The Model Chinese Crested Hairless

The Chinese Crested Hairless was recognized by England’s Kennel Club in 1981, but eleven years later when this photo was taken by Eric Boman for Vogue/UK in 1992, the breed was still considered rare. There are different reasons why Creative Directors for a fashion photo shoot might include dogs, and indeed, specific breeds;  it’s possible that the Crested was included in this shoot to lend an exotic twist to the image. It was a scene that Eric Boman would repeat not only with the same German Supermodel, Nadja Auermann, but with the same breed:

Chinese Crested Hairless,Vogue,Eric Boman,Nadja Auermann

Auermann would appear with other breeds in other shoots that includes Great Danes,  a Jack Russell Terrier, Newfoundlands, and a Doberman Pinscher.

Once described as having  an “ice maiden visage and pole vaulter’s legs,” Auermann was a fashion designer’s dream for being able to wear clothes like a coat hanger. She even once held the record for being the model with the longest legs in the world in the Guinness Book of Records on both 1997 and 1999 (44 inches, if you’re wondering). For as comfortable as she seemed around dogs, we couldn’t find any mention of her (or Boman, for that matter) of having owned their own dog.

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