Top Black Supermodels Who Have Paved The Way for African Models

  1. Tyra Banks

Tyra’s pecan-tanned figure has been all over the TV and internet these days—in the business mogul sense. She’s the executive producer for the hit reality show America’s Next Top Model, the launching pad for now-familiar model faces like Eva Pigford, Bre Scullark and Nicole Linkletter.

  1. Tyson Beckford

The first black male model to receive supermodel status, and the highest paid male supermodel, of all time.

The absolute definition of gorgeous

  1. Beverly Johnson

She was the first black model on the cover of U. S. Vogue Magazine, French Elle Magazine, and German Cosmopolitan Magazine.

  1. Naomi Campbell

Yes, she has anger issues, but the British bombshell has been killing the runways for over 20 years. She was the only black “member” of the original gang of 90s supermodels (Cindy, Linda, Christi- remember the George Michael video “Freedom”) who were on a first name basis with the world.

Discovered as teen in London, this former ballerina is perhaps the most successful black model (and model in general) in the history of fashion, working well into her 40s and has spoken out about the biases that exist against black models in the industry.

  1. Naomi Sims

She was the first black model on the cover of Life Magazine and Fashion of the Times Magazine. Was the first working black supermodel in the late 1960’s

  1. Beverly Johnson

Beverly Johnson is the definition of timeless beauty. Johnson helped the world to take pleasurable notice of our wide noses and full lips when she became the first Black model to grace American Vogue’s cover in 1974. One short year later, her aesthetically pleasing features wowed French Elle magazine readers, when she was the cover girl for the publication. The New York Times cited her as one of the most instrumental people in fashion in the 20th century.

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