Makeup Tips from Former CIA Chief of Disguise

“Jonna Mendez has fabricated disguises around the world, in the most hostile cities in the world. She is able to take a well-known figure and quickly disguise them to the level that they basically disappear and their colleagues would not be able to recognize them.”

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Jonna Mendez was recruited into the Central Intelligence Agency in Europe in 1966. For many years she lived under cover and served tours of duty in Europe, the Far East, and the Subcontinent, as well as at CIA Headquarters. She joined the Office of Technical Service in the 1970’s and within a few years she was back overseas as a Technical Operations Officer with a specialty in clandestine photography.

Jonna Mendez, former CIA Chief of Disguise, takes a look at spy scenes from a variety of television shows and movies and breaks down how accurate they really are. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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Jonna Hiestand Mendez is a retired CIA intelligence officer with over 25 years of service. When she retired in 1993 she had risen to the position of Chief of Disguise at the CIA.

She was married to fellow CIA officer and author Antonio J. Mendez. Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease more that 10 years ago, Antonio J. Mendez died on January 19 2019, aged 78.

They have written three books together. “Spy Dust: Two Masters of Disguise Reveal the Tools and Operations that Helped Win the Cold War” was published in 2003.

Argo” is the story of Tony’s rescue of 6 American diplomats from Tehran during the Iranian revolution. “Argo” was made into an Academy Award winning movie that won Best Picture in 2013.

They have just completed “The Moscow Rules,” a book about their experiences working for the CIA in Moscow during the Cold War. This last work will be released on May 21 2019,

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Makeup Tips from Former CIA Chief of Disguise

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