Flashback Friday: NSFW November — Rita Lee, Miss November 1977

Flashback Friday! Originally posted Nov 22, 2009 @ 12:38 pm.


Heads-up, Scorpios! (I’m looking at you, Cappy) — the lovely and talented Rita Lee, Miss November 1977, lists your sign as one of her turn-ons.


Photographed by Richard Fegley

A certain almost unstable level of insecurity and uncertainty comes across in her interview that I think translates in to these photographs. Check out her general lack of eye contact, her sidewise glances, her closed mouth, the way her hands have to be doing something. The wiki says that the photographer, Fegley, had her pose for his portfolio and even put her in a book. I guess maybe that nervous energy, that vulnerability, made her an interesting subject for more serious photography.

“I was very naïve and men took advantage of that. I always worried about what other people thought of me.” …

She says she would never have considered posing for “some of those other magazines” and that she was surprised that the Playboy people were so professional. “I didn’t know what to expect. I’d heard all sorts of things, like they photograph your body and put another girl’s head on it, and that none of the information on the girls is real. I was afraid that maybe after all the preliminary shootings they would decide my breasts weren’t big enough or something and ask me to have plastic surgery.” (“Growing Up,” Playboy, November 1977.)

She also talks in the interview about moving out and living on her own at 17, and how it was a mistake and her parents were right about her conservative upbringing. The below shot proves that Fegley got a smile out of her eventually. But it looks like it was a battle. Judging from what she said about her past and herself in her interview, I think she may have been pretty down and vulnerable during this period.


“I used to read about Marilyn Monroe. I felt as though I could identify with her. I learned something from her. Her suicide was like a warning for me.”

Shit-oh-dear, someone needs a hug and a Xanax! I am only comfortable making that joke because she is still alive and not dead like some of these other ladies. It’s actually terrible to read the interview and see the pictures because what emerges is a glimpse at this seemingly depressed, insecure woman with valid, sad anxietes about appearance and relationships, overly sensitive to the falseness inherent to human interaction, the whole ball of wax. I kind of do wish I could give her a hug. Some souls are born lost.

GOALS:
As I get older, to develop a better understanding of myself and others. To always have a fulfilling relationship with someone.

TURN-ONS:
Scorpio men, candlelit intimate dinners, swimming nude, genuine affection and trust.

TURNOFFS:
Phony people, particularly men who are attracted to women only because of looks.

Her repeated emphasis in both her data sheet and her interview on trust and wanting a relationship with someone who will look past her looks is heartrending to me. She must have really been burned in her past. I hope that she did find that fulfilling and ideal relationship, and that she married someone she really trusted, who deserved it, and lived happily ever after.


addendum June 4, 2010: This flashback is by way of introducing the Girls of Summer project, special Misses June, July, and August who I have picked out and researched and will begin posting up hopefully daily, probably starting on Sunday. (Got dogs in the fire tomorrow.)

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5 Responses to “Flashback Friday: NSFW November — Rita Lee, Miss November 1977”

  1. Rob Veenendaal Says:

    I read your article about Rita Lee.
    We used to be friends for several years, after we met on a modelling
    job in New York, where we both were working at the time.
    If possible I really would like to get in touch with her and maybe
    you could give her my e-mail adress in the Netherlands/ Europe.
    Thank you very much for your cooperation

    • E. Says:

      Hi, Rob. I do not presently have contact info for Ms. Lee, but if anything ever turns up, I will pass your email address along.

  2. Jerry Lee Says:

    Are you still alive let me know. E-mail me and we will chat

    Jerry Lee Green

  3. Robert Says:

    Met her at a car show in Rochester, MN. I was the photographer for the event. She posed for me on a Trike Motorcycle named DarkVader. We also danced at the owner’s party. Met again a few months later at another show in St Paul, MN. She was there with several other bunnies and the Arthur Murray people.

    She did her spread in front of Mickey’s diner in St Paul. I was from there. She was Miss November, I was born in Nov (a scorpio).

    Would some day love to chat with her again. I have some nice shots that she’s never seen, that I’m sure she’d love to. She was also one of the tallest PB girls and looked seriously hot in all black hugging outfits.

  4. Rob Veenendaal Says:

    Hi, Robert,
    Must have been the same lady that I used to know. The Rita Lee I knew was from St. Paul and had been Miss November. The last time we met
    was in New York 1982. I,m certain she would appreciate to hear from me
    so if you know more about her please let me know. Thanks for now.

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