Happy Birthday, Andy Warhol! Celebrate With His 6 Most Iconic Factory Girls
Eighty-five years ago today,
was born and the world had yet to learn that he would pioneer the Pop Art movement we know today. In addition to making himself a household name, he introduced the world to an assemblage of offbeat underground stars such as Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick Nico, as well as brought some of the most iconic women of the time, from Diana Ross to , into his factory world. Here, we’ve rounded up six of his most stylish lady muses for your viewing pleasure. Debbie Harry
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Sedwick first met Warhol at famed producer
Lester Persky's apartment and soon after became a regular at The Factory and inside his circle. Her first starring role for Warhol was in the film Poor Little Rich Girl. After being Warhol's muse for a couple of years, she left the factory to spend more time were her then-boyfriend Bob Dylan. In 1971, she died tragically at 28 years old from a drug overdose.
The iconic artwork of Ross' 1982 album
Silk Electric was done by Warhol. Ross also covered Interview in October of 1981 (picture left). “I see a lot of Diana Ross since she’s moved to New York, because she likes to go out," wrote Warhol in his book Exposures (1979). "Especially to Studio 54. I see Cher there whenever she’s in town. Cher and Diana Ross love to dance together.”
Donyale Luna, the first African American model to appear on the cover of British Vogue, appeared in several of Warhol's underground films. Most notably she starred in Screen Test: Donyale Luna (1964), in which critic Wayne Koestenbaum described Luna as "pure diva, presenting a delicious mobile excess of mannerism." Like Sedgwick, she died tragically due to an accidental overdose.
During the late '70s and '80s, the
Blondie frontwoman was was one of his favorite subjects, even using Harry to create his first computer generated artwork in 1985. Harry in turn, found his world riveting. "I was thrilled when he wanted to do a portrait of me. It put me in good company with tins of Campbell's Soup, Elizabeth Taylor and Liza Minnelli." She told Scotland's Sunday Mail.
The Velvet Underground's right-hand chanteuse, Nico was at the core of Warhol's circle and appeared in one of his most famous films, Chelsea Girls, as herself.
Jagger and Warhol were thick as thieves during the golden days, whether they were traipsing around
Studio 54 or she was posing for an Interview magazine cover in Yves Saint Laurent. Her daughter, Jade, even peed on his photo paper once (don't worry, he liked the effect and asked her to do it again).