Back in the swinging 60s, there was an advertising publication called
Admen. Its readers, much like ours, whinged that it was biased in favour
of certain agencies and engaged in mindless vendettas against others.
Unlike Campaign, it had an overwhelming interest in models, running a
‘model of the week’ picture on each cover - complete with vital
statistics - and intriguing spreads in search of the Advertising Girl of
‘Some of the prettiest girls in the country work in the advertising
industry,’ gushed the paper. ‘Ask any American about British Girls -
especially a guy from Madison Avenue - and most likely he will eulogise
the girls in our ad agencies. So, if you work in advertising and you
have a pretty secretary or assistant, enter her now [steady on...Ed].
All we need is a picture - office clothes, bathing suit, fancy dress or
One of the lucky girls (pictured top right) was a humble assistant to an
agency producer in 1969. She listed her hobbies as ‘antique furniture
and looking around old markets ’. Now she heads one of London’s blue-
chip production companies. But who is she? And which ad agency founder
was she famously hitched to? Answers on a postcard to the Diary Editor.