Rudyard Kipling defined the idea of an “It” Girl, writing “It isn’t beauty, so to speak, nor good talk necessarily. It’s just ‘It.’” By that measure, if you have “It” you never lose it. So, in celebration of the release of “It” Girl Marianne Faithfull’s new album Horses and High Heels, we offer Flavorpill’s 10 favorite 1960s “It” Girls. Between the fashion explosion that launched the age of the supermodel, the rise of Swinging London, and the lasting impression New Wave cinema had on commercial movies, there are dozens to choose from. Narrowing it down to only ten was hard, but the ones we’ve chosen have made a lasting impression and turned their “It” Girl status into legacies we still dissect.
In the 1960s, Marianne Faithfull wasn’t just famous — she was infamous. A career that started with her discovery by Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham and the Keith-and-Mick-penned hit single “As Tears Go By” spun into a full-blown relationship with Jagger. She didn’t become notorious until the 1967 drug bust at Keith Richards’s house, where police started a rumor she was found in nothing but a fur rug (true) with a Mars bar in her ladybits (not true). She had all the makings of an “It” Girl for the times: universal good looks, unquestionable talent, and a deep desire to have a good time, consequences be damned.