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Ninalee Craig also known as Jinx Allen (1928) is an American woman, known for being the subject of a series of photographs by Ruth Orkin the most notable of which is American Girl in Italy.


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In 1951, Ninalee Craig went on a six-month tour of Europe. While in Florence, Italy, she met photographer Ruth Orkin and the two became friends. Orkin photographed Craig as she walked around Florence capturing images of her shopping at markets, flirting in cafes, viewing landmarks, and other travel experiences. The most iconic of the photos is known as American Girl in Italy and shows Craig walking down a street being ogled by a group of men. Many interpret the photograph as one of harassment and chauvinism. Craig says "At no time was I unhappy or harassed in Europe" and that "[the photograph is] not a symbol of harassment. It’s a symbol of a woman having an absolutely wonderful time!" and "Italian men are very appreciative, and it’s nice to be appreciated. I wasn't the least bit offended"

Later life

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After her trip, Craig returned to New York City and worked as a teacher and an ad writer. She was married to an Italian and lived with him in Milan, but later divorced. After returning to New York, she met a Canadian man, married him, and moved to Toronto. She has 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

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