Following Raquel Welch's life via magazine covers and catalogue covers is fascinating.?US or international, European magazines loved her particularly during the years she was a big screen star during the 1960's and 1970's.
Throughout her early film career Raquel Welch's beauty and celebrity as a sexy goddess. This was a deliberate choice she made when she went to returned to Los Angeles, CA in the early 1960s and met Patrick Curtis who was instrumental in promoting Welch. The two decided that she would be presented as a sexy dark haired actress that would eventually replace the bleach blonde bombshell starlet that Hollywood had been promoting for years.It made her a sought-after model for magazine covers. Fashion magazines (Vanity Fair / Vogue) both in the US and International (Match Paris / La Mujer Nueva), movie fan magazines (Celebrity), pin up? / men's magazines (Playboy), Esquire,? and every day well known magazines like Life, Time, Cosmopolitan, Family Weekly, US Today, all put her on their covers at one time or another during her big screen period. ?She has graced countless magazine covers here in the US, as well as internationally.? Many of the magazine covers were part of the promotional push when one of her movies was released. Other were to show off her physical sexiness and gain more readership. Some wanted her image to promote their product such as cigars or watches.
?However, after Raquel Welch filed a $24 million breach of contract suit after being fired from MGM's film Cannery Row, she never starred in another major motion picture. She won her case and seven years later, an appeals court upheld the ruling in the ?bad-faith discharge case?, awarding her $10 million of which $8 million was for punitive damages. Although she won, her big screen career was damaged. But Raquel never lost her appeal. Magazines continued to have her on their covers, but it was never at the same furious rate of her early movie years.
Magazine Covers The Early Years ? A Big Screen Star 1960s- 1970's
But let's start at the beginning of Raquel Welch's movie career and the magazine covers that followed.
The 1966 British film that made Raquel Welch? an international star was One Million Years B.C. Raquel's portrayal of Loana ?with her appearance in that iconic fur bikini, which became one of the most famous images of the 1960s appearing on numerous posters and magazine covers.
ECARN 1967 magazine cover shows Raquel in her most memorably fur bikini
Dolce Vita cover 1960s: shows Raquel as Lust in the 20th Century Fox 1967 film, Bedazzled Les plus belles filles a vos pieds
Character played by Raquel Welch: Lust
Lust, one of the Seven Deadly Sins, is personified by Raquel Welch in a memorable cameo. She represents the epitome of desire and tempts Stanley during one of his wishes. Raquel's portrayal is both humorous and seductive, aligning with the film's comedic tone.
La Mujer Nueva, a Spanish language? magazine had her on their in 1969 cover with a full bouffant hair style that was so popular at the time.
1969 La Mujer Nueva cover
Time magazine put her on their cover as part of the promo for the roll out of the film , Myra Breckinridge a satirical comedy that explored themes of gender, sexuality, and the American dream. Although one of the most memorable images of Raquel -seen on many posters but not a magazine cover- was of her poised in an American flag inspired bikini with white cowboy boots and red gloves. Time's magazine cover seems staid in comparison, but then it's a Time magazine cover.
1969 Time magazine cover
The cover story was titled: Show Business: Myra/Raquel: The Predator of Hollywood
I am Myra Breckinridge, whom no man will ever possess. Clad only in garter belt and one dress shield, I held off the entire elite of the Trobriand Islanders, a race who possess no words for "why" or "because." I am the New Woman whose astonishing history is a poignant amalgam of vulgar dreams and knife-sharp realities. Soon, by an extreme gesture, I shall cease altogether to be human and become legend like Jesus, Buddha, Cybele . . .
?The Rock. Wonder Woman. The Plastic Sheena. Whatever unladylike sobriquets attach to Raquel, there is no denying her box-office attraction. Clad mainly in animal hides and bikinis, brandishing her publicity photos like the jawbone of an ass, Raquel set about five years ago to hold off the entire critical elite of cinema and conquer mankind through Hollywood. Now only 29, she has enjoyed extraordinary success. Her brooding, aquiline face and brimming, arabesque body (37-22-35) have launched thousands of picture spreads. The mere mention of her name (or the sight of it, in endless Laugh-In balloon gags) is high-premium chuckle insurance for every TV and nightclub humor writer in the land. After 15 films that range, except for Bedazzled, from unintentionally risible to just plain awful, she is worth more than $4,000,000, earns about $950,000 a year. Even more astonishing, she has succeeded in becoming the No. 1 sex symbol in a world in which sex has been stripped of its last, diaphanous shred of symbolism.
