Sondra Peterson

Sondra Peterson (born 1935) is best known as one of the top models of the 1950s and 1960s, regularly appearing on the covers of Vogue, Elle, French Vogue, Seventeen, Mademoiselle, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour and Marie Claire in the U.S. and Europe. Signed by Eileen Ford to the Ford Modeling Agency in 1957, she was photographed by the world’s leading photographers, including Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Frank Scavullo, Guy Bourdin, and Horst.

She also appeared in TV commercials, including one directed by Irving Penn, and was profiled in Eileen Ford’s Book Of Model Beauty, published by Trident Press New York (1968). Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, she was based in both New York and Paris during her modeling career, then settled in France for several years. She returned to the U.S. in the early 1990s and lives in Westchester County, New York. Recognized as a wildlife advocate, she is involved in land preservation, animal rights, and environmental issues. She is the mother of two children, Craig Filipacchi, who is in Real Estate and Amanda Filipacchi, a novelist whose latest work is entitled The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty.
 
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