Gunilla Knutsson

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Gunilla Knutsson in 1957

Gunilla Knutsson (sometimes billed as Gunilla Knutson, Gunilla Knudson or Gunilla Knudsen)[1] is a Swedish model, actress and author, from Ystad. She was named Miss Sweden in 1961[2] and was a semi-finalist in the Miss Universe pageant the same year.

She is most famous for a series of Noxzema medicated shaving cream commercials from 1967 to 1973, in which she urged men to "take it off, take it all off" (referring to facial hair).[3] During 1973, she appeared with Joe Namath in such a commercial when he was the star quarterback for the New York Jets American football team. Gunilla Knutsson later became spokesperson and vice-president of sales for Rose Milk Skin Care Lotion.[4]

A photograph of Gunilla Knutsson appeared on the cover of the 11 December 1970 issue of Life magazine. This issue of Life, with the caption 'Model Gunilla Knutson owns a health food store', featured a three-page article entitled "The Move To Eat Natural" with a photo of Knutsson at her store Nature's Children, of which she was part-owner. Another photo of her appeared on the October 1972 cover of RC Modeler Magazine in front of a radio-control model of an American Bell Jet Ranger Helicopter, designed by Len Sabato.

In 1979, The Beaver County Times issued an article, "The Gunilla Knutsson Saga", in which she spoke about her everyday life as an executive married woman.

In the 1990s, she worked as a wine taster for Sabrina Wine Importers and a gymnastic instructor at the Buckley Elementary School in Manhattan.[5][6]

Selected works[edit]

  • Beauty And Health The Scandinavian Way (New York: Hawthorn Books, 1969)
  • Gunilla Knutson's Book of Massage (St. Martin's Press, 1972)


  1. ^ Gunilla Knudson, Internet Movie Database, retrieved 19 February 2011
  2. ^ Fröken Sverige genom tiderna Archived 21 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine. (in Swedish)
  3. ^ 1965 Noxzema Shave Cream TV Commercial.
  4. ^ Advertising: The Copycats. Time Magazine. 11 July 1969
  5. ^ Rubenstein, Hal (26 September 1993) It's Growing. New York Times
  6. ^ Noxzema Shaving Cream Girl. TV

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