"I realize my image put me where I am," she says, "or I wouldn't be able to complain about it. But I think all sex goddesses have basically been unhappy. I know we sound like ungracious asses, but it's like being a shell and I'm tired of it. People don't think I have ability, and I think they are wrong. I've tried to fight it. Marilyn couldn't fight it because she wasn't strong enough. Well I am, and I think I can lick it."
The 1970 May cover story in Paris Match was part of the publicity promotion around the Raquel Welch 1970 Television Special called Raquel!
The 1970 CBS television special Raquel! cost over $350,000 to make and featured Raquel Welch singing The Beatles Rocky Raccoon with Bob Hope ? Welcome to the 1970 CBS television special Raquel!
It marked Welch's debut special on television. Together Welch and Jones combined musical and comedic talents on classic rock 'n' roll standards of the era. The special, considered by some to be a classic '70s timepiece, unites pop-culture icons in their prime. The multimillion-dollar, TV song & dance extravaganza was filmed around the world - from Paris to Mexico. Lavish production numbers of classic songs from the era, extravagant Bob Mackie -designed costumes and guest performances. Guest stars included John Wayne, Tom Jones, and Bob Hope added to the largeness of the production
The show had a large budget because it was filmed in various worldwide locations including London, Paris, Acapulco, Mexico City, Yucatan, Big Sur and Los Angeles, it also had some very extravagant production numbers.
VIDEO: Raquel Welch - Aquarius & Let The Sunshine In
An image of Raquel Welch and John Wayne was on the cover of the April 26 1970 issue of? TV Guide also promoting the CBS TV Special Raquel!.
John Wayne appeared with Raquel Welch on the CBS TV Special ?Raquel!? on April, 26, 1970.
Cosmopolitan magazine?featured her on their covers numerous times
1970 Oct Cosmopolitan cover One of the cover stories was an excerpt from the best seller: The Sensuous Woman (How to Be One)
1972 Feb Cosmopolitan cover Raquel on the cover but no cover story specifically about her
Life Magazine had her on their 1972 June cover to promote the movie, Kansas City Bomber (1972), where Welch plays K.C. Carr, a roller derby star. The film delves into her struggles both on the roller track and in her personal life, including conflicts with teammates and the challenges of being a single mother.
Life Magazine 1972 June Cover Story Welch plays K.C. Carr, in Kansas City Bomber 1972
1972 Nov Vogue Magazine cover Raquel on the cover but no cover story specifically about her
1974 After Dark November Cover & cover story publicity for the film The Wild Party
The cover story is part of the pre publicity leading up to the May 1975 film release : The Wild Party, directed by James Ivory and starring James Coco, Raquel Welch, Perry King, Tiffany Bolling. Set in the Golden Age of Hollywood it focuses on the life of silent film comedian Jolly Grimm (played by James Coco)
Character played by Raquel Welch: Queenie, an ambitious young actress looking to make her mark in Hollywood.
1976 July Celebrity Magazine ran a cover story titled: Raquel Welch: What Are They Afraid of
The cover story is revealing that Raquel is more than just a sex symbol. She has been showing that beneath the beautiful fa?ade there is a gifted actress and musical performer.? The previous year she made her Las Vegas debut with an elaborate, well received show.? Raquel was attempting to move beyond being just a sex symbol and? look for more serious roles for movies.
Celebrity Magazine July 1976 The inside cover story layout.
1976 saw the release of the film, Mother, Jugs & Speed is a black comedy that revolves around the lives of three ambulance drivers working for a dubious Los Angeles ambulance company. Character played by Raquel Welch: Jennifer a.k.a. Jugs, the feisty and ambitious secretary of the ambulance company, who faces workplace sexism and harassment. The film was notable for its blend of dark comedy and drama, touching on serious issues like workplace harassment, racism, and the challenges of the healthcare system.
People magazine cover June 1976 Cover story about Raquel was not only a publicity push for the movie, but also gossip about what was going on in her life.
Paris Match? 1977 Cover & Cover Story (Les caprices de la star venue s?duire Belmondo) The Whims of the Star Who Came to Seduce Belmondo
The magazine's cover and? cover story was part of the promotion for? the 1977 film L'Animal, ?a 1977 French action comedy film directed by Claude Zidi and starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Raquel Welch.? The Plot: A stuntman (Jean-Paul Belmondo) tries to woo back his partner (Raquel Welch) who, weary of injuries, wants to marry a count.
