While the last images of Whitney Houston alive depicted a troubled and worse for wear star, photographs uncovered from the days before her fame tell a very different story.
She may be remembered for her beautiful singing voice, but Houston, who died on February 11 aged 48, in fact began her career as a model.
Images of the star modelling for Seventeen Magazine in 1981 show a fresh-faced and hopeful young girl who had her whole life ahead of her.
The beautiful youngster, who was 18 at the time, can be seen smiling as she looks out to sea in a fuchsia swimsuit, while another photograph shows her running along the edge of the water in a pink and white striped romper suit.
Two of the shots show her sporting a red one-piece along with a snorkelling mask as she carries flippers before heading out into the surf with her fellow models.
And fashion editor Diane Forden who worked with the superstar during her modelling days, has spoken out to tell of how Houston was just as sweet in person as she appears in the beach shots.
Forden wrote on the website BridalGuide.com: ‘I had the pleasure of working with Whitney during her high school years when she was a teen model.
‘She was a delightful, sweet, wonderful person, and all of us who worked with her loved her. She was truly beautiful inside and out.’
The fashion editor also took to the website to tell of how professional Houston was, despite her young years.
She wrote: ‘Anytime we were booking models for a photo shoot, we would always say, “Let’s book Whitney,” “See if Whitney is available,” “Whitney would be great for this story.”
‘She was never a diva and she was always professional. She showed up on time and made our jobs easier by doing her best in front of the camera. She never complained if days ran long and cheerfully did whatever was expected.’
Two years after the singer graced the cover of the teen magazine, she landed a record deal with Arista and began putting together her first album.