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Joanne Kandy Latham (born 21 March 1961) is an English former glamour model.
Joanne Kandy Latham
21 March 1961
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Weight||55 kg (121 lb; 8.7 st)|
Latham was born in Wolverhampton. After studying classical ballet for nine years she took a scholarship to the Royal Ballet School. A dancing competition led to a request for her to model for retailer Miss Selfridge. This consequently drew her into the world of modeling and television commercials where she became an instant success. She appeared on Page 3 of The Sun and in the Daily Mirror and built a huge following as a glamour model. In 1978 ATV made a documentary about her called "A Model's Dream" in the series England, Their England. After a shoot with leading glamour photographer Patrick Lichfield, he was so impressed with her that he included her photo on the inside front cover of his book The Most Beautiful Women, a collection of his photographs.
In 1979, major men's magazines Playboy and Penthouse waged a very publicised battle over her for the first nude pictures. Latham signed a contract with Bob Guccione and Penthouse which promised a fee of £70,000 for her to appear in the 10th Anniversary edition. Latham adorned nineteen pages of the magazine. That edition made U.S. history, selling more in dollar percentage than any other magazine to date and making a profit of $18 million. After a brief affair with Guccione, Latham's contract was terminated with Penthouse when she fell in love with Guccione's son. She moved from New York to Los Angeles and briefly became the girlfriend of Hugh Hefner living in the Playboy Mansion. In the early Eighties Latham returned to England to her Midland home in the village of Tettenhall.
Latham was featured on the cover of Death Penalty, the debut album by NWOBHM band Witchfinder General. It was released in 1982 on Heavy Metal Records. She also featured on the cover of Friends of Hell, their second album released in 1983.
In 1982, Latham was involved in a serious car accident, after which she gave up modelling to open the first 'workout' keep-fit studio in the UK. Her daughter, Elizablue Nairi, was born in southern Spain in June 1985.
In later years, she studied drama at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, working under a director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and went on to play the lead role in a government-funded film for the arts.
In 1999, Latham became a teacher of yoga training at the Sivananda Yoga Vendanta Centre in Nassau, Bahamas. Since then, she has continued working in the healing arts. Despite several offers, she has refused to write her biography. She has set up her own charity with her daughter 'Blue', who is also a teacher of yoga and is studying to be a Doctor of Ayurvedic medicine.