Who she is: Evelyn Nesbit was an artists' model, chorus girl, and Gibson Girl immortalized in E. L. Doctorow's historical fiction novel, Ragtime.
Why she's scandalous: Evelyn's photos are mesmerizing, but her story is much darker than her innocent images portray. First, there was her relationship with Stanford White, which began when he was 47 and she was 16. Then she married Harry Thaw, a cocaine addict and physical abuser who killed White out of jealousy. And finally, she was a major player in the two sensationalized murder trials of Thaw's "Crime of the Century."