In all probability you haven't heard of our current Femme Fatale
She is one of the hundreds of pin-up models that have been lost to history.
In the research done for this entry, her photos were found only in two
magazines--Gent and Hi-Life, both from 1959.
These issues don't give you much to go on beyond calling her the "Black
Satin Kitten." Usually you can get at least a kernel of biographical
information (or at least a set of measurements) with the text that accompanies
pictorials, but in
Marnelle's case, you are left with just
a amazing set of photos. From the outset you might just consider her another
page boy cut
Bettie Page clone,
but looking at Marnelle's shots, you can tell there's something
more iconic about her. Her look is more like what you see of modern models
trying to look "retro." Maybe the lack of personal information creates
a false sense of mystery, but even with text these photos would still have
a power all their own. When you look at her pictures, she express an attitude
that transcends cute little magazine write-ups. There in something in her
demeanor that exudes a sophistication you usually don't find in 1950's
cheesecake shots. Her look is rather that of a contemporary fashion model.
She has poise, grace, slight exoticism, and a smoldering sultriness. Being
caught in the heyday of the buxom blonde, raven haired beauties always
stood out, but Marnelle's photos have the ability to stop
you in your tracks.