Former Hollywood socialite set to model for Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival.
Joanna Yarbrough was born in1942 in the small town of Portsmouth, NH, and she knew from a young age that she wanted to be a ballerina and a movie star. Growing up in the 1940s also influenced her penchant for hats.
“Everyone was always wearing them, and I always just sort of liked them.” Then when she moved to the South – first to Atlanta 22 years ago – her fondness for fashion became more functional. She’d often pull her unmanageable long hair back into a bun and wear a hat. While in Atlanta, she picked up a number of expensive designer hats at yard or estate sales for only a couple of dollars.
That’s when her collection really began growing. To date, she has more than 2,000 hats! She has accumulated her hats either by purchasing them at a bargain price, or by donation from people who no longer want them.