Keeler

I thought the recent death of former disgraced minister John Profumo offered an excellent excuse to post this now-classic picture by Lewis Morley of the woman at the heart of the affair, Christine Keeler, partly because it became a 20th century photographic icon. It has been repeated and referenced and homaged and pastiched countless times since – the movie posters for Basic Instinct 2 (lord save us) have Sharon Stone in a clear imitation of this pose even today – fictional characters such as Lara Croft have been pictured this way. And the other reason I thought I’d post it was that it was a simple but effective photograph and, frankly, she looks quite gorgeous there, an almost perfect combination of sexual allure with vulnerability and shyness.