look-alikes 21-year-old Linda Morand being the younger, prettier version. Linda, a successful Ford model who hails from a little town on Long Island, now is one of Europe’s top models with her face currently, gracing the pages and covers of the slickest fashion, magazines, such as Italian Vogue, Elle and Jardin de la Mode.
Looking like Jacqueline from the neck up and Twiggy from the neck down has catapulted her modeling career onward and upward. Linda, barely 115 pounds, measures in at five feet, 10 inches’ and she’s all flawless skin and well-placed bones with gangly legs. Designers can’t get enough of her. During high-fashion openings in Rome and Paris, she works 16 hours daily at $30 an hour. In New York, she would automatically get double that price. READ FULL ARTICLE
EXCERPT FROM “Memoirs of an Accidental Countess” by Linda Morand
“For years now, wherever I went, people would come up to me and say the same phrase: “Did anyone ever tell you, you look like Jackie Kennedy?” What was I supposed to say? “Yes, you idiot, everyone has told me! And it drives me crazy.” As a descendant of the highland Scots, I am a fierce individual. I felt defensive when people pointed out the likeness. What is the use of being considered beautiful if you can’t be original? I didn’t want to be a carbon copy of anyone. Still it beat being a tall skinny geek who couldn’t get a date in high school.
The Collections in Paris were coming up and I wanted to go. The office was crowded as a few of the top models stopped in. Eileen liked when the girls came by. She treated them like daughters. Sunny Harnett told me that Eileen would like to speak to me.
Eileen was by the table where all the bookers sat. There were charts for all the models that slid back and forth. I had been moved from the Testing Board to the Junior Board. The phone was always ringing and the bookers chatted in several languages.
“I had a talk with Diana Vreeland. “ Eileen said. She is not amused that you look so much like Jacqueline Kennedy. She doesn’t want you in Vogue. I am afraid you have an enemy of sorts. Diana and Jacqueline are very good friends. She has known Jackie since she was a child. Their families have socialized throughout the years. Diana arranged for the Dior dress and hat the Jacqueline wore at the funeral to be flown over by courier within a day. I had a feeling this would happen. That is why I was reluctant to sign you at first. However, we will work around it, making sure you are styled as differently as possible. The short hair is brilliant.”