Triple P doesn't know what it is about this shot of American model Barbara Minty that he likes so much. A combination of the un-posed look, the dazzling smile, the drops of water on her arms and shoulder and her patently wet swimsuit. Whatever, when we saw it, while looking for something else, we thought "yes, we would select that!"
So did legendary actor Steve McQueen, who saw an image of her on a Club Med advertisement and contacted her agent to arrange a supposed audition. They married after only a few months, despite him being twice her age, but he died less than fours years later.
These pictures were all shot on Polo Beach, Hawaii, for Sports Illustrated by photographer Art Kane (1925-1995).
The 5' 10" tall Minty, from the Pacific North West, was signed as a model by Eileen Ford. She featured in dozens of advertisements, editorials and magazine covers in the mid-seventies. She is now 63.