Wenda Parkinson (née Rogerson)(1923-1987), Fashion model; author; wife of Norman Parkinson
Sitter in 14 portraits
Norman Parkinson first met Wenda Rogerson when she was appearing as a young actress at The Arts Theatre Club. Several of the actresses supplemented their salaries through occasional fashion modelling. Parkinson was alerted to her beauty and photogenic qualities by Cecil Beaton, who had worked with her successfully on one of his sittings. Rogerson married Parkinson in 1947. She researched and published an important biography of Toussaint L'Ouverture, the Haitian slave-turned-revolutionary, entitled This Gilded African in 1978.