He was a French fashion designer, and is regarded as one of the greatest names in fashion history. He is also credited with having introduced the tuxedo suit for women and was known for his use of non-European cultural references, and non-white models. Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent was born on 1 August 1936, in Oran, Algeria. […]Read More
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Beauty and fashion in Ancient Egypt. A spectacular dress made of beads in a fishnet pattern. This dress, traditionally worn over a white sheath, is a masterpiece of Ancient Egyptian fashion design. One of twenty such dresses worldwide. One of the exhibition’s visitors stood there gazing at the dress for a long time, long enough for […]Read More
This beadnet dress is the earliest surviving example of such a garment. It has been painstakingly reassembled from approximately seven thousand beads found in an undisturbed burial of a female contemporary of King Khufu. From Giza, tomb G 7440 Z. 1927: excavated by the Harvard University. Although their string had disintegrated, a few beads still lay […]Read More
African women have worn headscarves for many years for religious, cultural reasons and even as a fashion statement but they were traditionally worn by older, usually married women. Many also love the convenience of it – it can be a quick fix for a bad hair day. Model: Tico Armand A selection of names for […]Read More
When was the first time you learned about the one-drop rule? The one-drop rule is a social and legal principle of racial classification that was historically prominent in the United States asserting that any person with even one ancestor of sub-Saharan-African ancestry (“one drop” of black blood) is considered black (Negro in historical terms). […]Read More
Zanzibar postcard, circa 1920’s Zanzibar is one of the Indian Ocean islands. It is situated on the Swahili Coast, adjacent to Tanganyika (mainland Tanzania) Occasionally called the “Spice Islands,” Pemba and Zanzibar (or Unguja) are renown for cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg production. Zanzibar (the island) has a growing tourism industry. worldatlas.com/aatlas/infopage/zanzibarRead More
Nationality: Unknown Ethnicity: (Dominican) Latina She speaks English and Spanish. –Cleopatra inspired photos by mannelik Galaxia Lorenzo SI Swimsuit 2016 Casting Call – Sports … Traveling Visiting London, England At a casting I love this hair do. Simply beautiful.Read More
The daughter of a sheikh from the African Sudan Princess Kouka arrives in London, 1937. After starring in the Jericho movie with Paul Robeson, she was in several Egyptian films and went by simply as Kouka. She played a character named “Gara” in a movie with Paul Robeson. It was released in 1937 and called “Jericho” […]Read More
Zewditu (also spelled Zawditu or Zauditu) was an Empress of Ethiopia from 1916 to 1930. The first female head of an internationally recognized state in Africa in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the first Empress regnant of the Ethiopian Empire perhaps since the legendary Makeda, the Queen of Sheba, her reign was noted for the […]Read More
Watussi Woman is a sublime portrait of a noblewoman in the court of HM Mwami Rudahigwa III, monarch of the Watussi in the territory of Ruanda-Urundi, then part of the Belgian Congo. In an extraordinarily fortuitous development, the identity of the sitter has been confirmed as Emma Bakayishonga in Rwanda in 1942. Famous for her […]Read More
Nationality: Canadian Ethnicity: She is African American and German. Born Denise Katrina Matthews, Vanity is a glamorous Canadian ex-model and lead singer of the all-girl group “Vanity 6” of German and African/American , she specialized in playing sultry female characters often in trouble with the law. (CNN) Vanity fronted the group Vanity 6 but was best […]Read More
Nationality: American Ethnicity: African descent. Her parents are from the West Indies/ Caribbean. Ms. Lewis also went on one of Prince’s tours as an dancer. Damaris Lewis is an American model that appeared in the 2009, 2010, and 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues. Lewis was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Prince’s muse: His […]Read More
Nationality: (Santander, Cantabria, Spain) Spanish Ethnicity: European & Maurican, African. She’s 5’10 with blue/green eyes. Dalianah’s sun-kissed beauty is a genetic blessing from a Spanish Mother and a Mauritian Father. She speaks French, Spanish and English. Quote: African girl around the world. On the advice of a friend, Dalianah visited Traffic Models in Barcelona, and in […]Read More
Nationality: (Gainesville, Georgia) American Ethnicity: African descent. At the age of 13, she won her first modeling contest. Ms. Benton is a honor graduate of Georgia State University . She is a New York based model & is 6’2 ft tall. Quote: Around thirteen, I was reintroduced to my childhood dream. I signed with my first agency […]Read More
Whoopi Goldberg , is an American actress, comedian, and television host. She has been nominated for 13 Emmy Awards for her work in television, and is one of the few entertainers who have won an Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, an Oscar, and a Tony Award. She was only the second black woman in the […]Read More
Brandon Maxwell presents his second collection in all black and white, with his friend and client Lady Gaga in attendance at the intimate New York show. Fashion Designer & Stylist Brandon Maxwell is best known for his work with Lady Gaga. This was a great show. Check it out ladies 😉 BRANDON MAXWELL – BRANDON MAXWELL […]Read More
Nationality: British Ethnicity: Jamaican, African descent. She was born in Northampton, England to Jean McGrath, a Jamaican immigrant. Jean was a single mother who raised McGrath in Northampton. McGrath credits her mother for her love of fashion and make-up, saying that Jean would comment on clothes as they watched classic movies together. Of her career, […]Read More
