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18 May 2010 @ 08:09 pm
Iggy the Eskimo  
In the Swinging 1960s she was an iconic model who broke the heart of Pink Floyd`s Syd Barrett.
Known only as Iggy, she is thought to have lived in Thornton Heath and was regular at the Orchid Ballroom in Purley between 1963 and 1967. Then she vanished.

DJ Jeff Dexter, who regularly played at the Orchid, vividly remembers the beautiful girl who used to talk to him while he played his set. He first noticed her in 1963.
He said: "Iggy was part of a group of very wonderful looking south London girls. She was very mysterious, she was unusual because she did not look like anyone else at the time. Since she dissappeared, ahe has become a bit of an enigma".
Dexter says that he met the director and artist Anthony Stern in 1967 and that Iggy became involved with him at about the same time. Anthony took many pictures of the model.
Stern said: "Iggy was my muse. I met her at a Hendrix gig at the Speakeasy. She was a lovely inspiration and free spirit. I never knew her real name. We used to hang out together, occasionally dropping acid, staying up all night, going for walks at dawn in Battersea Park."

Photographer Mick Rock remembers turning up at Barrett`s to take photographs for his solo album cover "The Madcap Laughs", released on 1970. At an interview in 1999 he said: "Syd was still in his underpants when he opened the door. He`d totally forgotten about the session and fell about laughing. Iggy the Eskimo was naked in the kitchen making coffee. She didn`t mind either. They both laughed a lot and it was a magical session."
The most iconic images of her appear on the album, where she poses naked in the background.
Iggy remembers:  "Syd was so beautiful looking. We had a relationship, I lived with him for a while".

It was at that time she became known as Iggy the Eskimo. She said: "In part I made up the nickname. The rest was the photographer Mick Rock, who asked where I was from. I said `my mother is from the Himalayas' and he said `we will call you Iggy the Eskimo'. 
 When Mick turned up to take the photos I helped paint the floor boards for the shoot, I was covered in paint, I still remember the smell of it.  In the pictures my hair looks quite funny, I remember hiding my face behind it because I did not want my mum and dad to see it."
She broke up with Syd Barrett shortly after the photo shoot and moved to Brighton.

After she broke up with Barrett she dissapeared. Felix Atagong, who has set up a website in her honour, said: "According to the painter Duggie Fields, she got married to a rich guy from Chelsea annd led a "decent" life after that".
On February 2010 she gave an interview, and was found after three decades of anonymity. She said: "I have just been living very quietly, I left London in the 70s and I got married in 1978. I met so many people in the 60s – the Beatles, the Who, the Rolling Stones and Rod Stewart.  I was a free spirit. I have left that life behind me now." 
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little_queenies on May 18th, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC)
Welcome :)
It was a kind of promise I did it long ago, lol but I didn't have time 'till now :)
vociferator on May 18th, 2010 07:40 pm (UTC)
What amazing eyes!
little_queenies on May 18th, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC)
she was so beautiful indeed :)
Felix Atagongfelix_atagong on May 18th, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this post concerning Iggy (or Evelyn as she is called now). As I've seen my name appearing here I might as well plug my blog that is entirely dedicated to Iggy: The Holy Church of Iggy the Inuit.

The Church was the first site in the world revealing that Iggy had been found back, has interviewed the person who introduced Iggy to Syd Barrett (from Pink Floyd fame) and interviewed another friend of Iggy and Syd for the first time in over 40 years.
little_queenies on May 18th, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your message and for the link. Youre site is awsome and many thanks for your hardworking for collecting the pics and the info and share it with us :)
keep it up!
(no subject) - dancas on May 19th, 2010 04:23 pm (UTC) (Expand)
little_queenies on May 19th, 2010 08:32 pm (UTC)
Welcome :) I'll try to search more stuff
bandgirls4everbandgirls4ever on May 19th, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC)
This is fantastic stuff! Very interesting and impressive that she was able to leave it all behind. Very mysterious indeed!
little_queenies on May 19th, 2010 08:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Fantastic!
Yep, she was very enigmathic and she could live with this past hidden.... lots of people sure have crossed her on the street without knowing her!
A little like Sable Starr, when she left the scene she really left it!
alcoholbreath on May 20th, 2010 12:57 am (UTC)
Re: Fantastic!
Thanks for this awesome post. This should definitely be archived. I haven't seen quite a few of those photos.
little_queenies on May 20th, 2010 12:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Fantastic!
You're welcome :)

Glad everyone enjoyed it a lot :)