1941. This photo is reproduced in Ava’s autobiography, in which she describes it as “One of my very first pinup photos”. A caption on the back of the photo reads:
PRESENTING AVA GARDNER…Young Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer actress who was snatched from the John Powers Agency, where she was having considerable success as a model, and hustled to Hollywood, where studio executives are grooming her for further roles.
In fact, Ava never was a John Powers Agency model – that is just a fabrication of MGM’s publicity department.