Hellé Nice was born as Helene Delangle near Chartres as daughter of a postmaster, moved to Paris as teenager, posed for naughty photographs sold to tourists, and soon became one of the most popular and best known dancing acts in Paris in the mid 1920s.
She started racing through contacts with members of the French motorsport world, like Baron Philippe de Rothschild, and Le Mans winner Henri de Courcelles. Hellé Nice successfully competed in Grand Prix and set multiple speed records in the 1930s in Bugatti’s and Alfa Romeo’s.
|Hellé Nice in an undated photograph (Jean-Pierre Poiter, Chelles, France/Random House)|
|Hellé Nice after her victory in the 1929 Grand Prix Féminin which secured her a sleek Bugatti and the nickname ”The Speed Queen.”|
|Hellé Nice in Rio de Janeiro leading the field in her Alfa Romeo with No. 2.|
Sonia Delaunay (nėe Terk) (November 14, 1885 – December 5, 1979) was a Jewish-French artist who, with her husband Robert Delaunay and others, cofounded the Orphism art movement, noted for its use of strong colours and geometric shapes. Her work extends to painting, textile design and stage set design. She was the first living female artist to have a retrospective exhibition at the Louvre in 1964, and in 1975 was named an officer of the French Legion of Honor.
|This is one of her carpet designs.|