BAILEY'S BACK; Catherine Bailey Quit Modelling at 25 to Raise a Family and Grow Apples. by Retiring from the Public Eye She Guaranteed the Success of Her Marriage to David Bailey. but Now She's Looking for a Little Limelight of Her Own, Says Annabel Rivkin
Byline: ANNABEL RIVKIN
Although Catherine Bailey hasn't done much commercial modelling for 20 years, few can be more accustomed to having a lens pointed in their direction.
Her husband, David Bailey, has snapped her, filmed her (he even made a South Bank Show about her) and recorded their life together ever since they met on an Avon Calendar shoot 25 years ago. He has taken erotic pictures of her; pictures of her gardening; while pregnant; he even filmed her in labour.
'He has a camera with him at all times,' she says. 'If he sees something he likes, he takes a picture.' Historically, Bailey's women - Shrimpton, Deneuve, Helvin - acted as his muses but they never had his children; never changed their names (actually he didn't marry Shrimpton). Catherine, perhaps the calmest woman I have ever met, is the quiet half of a partnership that continues to work, without any scandal or hiccup.
Bailey is constantly referred to as a former womaniser because of his high-profile list of conquests. But you date who you meet and photographers meet models. For many years Catherine was his 'fourth wife' [there was an early marriage to a Rosemary Bramble] rather than just his 'wife' but she was never unduly concerned about his reputation, realising that such panic could never be anything but counterproductive. 'I am not a jealous person,' she says. 'It's just too disruptive. It eats you up and destroys things so it's better to throw it away if you can.' But after bringing up their three children, Catherine is poised for her comeback. Having joined the books of London agency ICM, she is waiting to see whether …
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Publication information: Article title: BAILEY'S BACK; Catherine Bailey Quit Modelling at 25 to Raise a Family and Grow Apples. by Retiring from the Public Eye She Guaranteed the Success of Her Marriage to David Bailey. but Now She's Looking for a Little Limelight of Her Own, Says Annabel Rivkin. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Evening Standard (London, England). Publication date: February 23, 2007. Page number: 31. © Not available. COPYRIGHT 2007 Gale Group.