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Assault of “It Girl” Sparked Public’s Celebrity Obsession


Dr. Paula Uruburu, professor of English, was interviewed by Vice.com about Evelyn Nesbit, the original Gibson Girl, the first “It Girl,” the Girl in the Red Velvet Swing – and the first supermodel celebrity. She was a young starlet when the famous architect Stanford White attacked her. When White was murdered by Nesbit’s husband, Harry Thaw, it sparked the beginning of America’s obsession with celebrity trials.

Dr. Uruburu is the author of 2008’s American Eve: Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White, the Birth of the ‘It’ Girl, and the Crime of the Century. She is currently working on a book about Lizzie Borden.

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