Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Nancy Glenn-Nieto

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Nancy Glenn-Nieto (1944- ) is an Mexican American actress, model, and Fine art painter. Perhaps best known as a model and an actress in Mexico City, however, her art work has become highly collectable. Her major themes are mystical animals, colorful flowers, and powerful saints; she explains “I have developed my own style.”

Born in Oklahoma to an engineer family for Douglas Aircraft Company, she moved with her family to Southern California in childhood. During her girlhood she spent a good deal of time with her maternal grandmother who was born and raised in Chihuahua, Mexico. She became enchanted with her grandmother’s stories that created colorful contrasting views of a country full of culture, music, and art, but politically on the brink of upheaval. Growing up in a family of two cultures, she integrated both with equal value into her personal perspective.

Her interest in art began when she was a little girl. During her High School years, her first job was painting Christmas scenes on the local merchants shop window. While she liked to paint and draw, she also liked the attention she got when she won the Miss Los Angeles beauty contest. That same year at 23 years old she entered the Queen of the Pacific Beauty Pageant held in Melbourne, Australia as the representative from California.

After graduating University of California, Santa Barbara, with a degree in Fine art, her identification with her grandmother motivated her to get to know her grandmother’s Mexican roots. After traveling throughout Mexico, she decided to establish herself in Mexico City.

While visiting an art gallery in Mexico City, a publicity director of the Mexico City office of an international publicity company was impressed with her shapely legs, and she was offered to be a model in commercials for Christian Dior's leg wear. From that national exposure, her modeling career blossomed. Soon she became one of Mexico’s top models. Large international companies used her image to advertise their product. She appeared on billboards, TV commercials, magazines such as Vanity, in major newspapers, and she modeled in Haute couture fashion shows for Catalina Swimwear, Chanel, Dior, and El Palacio de Hierro.