Margaux Hemingway

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Margaux Hemingway (February 16, 1954[1] – July 1, 1996) was an American fashion model and actress.


Early life

Margot Louise Hemingway was born in Portland, Oregon, and was the older sister of actress Mariel Hemingway and the granddaughter of writer Ernest Hemingway. When she learned that she was named for the wine, Château Margaux, which her parents, Puck and Jack Hemingway (eldest son of Ernest), were drinking the night she was conceived, she changed the original spelling from 'Margot' to 'Margaux' to match.[2] In addition to Mariel, she had another sister, Joan. She grew up on her grandfather's farm in Ketchum, Idaho. She struggled with a variety of disorders in addition to alcoholism, including bulimia and epilepsy. She allowed a video recording to be made of a therapy session related to her bulimia and it was broadcast on television. Due to dyslexia, she did not read many of the books her famous grandfather wrote.[citation needed]

Early career as a model

At six feet tall, Hemingway experienced success as a model, including a million-dollar contract for Fabergé as the spokesmodel for Babe perfume in the 1970s.[3] Her lucrative contract with Fabergé was the first million dollar contract ever awarded to a fashion model.[4] She also appeared on the covers of Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar, and appeared on the June 16, 1975 cover of Time dubbed as one of the "new beauties".[5] The September 1, 1975 cover issue of American Vogue christened Hemingway as "New York's New Supermodel."[6]

In an E! True Hollywood Story that profiled Hemingway's life, her mentor and close friend Zachary Selig discussed how he helped launch Hemingway's early career with his initial marketing and public relations work as she became a global celebrity, and he introduced her to yoga and the Solar Kundalini "Codex Relaxatia" paradigm as tools for success and to overcome some of her debilitating mental disorders. Selig and Hemingway spent time with the Hemingway family at their property in Ketchum adjacent to Sun Valley, where they both studied Solar Kundalini, yoga and meditation together. Hemingway would continue using these relaxation skills for the rest of her life.[7]

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