- Real name
- Alain Maurice Louis René Tap
- November 18, 1939
- United Kingdom
Born in Saigon in 1939 as Alain Tap, although all of this is disputed. Birth place is sometimes assumed to be Hong Kong, and other possible birth years are 1941 and 1946.
Lear started a career as a fashion model in the mid-1960s and came to public attention as the model for the cover of Roxy Music's For Your Pleasure. Although she was Salvador Dali's muse and mistress throughout the 1960s and 1970s, she was romantically linked to Brian Jones and was the inspiration for Miss Amanda Jones. Lear also carried on a year long affair with David Bowie, who paid for singing and dancing lessons, launching her musical career in disco and Euro-pop.