Good Morning Miss Manhattan!

Who was Miss Manhattan?

Well I will confess, I wasn't aware of her existence until this morning.

But once I heard her story, while getting ready for work, I haven't been able to shake it for the rest of the day. I mean, it only got more poignant when I came to work and started designing a lesson about Prison & Asylum Reform in the 1800's.

Audrey Munson with photographer Arnold Genthe's cat, Buzzer, in 1915
(public domain) 

Miss Manhattan is a model named Audrey Munson. You can see Audrey, in various forms of dress, all over the streets of New York City and in museums around the world. Miss Munson was an artist's model, especially known for her nude work and her ability to define emotions through her bodily form.


You can read more about Audrey, her modeling career, her failed cinema work, an attempted suicide, and what ultimately lead to her being committed to an asylum on her fortieth birthday. Oh! and she was embroiled in a murder scandal in the middle of this mess of a life. 

Special thanks to 99 Percent Invisible for bring this story into my Monday morning. You can read their excellent episode notes on her life here

I'll see you on Friday for another #5FandomFriday! Until then, and as always, stay exceptionally chic & exquisitely geek! 




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