Christa Päffgen known as Nico was so beautiful. She was a German singer-songwriter, fashion model, actress, keyboard player and a Warhol Superstar. She is remembered for her time in The Velvet Underground.

She’s known as Nico because her friend the photographer Herbert Tobias gave her the name after his ex-boyfriend, filmmaker Nico Papatakis. She recorded her first single “I’m Not Sayin” for Andrew Loog Oldham’s Immediate label after meeting The Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones. She was introduced to Bob Dylan and later began working with Andy Warhol and Paul Morrisey on their experimental films.

After some reluctance Andy Warhol managed to convince The Velvet Underground to take on Nico as a singer. Even though John Cale described her as tone deaf Nico sang lead vocals on three songs. I love to look at these old pictures of her.



  1. Hi Signe! Just wanted to let u know that u are under my blog roll now aswell!! 🙂 Love your blog, it’s very inspiring. Keep up the good work girl!
    xo, May

  2. Dear May,

    Thank you so much, it means a lot!

    Keep in touch

    – Signe

  3. Oh and Signe by the way! You should check out my new collection for Chick With Guns. The AW09 lookbook just got finished, which is super exciting. Would be cool if you maybe wanted to post something about it 🙂 If you like it of course 😉

    Here’s the link:

    Have a nice day/evening (wherever you are in the world)
    xo, May

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