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Among the world’s leading models Cecilia Chancellor may have the most exotic pedigree. Her forebears range from the dashing aristocratic adventurer, Denis Finch-Hatton (played by Robert Redford in the film of Karen Blixen’s famous memoir, “Out of Africa”) to Sir Ernest Debenham, the Department store tycoon, agricultural innovator, and patron of the Arts and Crafts movement. Her father, Alexander Chancellor, a journalist who as editor of the then moribund Spectator magazine set it on the road to its present success, still writes a weekly column for the Guardian. While still at St, Paul’s Girls’ School, one of London’s leading academic institutions, Cecilia was photographed by Lord Snowdon, who named her “The Face of 1985″.
At 17, she moved to New York to pursue a modelling career and quickly caught the attention of some of the world’s leading photographers among them Stephen Meisel, Peter Lindberg, and Paolo Roversi. Since then she has appeared in all the leading fashion magazines and featured in world-wide advertising campaigns. Now in her 40s, and the mother to Lucas, Cecilia, with her timeless classic beauty and natural poise, remains at the top of her profession.