It was distributed in the United States by Analysis Film Releasing Corp under the title Stuntwoman.
Raquel Welch and the Muppets
Raquel appeared in The Muppet Show episode 311, November 1978
Welch opened the show by performing ?Baby It's Me ?(originally performed/covered by Diana Ross) with a human-sized spider puppet.
She also performed ?Confide in Me ?with a very nervous, insecure Fozzie Bear, in which she boosted the bear's confidence by calling him sexsational.
Her ?final performance with Miss Piggy was W-O-M-A-N.
In 1979 Welch also made a brief appearance in the 1979 special The Muppets Go Hollywood.
US Magazine November 1978 Cover and cover story with Kermit the Frog promoting The Muppets first movie and their hit show
US Magazine Vol. 11 #16 November 28, 1978 has Kermit, the frog from Sesame Street sitting on Raquel's shoulder. The cover story was titled With Sexy Costars, Movie Deals and Prime Time, Jim Henson's Muppets Come of Age.? US. Pgs. 26-29. November 28, 1978. (article written by Jenny Craven.
Films Illustrated UK June 1977 publicity for the release of the film: Prince and the Pauper
Films Illustrated in 1977 featured her on their cover in costume, promoting then film, The Prince and the Pauper (US title: Crossed Swords) a? British action-adventure film directed by Richard Fleischer, based on the 1881 novel The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain. It stars Oliver Reed, Ernest Borgnine, Raquel Welch, George C. Scott, Charlton Heston, Sir Rex Harrison, and Mark Lester, playing the dual role of Edward VI of England and Tom Canty.
It may not be entirely true to historical fact, but it is entertaining as a group of talented actors try stealing the scene from one another.
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Playboy Magazine named Welch no. 3 on their 100 Sexiest Stars of the Twentieth Century list. She was on the Playboy Magazine 1979 December cover in her role as a sex symbol.
Playboy Magazine December 1979 Gala Christmas Issue - Raquel Welch
Cover story: A Photographic Celebration of the Decade's Most Desired Woman
Magazine Covers The Middle Years 1980s- 1990's
Raquel Welch has been a spokesperson for numerous products, particularly those related to beauty and health. ?Many of Raquel Welch magazine covers during the 1980s- 1990's were promoting a health and fitness angle with sexy images of Raquel in bathing suits or workout clothes - but not all.
Life Magazine July 1982 Cover story: Raquel Welch Fit, Firm & 41 She is Broadways Newest Bombshell
Life Magazine had her on their 1982 July issue sporting a low back white bathing suit. The cover article was titled: Fit, Firm & 41. SHE IS BROADWAYS NEWEST BOMBSHELL
When she was starring in Woman of the Year filling in for Lauren Bacall who was on vacation in 1981, ?The New York Times in their? review wrote:
She is a show-stopper, as is her dress designer, Norma Kamali. For ''One of the Boys,'' Miss Welch is a vanilla vision in a skin-tight slinky white jumpsuit that could halt traffic in outer space. Later she switches to a flaming red number. When was the last time you heard wolf whistles in a Broadway theater?.......
This lady can move and she can dance - and I think she can sing, although it is not always easy to tell over the crackle of the overmiking in the Palace Theater. Her performance is in all respects marked by show-business know-how.
She would take over the role for a second time in 1982 before returning to the screen. ?The Life Magazine cover story was part of the publicity roll out in 1982.
When Raquel reached 40 (1981), several producers to believe her viability as a sex symbol was behind her.? You wouldn't know it by looking at these magazine covers.
1982 November Family Weekly Cover story: My Life as a Sex Symbol Raquel Welch
1983 Paris Match Cover & cover story
The cover story wa about Raquel telling the magazines readership about her beauty secrets: At 40, women can be as beautiful as me.?
Elle confie a PPDA ses secrets de beaute: A 40 ans les femmed peuvent etre aussi belle que moi
In 1984 Raquel was plugging the publication of her workout book, Raquel: The Raquel Welch Total Beauty and Fitness Program. The book revealed Welch's ?most cherished beauty secrets, physical and mental' and drew from the Hatha yoga that she had discovered seven years in 1977.
Publicity shot: Raquel: The Raquel Welch Total Beauty and Fitness Program
1983 Real Life Magazine Cover and cover story: Raquel 42, Fit and Fabulous
In October 1984 Vanity Fair ran a spread featuring Raquel with the men's US Olympic gold medal team promoting her book the Raquel: The Raquel Welch Total Beauty and Fitness Program book. ?The men offered their whole-hearted support wearing only budgie-smugglers.
