STYLE ICON: Uschi Obermaier

June 20, 2013

Chrissi Malberg was born in Germany, 1946, just outside of Munich. As a youth she found work as an apprentice in photo restoration, however, it was not long before she gave that up to pursue modelling. She was 'discovered' by Twen magazine, and quickly found international fame as a top model. She was the first to dawn full frontal nudity on a magazine cover in June 1969 for her original patrons, Twen. While still in Munich, Obermaier joined Amon Düül, a commune/band, there she met Rainer Langhans, he was at the helm of the German youth counter culture movement, and Uschi returned with him to his home in Berlin at Kommune 1. This was the first politically motivated commune in Germany, so in addition to her considerable notoriety as a model, she developed a reputation as a political agitator. 

Obermaier was a key figure of the sexual revolution, even influencing John Lennon and Yoko Ono with her credo of free love. She is known to have had affairs with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Jimi Hendrix. Even now, her pictures show a woman at peace with her sexuality and appearance, and it is completely captivating. Her style is effortless, yet distinct and refined around the edges - her trademark waves adding the finishing touch to each ensemble. Uschi epitomized the bohemian look and lifestyle, she spent most of her time traveling, and even joined The Rolling Stones on their 1975 world tour. Please enjoy this selection of her SFW archive.



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