Rosemary McGrotha was born November 8, 1958 in Tallahassee, Florida.
McGrotha was the antithesis of the conventional rail thin fashion model. A voluptuous brunette with piercing blue eyes, she broke the model stereotype and reigned in a category all her own, and was one of the most sought after models for more than a decade.
McGrotha was a tremendously popular editorial model. Some of her numerous covers included: Vogue, Elle, Bazaar, Self, Mirabella, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Amica, Mademoiselle, New Woman, Moda, Femme and Redbook.
She was a favorite of photographer Helmut Newton who photographed her many times for various magazines; on the French Rivera for American Vogue, in front of a sculpture of Bismarck in Berlin and at the Brandenburg Gate for German Vogue.
Other exceptional photographers teamed up with Rosemary—Eric Boman, Guy Bourdin, Bill King, Irving Penn, Francesco Scavullo, Jacques Malignon, Denis Piel, Richard Avedon, Bert Stern, Andrea Blanche, Arthur Elgort.
Rosemary had an abundance of advertising clients: Complice, Clairol, Helena Rubinstein, Versace, Saks Fifth Avenue, Karat Gold Jewelry, Anne Klein, Monet, Alexandra de Markoff, Flemington Furs and Gucci. But her most memoral campaign was as Donna Karan’s first signature model and muse, McGrotha, in 1986, epitomized Karan’s sensual, sophisticated urban woman for years to come. She appears in almost all of the Karan ads. The most popular ads where of Rosemary portraying a woman who was President of the United States and still wasn’t afraid to show a little cleavage and a little leg.