A PORTRAIT of Welsh painter and journalist Molly Parkin was one of the paintings exhibited for the BP Portrait Award.
The fashion-loving veteran of the 1960s posed yesterday alongside the portrait created by artist Darren Coffield in the National Portrait Gallery. Born in Pontycymer, in the Garw Valley, in 1932, Parkin won fame in the 1960s and ’70s as a fashion designer making hats and bags and selling through a boutique in Chelsea. She later founded Nova magazine in 1964 and went on to become fashion editor of Harpers & Queen and later the Sunday Times. After becoming a television personality in the 1970s, Parkin was banned from the BBC for too much swearing.