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THE 50 MOST BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE:
Mozart in Doc Martens, Paganini in hot pants--however you
describe 17-year-old violin prodigy Vanessa-Mae Nicholson, one
thing's certain: She's a classical gas. The daughter of a Thai
mother and a Chinese father recorded the first of three albums
of Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven at age 10.
By age 13, though, London-reared Vanessa-Mae had an electric fiddle, a
really cool hairstyle and a whole new musical bag. In the video
of her synthesized version of a Bach piece, Vanessa grooves in a
wet T-shirt. The moves helped her first pop album, The Violin
Player, hit Britain's Top 20 charts. Another CD--and more
videos--are in the works. "I want to do for the violin what Jimi
Hendrix did for the guitar," she says.
But until adolescence worked its hormonal magic, Vanessa-Mae didn't have much to do
"it" with. "I was really androgynous," she says. "In restaurants
they would ask, 'What would you like, young man?'" Marvels her
friend Vasko Vassilev, concertmaster of the Royal Opera House
Orchestra: "I teased her when she had braces, but now she's so
perfect." Blessed with smooth skin and pouty lips that
Hollywood's collagen contessas would kill for, Vanessa is still
too young to need a beauty plan, though she does follow her
mother's advice: Keep your hair off your face. "If looks sold an
album," she says, "all the supermodels would have No. 1 hits."
Copyright 1996 Time Inc.
SPECIAL SECTION/THE 50 MOST BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE: VANESSA-MAE NICHOLSON., People, 05-06-1996, pp