Although we have never been introduced, many of us know this lady a little better than we should. Now, after more than 30 years and countless refusals to pose again, Fiona Walker has decided to show her face for the first time. Court on Canvas: Fiona Walker poses next to the iconic Athena poster she appeared in in
Peter Atkinson, 72, says the woman behind the iconic image is not Fiona Butler, as has always been believed. A man claims to have unearthed the true identity of the famous Athena 'Tennis Girl' - and says it's his ex-wife. Peter Atkinson, 72, has spent 30 years claiming the woman flashing her bum in the iconic s picture is not Fiona Butler, as is commonly believed.
THE story behind the hottest tennis snap ever has been revealed. As Wimbledon starts tomorrow, Daily Star Online has delved deep into the history of the Tennis Girl poster which has become an iconic image. The photograph was taken by Martin Elliott in September and features year-old Fiona Walker who was his girlfriend at the time. This comes as it was revealed when Wimbledon got X-rated, including when a streaking waitress interrupted the men's final. Walker, who broke up with Elliot three years later, said in retrospect that she was not embarrassed about showing off her bum. I see it in very strange places. The dress and racquet were put up for sale at an auction on July 5, , the day of the Wimbledon women's final. Wimbledon is set to be a washout next week but the second week will be a heatwave, experts have said. Video Loading Video Unavailable.
By Andrew Hough. Mr Elliott who took the picture in while he was a photography student, used his then girlfriend Fiona Butler, 18, as a model. She borrowed a white tennis dress, a racket and balls and Martin took a photo of her from behind as she lifted her dress and touched her bare bum. He sold the image to poster chain Athena and it went on to become one of the most famous images in the world. It was first published it as part of a calendar for the Silver Jubilee - the same year Virginia Wade achieved the Wimbledon ladies single title. The picture - called Tennis Girl - went on to sell more than two million copes in Athena shops and continued to sell millions after the firm went bust in the s. Athena tennis girl unveiled. Mr Elliott retained the copyright to the image and made a fortune but Fiona was never paid a penny - but did eventually marry a millionaire. He died peacefully aged 63 at his home in Perranwell Station, near Truro, Cornwall, late last month after a ten year battle with cancer.