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Betty Catroux (born Betty Saint) is a former Chanel model[1] and fashion icon who has been cited as a muse by both Yves Saint Laurent and Tom Ford. Saint Laurent has called her his twin sister[2] and referred to her as his female incarnation.[3] Tom Ford was so inspired by her that he dedicated his debut YSL Rive Gauche collection to her.[2]

Catroux is famed for her long white-blond hair, lanky body, gaunt features, and androgynous appearance.[4] Catroux and Saint Laurent met, according to her, in a "very, very gay" nightclub in Paris, Regine's in the 1960s and have been friends ever since.

Personal life

She is the only child of Carmen Saint, a Brazil-born French socialite,[1][2] and Elim O'Shaughnessy, an American diplomat.

In 1968, Betty Saint married French interior decorator François Catroux, a son of General Georges Catroux. The couple has two daughters: Maxime, a book editor at Flammarion,[3] and Daphné, who is married to Count Charles-Antoine Morand.[4]


  1. ^ "Yves in New York". Time. 1968-09-27.,9171,902334,00.html. Retrieved 2008-02-08.  
  2. ^ a b Laird Borrelli. "Betty Catroux: Beauty Icon". Retrieved 2008-02-07.  
  3. ^ Suzy Menkes (2006-09-04). "Karl and Yves in the Decadent '70s". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved 2008-02-08.  
  4. ^ Suzy Menkes (2002-01-08). "Saint Laurent Designs an Elegant Exit". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved 2008-02-07.  


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