Featured Fashion Icon: Vampira (Maila Nurmi)

My all time favorite band The Misfits dedicated a song to this mistress of the dark: “Two inch nails / Micro waist / With a pale white feline face / Inclination eyebrows to there.” That snippet of the song’s lyrics pretty much sums it up. Vampira was a character developed by the great Finnish beauty Maila Nurmi. Vampira was one of the great horror TV hosts (like Elvira), the first to be exact, making her TV debut in 1954. She starred in Ed Wood’s disastrous (but oh-so-good) Plan 9 From Outerspace. Her tradmarks are her tiny cinched waist and her harshly arched eyebrows. She’s iconic.

I may have already featured her, but this bears repeating. Her look has been an inpiration to the goth and horror-punk scenes.


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