Occasionally we sit down with models from decades past to look back on their modeling careers. With the help of Patty Sicular, of the Ford Models’ classic division, we will bring you the story of the models that made history with Ford Models. ‒ Ford Models Blog Editor
Bonnie Trompeter modeled with Ford Models for a period spanning the years between 1965 and 2006. She got her modeling start in 1958 with a cover and inside feature for Life magazine and years later was introduced to Eileen Ford through a mutual friend. Throughout Bonnie’s career she was photographed by Richard Avedon, Hiro, Francesco Scavullo, Art Kane, Rico Puhlmann, F.C. Gundlach, and Michael Doster amongst others. Campaigns for Clairol, Cover Girl, Johnson & Johnson, Ivory Soap, Parliament cigarettes, Calanese, and Avon cemented Bonnie’s place with leading beauty and consumer brands of the era. Numerous editorials for Seventeen, Ladies’ Home Journal, Redbook, and Good Housekeeping also confirmed Bonnie’s versatility as a model.
When asked about a formative experience in modeling, Bonnie was unequivocal. “Being on American Bandstand,” she explained, “when I was fourteen for Seventeen magazine.” Not only was Bonnie on live television, but she also spoke to host Dick Clark during the program!
Today Bonnie splits her time between Long Island and Costa Rica with her longtime husband Norm Lowe. She has two children, Christa and John, and three grandchildren, Charlotte, 10, Will, 7, and Henry, 3. Bonnie enjoys painting watercolors, yoga, gardening, and riding in Costa Rica.
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