A close-up of the 13-inch twist waist skating version. Two of the 13-inch Sonja's with the twist waist variation. Sonja started competitive skating at age 10 and entered the Olympics for the first time in 1924. With her mother Selma's and older brother Leif's participation, making Sonja a star became the family business. By 1928 she was a winner and the next 8 years saw her traveling throughout Europe as a competitive skater. For the 1924 Olympics she wore the skater's traditional baggy costume and black skates but from day one she was out to create her own image and so for the 1928 games she shocked the audience. She wore white velvet with a skirt above the knee and those which became her trademark, white skates. By 1936 she was ready to take her work to a professional level, and to make her girlhood dream come true - to go to Hollywood and become a movie star. Orchestrating a live ice show, which included a deal with William Randolph Hearst and the attendance of Hollywood's elite, her father booked her in Los Angeles. The plan worked. Though a few Olympians had become movie stars before Henie, no one from the world of skating had broken into the movies. Daryl F. Zanuck, head of Twentieth Century Fox had the foresight to realize that a new kind of musical motion picture with spectacular production numbers on ice could become a rage. That too was Sonja's goal, and with her Olympian celebrity and popularity from live shows, she was ready to get started. 70 SUMMER 2020 This 14-inch Sonja wears her printed silk taffeta outfit.