Black models have contributed greatly to the industry even though it hasn’t been an easy road.
Fashion is one of the largest markets in the world responsible for selling everything from clothing and makeup, to accessories and food. Black models have contributed greatly to the industry even though it hasn’t been an easy road. Many would only find success in the foreign market while some were able to crossover. Here are just a few of many Black men and women who have been first to blaze a trail in one way or another.
Dorothea Towles Church
Church found work as a model appearing in Black publications and fashion shows on the West Coast. While attending her sister’s European choir tour in Paris, while on a two month vacation, Church was hired by fashion designer, Christian Dior, to stand in for one of his models and the rest was history. During the early 1950s, Church would stay in France as a model in demand, design her own couture line and be one of a few to set the trend on Black models in Europe.