February 22, 2016

#FABHistoryMonth: Beverly, Louisa, and Iman for Revlon

Let me tell you, an pre-teen Melissa used to LOVE this photo. I didn't know what a supermodel was or what they did, but I knew this photo was amazing. 

This revolutionary ad was a campaign by Revlon in 1990 called "The most unforgettable women". I would see this photo, a folder-over ad in Ebony & Essence. I don't know if this ad was in any other magazines, because my mom only purchased Ebony, Essence, and Time. A quick Google search shows this was a huge campaign that featured many diverse models, click here. 

Didn't matter to me, I just loved it. So let's get into these black supermodels and why they are Black History Amazingness:

Beverly Johnson is considered the first Black supermodel. She was also the first black woman to appear on the cover of American Vogue. She's has a international hair-care and extensions line that has lasted for the last 10 years and made millions.
Louise Veyent is one of the most famous models from the Netherlands - of any race. Pretty cool! Now, at age of 51, Louise continues to model internationally.

Iman has been modeling since the early 70's and has covered MANY magazines and many runways. She's even been a muse for several designers. The model is fluent in five languages: Somali, Arabic, Italian, French and English. As of 2010, Iman Cosmetics is a $25-million-a-year business

Which of these supermodels was your fave? Let me know in the comments section!

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