Betsy Brennan, April 2014

I was thrilled to see the cover of the summer issue (December–January). I was the “gofer” on that Helmut Newton shoot (go for coffee, go get a kangaroo). It was shot on Tamarama Beach in Sydney on a crisp autumn day, the last in a ten-day shoot for American Vogue that saw us fly to Alice Springs and Uluru, then known as Ayers Rock, with Mary, the fashion editor, and two models. Helmut sat on a low dune, knees up around his ears, Hasselblad down between his feet and a scarf tied old woman–style around his head, saying, “You’re a film star, darling, bored with it all.” The model is Dolores Wettach, from Vermont. The kangaroo was Ethel; she had the softest fur and smelled like herbs. It was a toss-up between a wombat and a kangaroo, but the wombat kept going to sleep. Ethel behaved beautifully.

Betsy Brennan
Wahroonga, NSW

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