Richard Avedon created this photo. I really like this unique pose and how you can see every minor detail in the photo. Nothing is blurry and the background is not distracting which makes the subject pop out.
Nita Naldi, an American silent film actress. She was usually cast in the role of the "femme fatale"/"vamp", a persona first popularized by actress Theda Bara. She also played the vamp in the 1920 version of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde with John Barrymore.