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Jill Kennington ~ 1960s Model and . . . Lincolnshire Worthy !
Jill Kennington was on the the iconic models of the 1960s and really quite wonderful, she’s from just down the road . . .

Jill Kennington is a Lincolnshire Lass, from Riby in Lincolnshire and just drawn to my attention by Amiguru and . . . wow!
There are some simply wonderful images of Jill, she truly was a tremendous model and artist.
She is now a photographer herself and is doing some nice work but the style of the 60s really does appeal to me and some of her work during that period as a model is superb, as is the list of photographers she worked with - we’re not talking small time here . . .
Try these names on for size:
Norman Parkingson, Patrick Lichfield, Terence Donovan, Duffy, Helmut Newton, Jeanloup Sieff, Richard Avedon, William Klein, Bob Richardson and David Bailey!

Jill Kennington

Jill Kennington _ 1968

This is a contemporaneous snippet from a 1968 Lincolnshire Life magazine

Jill Kennington, who is 24, is the second daughter of the late Mr. John Kenmngton and of Mrs. Kennington of Riby near Grimsby . . . and rarely appears on page 15 of any magazine. One of England’s most beautiful models, she has graced the covers of all the important British and international fashion magazines and since she began her career six years ago has been in constant demand all over the world and in front of the cameras of every famous fashion photographer. Now living in Paris with her husband, she looks back on schooling in Louth and the Lake District, and over modelling assignments which have taken her into the homes of Eskimos, to the sweltering heat of the Persian Gulf, to Bangkok, Turkey, Spain and Kenya

Jill Kennington Model photographer

Jill Kennington Model Photographer

I should love to feature more iconic images but have only used these two in good, and non-commercial - any objections and they’ll be removed immediately, faith. Check out Google Images for more and make sure you see the image by Lord Lichfield that features Jill Kennington by a racing car - it is superb.

If you can add anything or have any opinions and thoughts then please do feel free to share them below
Yours, a bowled over


  1. Amiguru said,

    November 13, 2012 @ 8:42 pm


    Funny isn’t it how you take it for granted that people who were part of the everyday scene in your own younger life are familiar to younger people now? I’m glad that you appreciate Jill’s qualities as a model and fortuitously, she now takes and exhibits beautiful photographs herself. I hope that this thread comes to her attention and that she appreciates the recognition from the county of her youth. :)


  2. Rod said,

    November 13, 2012 @ 8:56 pm

    thank you so much for this, Jill was incredible as a model and also, I believe, a great artist, I absolutely love her photographs, she’s so talented - oh to have the chance to take such photographs myself.

    There’s an absolute stunner taken in the 60s by Jeanloup Sieff

    As you mention she now takes some lovely photographs herself, it seems amazing that Jill was born and raised but 4 miles from my home!

  3. Rod said,

    November 13, 2012 @ 8:59 pm

    To see Jill Kennington’s work, from the other side of the camera, as a photographer then do check out her website.

  4. Rod said,

    November 13, 2012 @ 9:10 pm

    If further proof were required to accolade of Lincolnshire Worthy, the first line from Jill’s website ‘About Us’ page:

    “Jill Kennington had a Lincolnshire childhood and enjoyed a freedom with the landscape that inspired her on a journey through images and photography”

    Top of the shop !

  5. Rod said,

    November 13, 2012 @ 9:26 pm

    The greatest model / artist of the 1960s - it official, because I say so - this is sublime, what a tremendous shot.
    Jill Kennington taken by Jeanloup Sieff

    best 60s model

  6. Little Brother said,

    November 13, 2012 @ 10:41 pm

    A stunning lady, off to check out her current work. Nice one Amiguru!

  7. Jordan said,

    November 14, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    Stunning lady, and still is all these years later

  8. Rod said,

    November 14, 2012 @ 11:00 am

    absolutely, taking some nice photographs nowadays as well.

  9. Rod said,

    November 14, 2012 @ 11:01 am

    aren’t they wonderful images, there’s a real craft to modelling and I think these are tremendous photographs

  10. Mick said,

    November 21, 2012 @ 12:43 pm

    Two of my favourites from her personal porfolio are the ‘Ice Queen’ pose where she is standing on the edge of the ice flow and the laboratory image (reminds me of Jane Fonda in Barbarella) :)

  11. Rod said,

    November 21, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

    the David Montgomery shots are great as well - she’s done some wonderful stuff

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