Queen of the Aquatic World: Annette Kellerman
A publicity still of Annette Kellerman from the lost film A Daughter of the Gods (Herbert Brenon, USA, 1916). Kellerman is credited with being the first woman to appear nude in a film.
When she spoke with Joel Greenberg in 1974 for her oral history she insisted she wore a ‘very thin pair of tights’.
As you can see in this photograph a long wig was also strategically placed for modesty.