Erika Linder

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Erika Linder

Swedish model and actress.
She is known as an androgynous model for modeling both male and female clothing.

 

"Le caractère ambigu de l'être dont j'avais le portrait sous les yeux tenait sans que je le comprisse à ce que c'était une jeune actrice d'autrefois en demi-travesti. Mais son melon, sous lequel ses cheveux étaient bouffants, mais courts, son veston de velours sans revers ouvrant sur un plastron blanc me firent hésiter sur la date de la mode et le sexe du modèle, de façon que je ne savais pas exactement ce que j'avais sous les yeux (...).

Mais surtout on sentait qu'Elstir, insoucieux de ce que pouvait présenter d'immoral ce travesti d'une jeune actrice, pour qui le talent avec lequel elle jouerait son rôle avait sans doute moins d'importance que l'attrait irritant qu'elle allait offrir aux sens blasés ou dépravés de certains spectateurs, s'était au contraire attaché à ces traits d'ambiguïté comme à un élément esthétique qui valait d'être mis en relief et qu'il avait tout fait pour souligner. Le long des lignes du visage, le sexe avait l'air d'être sur le point d'avouer qu'il était celui d'une fille un peu garçonnière, s'évanouissait, et plus loin se retrouvait, suggérant plutôt l'idée d'un jeune efféminé vicieux et songeur, puis fuyait encore, restait insaisissable. (...)

Au bas du portrait était écrit : Miss Sacripant, octobre 1872.  Je ne pus contenir mon admiration."

Marcel Proust, A l'ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs

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"The ambiguous character of the person whose portrait now confronted me arose, without my understanding it, from the fact that she was a young actress of an earlier generation half dressed for a part. But the cap or hat, beneath which the hair stuck out but was cut short, the velvet coat opening without lapels over a white shirt-front, made me hesitate as to the period of the clothes and the sex of the model, so that I did not know what it was exactly that I was holding before my eyes (...).

But above all one felt that Elstir, sublimely indifferent to whatever immoral suggestion there might be in this disguise of a young actress for whom the talent with which she would play her part on the stage was doubtless of less importance than the irritant attraction which she would offer to the jaded or depraved senses of some of her audience, had on the contrary fastened upon those ambiguous points as on an aesthetic element which deserved to be brought into prominence, and which he had done everything in his power to emphasise. Along the lines of the face, the latent sex seemed to be on the point of confessing itself to be that of a somewhat boyish girl, then vanished and farther on reappeared with a suggestion rather of an effeminate youth, vicious and pensive, then fled once more to remain uncapturable. 

At the foot of the picture was inscribed “Miss Sacripant: October, 1872.” I could not contain my admiration".

Marcel Proust, Translated from the French by C. K. Scott Moncrieff

 

Erika Linder  Swedish model and actress. She is known as an androgynous model for modeling both male and female clothing
Erika Linder  Swedish model and actress. She is known as an androgynous model for modeling both male and female clothing
Erika Linder  Swedish model and actress. She is known as an androgynous model for modeling both male and female clothing
androgynous model Erika Linder
androgynous model Erika Linder
androgynous model and actress Erika Linder
androgynous model and actress Erika Linder
androgynous model and actress Erika Linder
androgynous model Erika Linder
androgynous model and actress Erika Linder