JEAN DAWNAY was born in Brighton in 1925. Prior to becoming a model she worked in SOE during the Second World War. She later was known not only for her looks but also for her writing and particularly for her two autobiographical accounts of her modelling career, Model Girl, published in 1956 and How I Became a Fashion Model, published in 1958. She later married a White Russian Prince and devoted herself to philanthropy in London and Russia. She died in 2016.