In the late 1880s, the body of a 16-year-old girl was pulled from the Seine. She was apparently a suicide, as her body showed no marks of violence, but her beauty and her enigmatic smile led a Paris pathologist to order a plaster death mask of her face.
In the romantic atmosphere of fin de siècle Europe the girl’s face became an ideal of feminine beauty. The protagonist of Rainer Maria Rilke’s 1910 novel The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge writes, “The mouleur, whose shop I pass every day, has hung two plaster masks beside his door. [One is] the face of the young drowned woman, which they took a cast of in the morgue, because it was beautiful, because it smiled, because it smiled so deceptively, as if it knew.”
Ironically, in 1958 the anonymous girl’s features were used to model the first-aid mannequin Rescue Annie, on which thousands of students have practiced CPR. Though the girl’s identity remains a mystery, her face, it’s said, has become “the most kissed face of all time.”
“He is a great kisser. There’s a scene that’s been cut out of Titanic where we’re running through the ship’s boiler room and we have this big kiss. It was eight o’clock in the morning and neither of us felt like doing it.We found ourselves doing the scene and we were at it and there was this look that passed between us for a second that sort of said: “Um, not bad for eight o’clock in the morning when you feel you’re about to die from overtiredness.”
Kisses! Or a duck face…your choice. This is probably the palest I’ve ever been.
Also, to clear up any confusion: I posted this picture last night, but it was massive and I deleted it. This is the resized version (hopefully filling up less of your dashboard).