Model Audrey Munson
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America's first supermodel

Wander around New York City and you'll see one of the dozen statues for which Audrey Munson was the model or inspiration in the early 1900s.

But few know the tale of the woman known as America's first supermodel, or why she spent decades in an asylum, where she died at the age of 104.

Now a new book, The Curse of Beauty: The Scandalous & Tragic Life of Audrey Munson, America's First Supermodel, is bringing her story to light.

The BBC recently caught up with its author, James Bone.

Filmed & edited by Colm O'Molloy

  • 31 May 2016
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