Dressed in a billowing dress by American fashion designer William Ralph Blass, iconic German model and actress Veruschka takes a graceful leap, her sparkling stockings and satin slippers glittering in Richard Avedon’s signature light. This bright, buoyant shot from the late 1960s deftly captures the timeless, casual elegance for which Avedon—a visionary fashion and portrait photographer—is best known. “Veruschka is the most beautiful woman in the world,” Richard Avedon said of the East Prussia–born model. Shot by Avedon, Irving Penn, and Helmut Newton, Veruschka landed her first of eleven Vogue covers in 1963. All legs, eyes, and lips, Veruschka exuded sex, bringing an exotic look and new skinny chic ideal to the sixties much like Jean Shrimpton and Brigitte Bardot. Born a German countess in 1939, the aspiring model reinvented herself in New York at the age of 22, changing her name from Vera to Veruschka. Over six feet tall, the model had the natural look of a Bond girl and finally appeared in the series in 2006’s Casino Royale, but it was the scene of her writhing on the floor for a photo shoot in the 1966 film Blow-Up that made her a superstar.