To be honest I never knew, or heard of Tinsley Mortimer until a few weeks back when I read an article about her life as a burgeoning socialite, and of how her life took a tragic turn, where she was arrested and well that’s not for this post! This post is all about Tinsley Mortimer’s style, and will be kicking off a series I would love to pursue on the Zaychishka Style blog as a throwback to the socialites of the pasts- mainly about their style. These posts are about the days when the Kardashians weren’t showing off their asses to grapple for our attention, -to a time when Socialites worked on committees, and were noticed for their style.
There was a time when Tinsley Mortimer was considered New York’s sweetheart when her images were everywhere and she was often invited to the elite social parties and galas. A quick google image search depicts her as a socialite who was often photographed for her style, (it even looks like she was addicted to wearing YSL sandals for a time). And often she would be seen sitting front row at fashion shows.
Hoewever, I’ve read that she had help when it came to becoming a socialite, that she went to R. Couri Hay, a society publicist- who advised ‘Tinz’ to quit her job as a publicist in order to get her socialite status. She began by getting onto the committees for the American Museum of Natural History, as well as the Central Park Zoo- and it also helped that many found her to be beautiful, with a vibrant personality. She was also well connected thanks to the man she had married Topper Mortimer who came from old New York money- giving Tinsley a taste for the ‘gold standard’ lifestyle. Anyways it also looks like she really loved to dress up in colourful outfits, before her downfall from societies grace.
“I knew that Tinsley had the potential to be an ‘it’ girl. She was funny, she was frisky, she was like a little pedigreed filly—and she was a Mortimer.” – R. Couri Hay
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