Hazel was a married Scottish model who lived on Clydeside and who featured regularly in ToCo publications in the late ‘50s to mid ‘60s. She was credited with being a secretary who loved wild flowers, captain of her school netball team and all-round athlete, specialising in the 100 metres. She was also said to be a yellow-belt exponent of judo. There is a set of her on the mat in Spick 124; personally, I would have preferred to see her doing battle in her knickers, stockings and suspender belt rather than her judo togs – and with me as her opponent.
A Fullarton girl – as clearly evidenced by the directoire knickers she and her stable mates were coerced to wear for the camera (more likely for the photographer), the familiar fireplace in his sitting room, the garage and Vauxhall, and the often used pushchair and pram. Added to that, there is another giveaway – there are unpublished photos of her where Fullarton has persuaded her to remove a bit more than ToCo models usually did. He managed to persuade quite a number of the Bearsden clan to do that – for personal distraction in the darkroom perhaps.
Bouffant blonde Hazel is just about the only model for whom ToCo provided sundry personal details, with the blurb accompanying her photo in Span 262 consisting of nothing else. Hazel was said to be planning on emigrating to Australia, I wonder if she ever made it.
Personal Details - Born 1943 - Blue Eyes - 36-23-36
Appearances - 27, debut BB 93 (August 1963), just three days before here appearance in Spick 117 on the 20th of the same month.
Spick - 117, 124, 195, 208, 220, 221, 224, 233, 246
Span - 107, 109, 111, 112, 127, 177, 184, 203, 262
Beautiful Britons - 93, 97, 100, 155, 187, 232
Spick & Span Extra - 11, 14, 40
I have recently had contact from a family member, who has very kindly provided a few extra snippets of information.
Born in 1943, Hazel was the third of 5 children (4 girls and 1 brother).
As she grew up, Hazel had a liking for the boy next door, and it would appear that he also fancied her. But, out of the blue, he moved to America to live with his aunty. He obviously really missed her though, and kept in close contact. He eventually proposed to her in a letter. She accepted and moved to America to get married to him when she was 17 years old. Once married, they lived in America for about a year before returning to Scotland, eventually settling down in Rutherglen, Glasgow.
Hazel’s modelling days with ToCo started in the early 1960’s - not long after returning to Scotland as a married woman. The family knew about Hazel’s modelling for ToCo - with her Dad being particularly proud of her, showing the less scantily clad pictures to his mates.
Apparently Hazel also did a one-off clothing shoot in Italy with her young daughter (who would have been about 3 at that time), in around 1965, possibly for Vogue.
Hazel did have hopes of emigrating to Australia. She never did make it, but was a regular visitor. At home, she eventually ended up working in pharmaceutical sales after her modelling days came to an end.
Sadly, Hazel passed away about 10 years ago which would have made her about 64, far too young.
Hazel Shaw was not her real name but one made up for the purposes of her modelling days.