Her name was Fernande Barrey but she was known simply as Miss Fernande. She was born around 1892. Twenty years later she was working as a prostitute, or “horizontal girl” as the police termed the occupation, in Paris. The influx of American soldiers in World War I created a great demand for inexpensive, racy postcards and the models for those postcards were mostly the 6500 prostitutes working in the city at that time. Miss Fernande’s beauty and flamboyance made her a natural for these postcards. Those qualities and her natural business acumen led to great fame and she became the Bettie Page of her time. She was even rumored to have been Pablo Picasso’s first lover, although that possibility has widely been dismissed (attributed to confusion over two women named Fernande). After a high-profile marriage to an artist ended in a 1917 divorce, she disappeared from public view. No one knows what happened to her after 1923.