1984 Vanity Fair October Inside spread: Raquel with the men's US Olympic gold medal team.
Raquel and her team were certainly pushing back against Hollywood's prejudices against women actresses who were over the age of 40.
1985 March Cosmopolitan ? Cover story: The Latest Wrinkle on Raquel
1985 LosAngeles Jan Cover and cover story: Raquel Welch: How to Keep Getting Better, Not Older
1985 New Body Magazine cover: Exclusive Shape Up with Raquel Welch
Inside New Body magazine article Revving Up With Raquel An exclusive look at Raquel Welch's personal method for maintaining peak form without pain or strain
1994 November Tattler Cover & cover story: Raquel Welch The sex symbol bowls over the feminist Camille Paglia discovers her role model for the Nineties
Tattler for their Nov 1994 issue had Raquel Welch as their cover & the cover story, an interview with Camille Paglia. The academic Camille Paglia declared that Raquel Welch represented the indelible image of a woman as queen of nature, a lioness, fierce, passionate and dangerously physical , who stood for?the pagan ideals of sensuality and glamour that contemporary feminism has prudishly edited out of its vision of female power.
1994 Ms Fitness winter issue Cover and cover story: Raquel Welch Still Stunning and Sexy
In 1994 Raquel released a book and VSH tape: Raquel: The Raquel Welch Total Beauty and Fitness Program. It was An easy-to-follow health and exercise program, based on the principles of hatha-yoga rather than aerobics, for people of all ages is accompanied by separate sections on nutrition and diet, fashion, and make-up. It'savailable on Amazon.
Magazines, ?Book & Catalog Covers: The Later Years
Other magazines have used her image to boost readership. Below you will see a cover of Esquire Spain edition 2015 using a licensed image of Raquel taken in the 1970s? by Terry O'Neill.
Esquire Spain edition 2015 Raquel taken in the 1970s? by Terry O'Neill
Magazine circulation on the newsstand peaked in 2007. It has been diminishing ever since. Newsstands are a fraction of their former size. Today we can do a search online for our favorite celebrity and get the latest gossip and pictures. All the major magazines have online presences as well, in some cases, available in actual magazine form at a newsstand. But there is no need to buy a magazine when you can read it online. The out pouring of tributes online at the death of Raquel Welch is astounding, but we haven't found any magazine covers yet.
Raquel Welch has graced the catalog covers of the wig manufacturer HairuWear for many years promoting her own wig line under her the Raquel Welch Collection. Raquel made it fun and fashionable to wear wigs. She insisted that any style in her collection be worthy of a leading lady and make you feel like you'd just stepped into the spotlight.
In 1997 during a stint on Broadway in the musical production of "Victor/Victoria", Raquel Welch was approached by Celebrity Signatures International Inc. to create her own signature collection of wigs and hair additions.
During her time on Broadway in the 1997 musical production of Victor/Victoria, Raquel Welch was approached by Celebrity Signatures International Inc.. They invited her to create her own signature collection of wigs and hair additions. When The Celebrity Signatures International, Inc. and Eva Gabor International divisions are merged, the new company changed its name to HairuWear Inc. The new company reinvented itself into the multi-branded, fashion focused company that it is today. Although Raquel Welch passed away in 2022, her signature wig line remains a premier brand for Hairuwear. Peruse the fine selection of Raquel Welch wigs at ElegantWigs.com.
Raquel Welch modeled a number of her wig designs throughout the years for her collections.
In 2015 a press release from Hairuwear announced: Raquel Welch Named Creative Director Of Signature Line By HairUWear.
Inside pages of the Raquel Welch Spring 2015 Signature Wig Collection.
Now the lead for the creative team, Raquel will be providing the creative direction for the entire line, and will be supervising and inspiring the team on projects from conception through completion. Raquel's debut collection as Creative Director will be the Spring 2015 collection, which will feature three new styles along with two best-selling favorites.
This is a video introducing the Raquel Welch Spring 2015 Signature Wig Collection.
She graced numerous catalogue covers throughout the years as each new collection was introduced. Here are just a few examples.
Raquel Welch Wig Collections from 2020 & 2021
Raquel Welch Wig Collections from 2022
A legendary beauty with a vivacious talent, Raquel Welch leaves a trail of magazine covers that followed her throughout her career.