In Ragtime, Younger Brother has a drawing of Charles Dana Gibson's "Women: The Eternal Question" pinned up in his room. Gibson is credited with the invention of the "Gibson girl" in 1890, a new standard for women as depicted in his drawings. The Gibson girl was taller than most other women, bold and independent while still feminine, poised and well-bred while still mischevious. Gibson's drawings were a feature of Life magazine for thirty years.
There were not many profile shots of Nesbit at the time, but based on the comparisons above, we can safely assume Gibson used Robert Eickemeyer Jr.'s photograph as reference for his famous drawing. Scholar Paula Uruburu notes that Nesbit also sat as a model for Gibson in person at least once. Evelyn had become an artist's model as early as thirteen years old, but her idealization as Gibson girl revealed her beauty to a much wider audience and fanned the flame of her vaudeville career.
Dramaturgy for the Ragtime musical and novel.
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