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Farrah Fawcett and her iconic bathing suit

Farrah Fawcett and her iconic bathing suit — Photographer Bruce McBroom reflects on his famous ’76 shoot

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Farrah did her own hair and her own makeup, not that she needed much makeup. She was only about 29, and just gorgeous in anything. She’d go in, get something out of the closet, and I’d find another background. I knew I didn’t have a picture that resonated with me even though she looked great. I was running out of ideas and I was getting desperate. I said, ”You know how you look best. Is there anything else that you’ve got that we haven’t shot? The [poster producer] says he wants sexy.” So she said, ”Lemme go look around.” She comes to the door and she’s standing in the doorway in that red suit. And she said, ”What do you think of this?” It was like it was spray-painted on her. I said, ”You know what? That’s it!” I said, ”Farrah, just get comfortable and do your thing.” When she did the series of sitting-up poses, I said, ”We’ve got it.” And I heaved a big sigh of relief.

As told to Dan Snierson