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Tue Jun 11, 2024, 07:50 PM Jun 11

Duran Duran's Rio Cover Model Identified 42 Years Later [View all]

A surprise for the subject of the photo and the band members themselves

The mystery subject behind one of the most iconic album covers of the ’80s has finally been revealed. For decades, fans have speculated about the identity of the inspiration for illustrator Patrick Nagel’s artwork for Duran Duran’s Rio, who has now been revealed as model Marcie Hunt.

In an Instagram post, Patrick Nagel historian and art broker Monica Moynihan explained the fan account @nagel_angel spent “countless hours” figuring out the reference photo for the album cover was pulled from a 1981 issue of Vogue Paris.

“Patrick Nagel fans, today we publicly reveal Duran Duran’s Rio May 1982 album cover image source from Vogue Paris, February 1981,” Moynihan wrote. Even Duran Duran joined the celebration with a repost.

Hunt reportedly retired from modeling in favor of a more private life, but jumped into the comments of Duran Duran’s repost to reveal that even she was unaware of the fact that her Vogue editorial shoot was used as a reference for the cove

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Oh come on, we all knew her name is Rio. Think. Again. Jun 11 #1
And We Know... ProfessorGAC Jun 12 #2
Really? Dr. Strange Jun 13 #3
Just Like That! ProfessorGAC Jun 13 #4
And when she shines, she really shows you all she can. Different Drummer Jun 13 #5
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