Lost in the 80s with model Nancy Donahue

Nancy Donahue circa 1980s

The highlight of this week was interviewing Nancy Donahue, one of the most famous models of the 70s and 80s: a regular on the cover of Vogue, Harper’s, Self, Madmoiselle and the go-to model for Cover Girl and Almay cosmetics. She dominated the fashion and beauty scene back then with modelling buddies Kelly Emberg and Kim Alexis, who she is still close friends with today.

Today Nancy is an ex-triathlete and co-founder of BelleCore bodybuffer (available at BeautyMART) – a fitness and beauty gadget that helps to smooth skin, boosts circulation, improve lymphatic drainage and eliminate lactic acid after intense exercise. After her heyday in front of the camera, Nancy went on to become a fitness trainer, competing triathlete and mother and now her bodybuffer is the perfect accessory to her life of health, fitness and wellbeing.

So there we were in BeautyMART’s concession in Harvey Nichols chatting freely about vintage fashion, beauty trends from the 1980s, fitness and triathlons. Far from being a snooty ex-supermodel, Nancy was down to earth, natural and full of  youthful energy.

Having spent today writing up my interview with her for the BeautyMART blog (where I’m the Online Ed) and a guest post for the brilliant Lovely’s Vintage, I thought I’d share some of her most stand out works with some of the world’s best


US Vogue, shot by Eric Boman; make-up artist Alberto Fava… (left)..and photo by Patrick Demarchelier (bottom left)

Nancy Donahue circa 1980s Vogue Eric Boman  Nancy Donahue Vogue

Nancy Donahue in fab 80s clothesNancy Donahue in 80s clothes

Nancy Donahue mag beautymart


Model Nancy Donahue photo Patrick Demarchelier


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