National Geographic : 1962 Jul
"Their physical beauty and amiable dispositions harmonized completely with the softness of their clime" MELVILLE Arriving at Tahiti, Wallis's men "swore they neaver saw handsomer made women in their lives." Generations of navigators and travelers have agreed with them. Of the girls pictured here, Vairea (op posite), with her swan neck, finely penciled eyebrows, and lustrous eyes, resembles the Egyptian queen Nefertiti. Tarita (right), a native of Bora Bora, won the leading part in the film Mutiny on the Bounty, playing opposite Marlon Brando. Tetuanui at lower right displays classic Polynesian features. Girl at lower center is pure Chinese. Ine (below) wears a crown of tiare Tahiti, a species of gardenia.