Herb Alpert's 'Whipped Cream Lady' now 76


Guys, the girl of your teen dreams now is 76.

Her name is Dolores Erickson and she has been living in Longview, Wash., for around 35 years.

You don’t know her by name — maybe as the “Whipped Cream Lady” — but certainly by the album cover on which she is featured: the 1965 Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass’ “Whipped Cream & Other Delights.”

There she is, seemingly naked but covered in what is supposed to be whipping cream.

Whenever a list of the most memorable record covers is put together, that album is right at the top.

For Erickson, the photo shoot was one of many in her career. After graduating from high school in 1954, Erickson modeled in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.

In 1965, she got a call to fly to Los Angeles for a photo shoot for A&M, a new label started by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss.

She was 29 and three months pregnant. “But I wasn’t showing,” she says.

Erickson put on a bikini, but with the straps down. She sat on a stool and photographer Peter Whorf placed a white Christmas tree blanket on her from the waist down.

The cream was actually shaving cream, which, unlike whipped cream, wouldn’t melt under bright lights.By 2012 standards, that album cover is demure, yet it endures.

“I looked at it as being an ice cream sundae,” Erickson says.


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