Athena tennis poster girl Fiona Walker at ‘Court on Canvas’ exhibition, London, Britain – 21 Mar 2011

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Paul Grover/REX (1300673i)
Fiona Walker with her famous ‘cheeky’ Athena tennis girl poster
Athena tennis poster girl Fiona Walker at ‘Court on Canvas’ exhibition, London, Britain – 21 Mar 2011
Fiona Walker, the model from the iconic 1970s Athena poster depicting a girl scratching her backside on a tennis court, posed with her famous picture at the ‘Court on Canvas’ exhibition, which explores tennis as a subject in art. The photograph was taken by Martin Elliott in September 1976 and features then 18-year-old Fiona Butler, his girlfriend at the time. The photo was taken at Birmingham University using a borrowed dress, racquet and balls. The poster was first published as part of a calendar by Athena for the 1977 Silver Jubilee, the same year Virginia Wade achieved the Wimbledon ladies singles title. The poster achieved widespread distribution when licensed to the poster shop Athena in 1978 where it sold for £2. It sold about 2 million copies as a poster. Fiona said that she was not embarrassed about posing nor bitter that she did not receive any royalties from the photo. Elliott died on 24 March 2010.

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