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Airbus seeks new partners to expand in U.S. space market

Added: 18.06.2019 21:16 | 8 views | 0 comments

Airbus' defense division is looking for new partners to expand its presence in the growing U.S. space market, and could potentially build components for a lunar program there, Airbus Defense and Space Chief Executive Dirk Hoke told Reuters.

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Meghan King Edmonds Seen Without Her Wedding Ring After Husband Jim's Infidelity Confession

Added: 18.06.2019 20:58 | 7 views | 0 comments

Meghan King Edmonds, Jim Edmonds Meghan King Edmonds has been spotted without her wedding ring, days after her husband Jim Edmonds confessed to having an affair. In a selfie shared to her Instagram Stories, the...

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Sports Illustrated's Hunter McGrady Slams "Bulls--t" Pressure on Brides to Lose Weight

Added: 18.06.2019 20:38 | 7 views | 0 comments

Hunter McGradyHunter McGrady is opening up about the pressure placed upon brides ahead of their special day. The 26-year-old Sports Illustrated model, who has been using her platform to promote body...

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How Lauren Bushnell Survived Bachelor Heartbreak to Find Chris Lane's Country Song-Worthy Love

Added: 18.06.2019 20:29 | 7 views | 0 comments

Chris Lane, Lauren BushnellChris Lane just officially made his "Take Back Home Girl" Lauren Bushnell his future wife. The country singer popped the question to The Bachelor star on June 16, revealing the...

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Before The Hills Has Its New Beginnings, Relive All the Original Drama

Added: 18.06.2019 20:27 | 7 views | 0 comments

Lauren Conrad, Spencer Pratt, The HillsAudrina Patridge, Heidi Montag, Brody Jenner, Spencer Pratt and Whitney Port are back in front of the camera for MTV, but before The Hills stars get their New Beginnings, it's time to revisit...

Lauren Bushnell Is Engaged! All the Details on Her $80,000 Diamond Ring From Chris Lane

Added: 18.06.2019 19:51 | 11 views | 0 comments

Chris Lane, Lauren BushnellLauren Bushnell is more than a "Take Back Home Girl." She's about to be Chris Lane's wife! Earlier today, The Bachelor star and country music singer revealed on Instagram...

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Daredevil NASA spacecraft snaps asteroid Bennu from crazy-close orbit

Added: 18.06.2019 19:51 | 4 views | 0 comments

Bennu's boulders are getting all up in Osiris-Rex's face.

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Hayden Panettiere Is "Trying to Heal" After Brian Hickerson Legal Drama

Added: 18.06.2019 19:50 | 11 views | 0 comments

Hayden PanettiereIt's been about a month since a judge ordered Brian Hickerson to stay away from Hayden Panettiere following his arrest for domestic violence. Now, the 29-year-old actress is trying to move on....

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Facebook reveals Libra cryptocurrency, sparking new privacy concerns

Added: 18.06.2019 19:47 | 19 views | 0 comments

Facebook Inc announced ambitious plans on Tuesday to launch a new global cryptocurrency called Libra, part of an effort to expand into digital payments that immediately raised privacy concerns.

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Lee Miller: The Inspiration Behind Jessica May

Added: 18.06.2019 19:38 | 2 views | 0 comments

As I mention in the Author’s Note at the back of The Paris Orphan, I first heard of Lee Miller when I was researching my previous book, . There was a throwaway line in an article that mentioned Miller and other female war correspondents who, after World War II had ended, had not been able to continue working as serious journalists because the men had returned from overseas and taken all of the available jobs.

It caught my attention. What would it have been like to report on a war and then come home to America and be assigned completely different work? After the war, Lee Miller was relegated to photographing fashion or celebrities during the winter season at Saint-Moritz. She was also an occasional contributor of recipes for Vogue.

That article was the start of my fascination with her. I went looking for more. And I found a story so incredible I couldn’t help but be inspired by it.

Miller the Photojournalist

Miller was a photojournalist for Vogue during World War II. She took some extraordinary photographs: she stumbled upon the battle for Saint-Malo in France and photographed the U.S. Army’s first use of napalm there. She reported from Paris, Luxembourg, Alsace, Colmar, Aachen, Cologne, Frankfurt and Torgau, among other places. She was one of the first to document the horrors of the Dachau concentration camp. And she was the subject of an iconic photograph, bathing in Hitler’s bathtub in his Munich apartment, having left her filthy boots to drop the dirt of Dachau, as she put it, all over the Fuhrer’s pristine white bathroom.

Miller the Model

But Lee Miller started on the other side of the lens. She was discovered by Condé Nast on the streets of Manhattan and became a famous model for magazines like Vogue during the 1920s. I decided to use this as the starting point for my character, Jessica May, as I was fascinated by that transition. How did a woman who was so obviously beautiful manage in the male and often chauvinistic environment of an army during a war?

Just as Condé Nast discovers Lee Miller, he also discovers Jess in The Paris Orphan and Jess is one of his favorite models, as Miller was. However, to suit my story better, I moved time forward to begin Jess’s modeling career in the early 1940s.

Miller’s modeling career ended when a photograph of her was used by Kotex in an advertisement for sanitary pads. It’s so hard to imagine that this could end a career, but it did. To be seen as the “Kotex Girl” was a stigma so dreadful that no magazine wanted to use pictures of Miller again. So Miller moved to France, where she became Man Ray’s lover. He helped her develop her photography skills and she became a well-regarded surrealist photographer.

I used these elements when creating Jess’s character too. Jess has to stop modeling after a photograph of her is used by Kotex, Jess has a French photographer as a lover, and solarization is a trademark of her work, as it was Miller’s.

The Intersection of Fiction and Reality

Miller actually reported for British Vogue during the war, although many of her pieces appeared in American Vogue too. For ease of the story, I have Jess working for American Vogue in The Paris Orphan.

Jess follows in Miller’s footsteps in The Paris Orphan, working out of a field hospital when she first arrives in France after D-Day. I have given the room used by Lee Miller at the Hotel Scribe in Paris to Jess, complete with a balcony piled high with fuel cans and an acquaintance with Picasso. Miller is called la femme soldatby the joyful Parisians after the city is liberated, as is Jess. Miller stays at Hitler’s apartment in Munich and is photographed in Hitler’s bath, as is Jess in The Paris Orphan.

After the War

One of the most heartbreaking parts of Miller’s story is what happened to her after the war. She suffered from post-traumatic stress after viewing and recording so many horrors, and she tried to forget that she was ever a witness to war and all its atrocities. So effective was she at excising this from her past that, when she died at age seventy, her son, Roland Penrose, had no idea of what she had done during the war. Her work was largely forgotten.

One day, Penrose’s wife found boxes of photographs and films in the attic at Farley Farm, Miller’s home. They contained Miller’s correspondence with her Vogue editor and wartime paraphernalia. Penrose immediately understood that he had made an incredible discovery, that his mother had been a true artist, and that her words and pictures had—once upon a time, until she let the world forget them—meant something.

He resurrected Lee Miller and her work. She is now widely regarded as one of the world’s preeminent war correspondents and photographers. The idea that she had been all but forgotten haunted me, and this inspired the scenes set in contemporary times in The Paris Orphan, when D’Arcy Hallworth finds an attic full of photographs and an extraordinary legacy that should never have been lost to the past.

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