Raquel Welch: Stunning photos of one of the 60s most iconic sex symbols

Raquel Welch’s name is synonymous with both the rise of 1960s sex symbol and the transformation of female roles in Hollywood.

Born Jo Raquel Tejada on September 5, 1940, in Chicago, Welch’s breakthrough came with her role in the 1966 film One Million Years B.C., where she barely had three lines but her depiction in a doe-skin bikini made her an instant pop culture icon. 

Yet, Welch was determined not to be pigeonholed by her image. She showcased her versatility in roles across various genres, from comedies like Bedazzled (1967) to the action-packed Bandolero! (1968) and the musical The Wild Party (1975).

Her efforts to diversify her career did not go unnoticed. Welch won a Golden Globe in 1974 for her role in The Three Musketeers and continued to break the mold with her performances in television specials and Broadway, proving her talents extended beyond the silver screen.

Off-screen, Welch’s influence extended into the realms of fashion and fitness, where she published books that reflected her advocacy for health and well-being, resonating with fans worldwide. Her image graced the covers of magazines, setting trends and defining a generation’s aesthetics.

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