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History of American Fashion

History of American Fashion

Brooke Shields in History of American Fashion

Brooke Shields (1965-present) is a veteran actress and model who started out as a child star, having modeled since she was less than one year old. Shields has starred in several films, including Pretty Baby (1978)—where she played a twelve-year-old prostitute—and the box-office hit The Blue Lagoon (1980). She is perhaps most famous for her starring role in the notorious Calvin Klein jeans advertising campaign of 1980-82. She appeared from multiple angles in tight-fitting jeans, reading double-entendre lines such as "You know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing." Shields was just sixteen at the time, and New York City's WCBS-TV and WABC-TV banned that particular commercial in response to listener complaints. Calvin Klein reported a 300% increase in sales revenues over a ninety-day period.6

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