Nationality: (Ajax, Ontario) Canadian Ethnicity: Indian and Jamaican She is 5’10 ft tall. Quote: The craziest thing I’ve ever had to do on a shoot: Shooting at night in the sea with what I was convinced were baby sharks. I’m best known for my (eyes, freckles, hips, etc.): Cat like eyes. She has been jetting around the […]Read More
Nationality: French Ethnicity: African She speaks French and English. Ms. Gatabazi stands at 5’7 1/2 ft tall. I was totally captivated by this stunning photo. Not much is known about this young lady but I would definitely like to see her more often in the fashion world. Brilliant in gold This Photo Above was taken with […]Read More
I love the intricate hairstyles and GOLD accessories. African artisans designed and custom made jewelry too. These are some of the most inspiring and amazing portraits of beauty… Grooming was a way of life. Maybe this explains our love for fashion, accessories, jewelry and intricate hairdos. “In and Out of the Studio: Photographic Portraits from West Africa,” opens today. The […]Read More
Nationality: (Sacramento, California) American Ethnicity: British caucasion mother and African American father who was an Air Force pilot . She is 5’10 and has aqua eyes in-between blue and green. She is an American fashion model, television personality, designer, occasional actress and business woman. Nicole began her modeling career at age 13. Within a year, Nicole won […]Read More
Nationality: French Ethnicity: Guadeloupean / Martiniquais (Caribbean /West Indies) African descent. Ms. Augustin speaks French and English. She is 5’10 1/2 ft tall with blue eyes. Quote: Both my parents and my brother are dark skinned but the West Indies are a mix of genes from different countries and you never know what skin color your baby […]Read More
Nationality: American Ethnicity: Trinidad and Tobago (Caribbean/West Indies) Mixed Afro and Indo-Trinidadian. Ms. Bhagwandeen is an actress, known for America’s Next Top Model (cycle 20) & Ballers, before joining “America’s Next Top Model”, Renee Bhagwandeen has worked as a model previously. She moved to the United States when she was six years old. She is no stranger […]Read More
The only way is EGYPT! 3,000-year-old remains of woman unearthed with 70 hair extensions tied in intricate layers. The pieces were elaborate creations, with one recently uncovered in an Egyptian coffin made up of 70 elaborate extensions fastened together. Out of 100 skulls analysed, 28 still had hair. The type of hair ranged from curly black […]Read More
These are some of my personal and random photos I took from the Brooklyn Museum. Wigs was a sign of higher status in the ancient past, as you know we always had an interest in beauty. Grooming was a way of life. “In ancient Egypt thick hair was favored, and although common women kept their own hair, those of higher […]Read More
Legendary black American stage performer who took pre-World War II Europe by storm but found constant racial harassment in her homeland.
Biography of the African-American who became a major performer in the Paris cabarets of the 1920’s and 1930’s. The film follows her life beginning as a struggling performer in 1917 St. Louis, her frustrations leading to her move to France, and follows to her death in 1975.
Today in history, June 3rd, 1906… dancer, singer and actress Freda Josephine McDonald (aka Josephine Baker), who gained fame in Paris, France, thanks to her “risque” cabaret and musical hall performances, was born in St. Louis, Missouri.
While Ms Baker did perform on screen in a number of films – Siren of the Tropics (1927), Zouzou (1934) andPrincesse Tam Tam (1935), notably – she’s probably more universally recognized for her vaudeville stage musical acts which helped her become maybe the first international black female celebrity.
She was also politically active, making contributions to the Civil Rights Movement here in the United States, and assisted the French Resistance during World War II, becoming the first American-born woman to receive the French military honor, the Croix de guerre.
She died on April 12th, 1975 at age 68.
Since then, there’s really been only 1 true attempt to tell her story on film – the 1991, HBO movie, The Josephine Baker Story, which starred Lynn Whitfield as Baker. Whitfield would go on to win an Emmy Award for her performance!
Quote: Sharam Diniz Really proud of each of you. This is what we are living for!!! Making HISTORY. 9 African / African descent & Bi-racial Angels. DIVERSIDADE no desfile da victoriassecret!!! Muito orgulho! É para isso que nós estamos a viver!!! Para fazer HISTÓRIA. Brazil is one of the most mixed race countries in the […]Read More
Nationality: (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) American. Ethnicity: Cuban, African-American, Dominican and Portuguese background, Afro-Latina. She has appeared in Vogue and graced one of the four covers of its “All Black” issue. Her career started in 2004, when she signed with IMG Models. A fan of her Beauty, tattooed her image on the back of his hand. Her runway […]Read More
Nationality: American. Ethnicity: Mother Caucasian & Father African American. Catwoman is a 2004 American superhero film directed by Pitof and stars Halle Berry, The film is loosely based on the DC Comics character of the same name, who is traditionally an anti-heroine and love interest of the vigilante hero Batman. The catsuit was designed by […]Read More
Nationality: Unknown Ethnicity: (Caribbean/West Indies) African descent. She was born in Montego Bay, Jamaica. What do you like about this job? What I like most is doing shows and travelling because it gives you such a rush to be moving around so fast in such a short time. It’s amazing! What’s your biggest fear? Losing myself. […]Read More
Figures form Forbes compiled over the past couple years show that female models make millions more than their males, especially when looking at the top 10 earners of each respective gender. And there’s no contest when you compare the highest paid female supermodel (the recently retired Gisele Bundchen, at over $47 million for 2014) with […]Read More