Friday, April 30, 2010

Before there was a Naomi

Before There was a Naomi Campbell or a Tyra Banks or even toddler Chanel Iman, there was a Naomi Simms, Donyale Luna, Patt Cleveland, Beverly Johnson, Karen Robinson, Veronica Webb and Grace Jones.
Before Naomi even fell on the runway these runway divas were the colored models that ruled the runway they were the ones that really made black models what they are today. Donyale was the very first black model to ever be featured on any Vogue Cover meaning before Beverly Johnson’s American Vogue cover, her cover was on in March 1966 legendary isn’t it, though Donyale is known for a Divesque behaviors on set and never really wanting to be categorized as a colored model but just a model (who needs labels right) she died early on in her career from an accidental drug overdose. Naomi Simms was on the cover of Life which was apparently big for models at that time, Beverly Johnson too was the first black Woman to be on the cover of American Vogue and before Grace Jones became a sexual wildcat writhing on the floor in scary outfits and dissing Lady GaGa she was a model apparently her distinct features and statuesque frame attracted model agents and bookers.

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