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1954, Sara Lou Harris In the late 1940s and ’50s, Sara Lou Harris was one of the top Black models in the country. Beyond being the most recognized runway star on the Ebony Fashion Fair circuit, Harris holds the distinction of being the first model of color to appear in a national advertisement

Sara Lou Harris, 1954 In the late 1940s and '50s, Sara Lou Harris was one of the top Black models in the country. Beyond being the most recognized runway star on the Ebony Fashion Fair circuit, Harris holds the distinction of being the first model of color to appear in a national advertisement.

W Magazinefrom W Magazine

In the ’60s and ’70s, Ebony magazine founder Eunice Johnson changed the color of fashion. A new exhibition pays tribute.

Black Power Dressing - Model Audrey Adams on the runway at the Ebony Fashion Fair, 1976.

TAN magazine cover of Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belefonte for the movie, Carmen Jones," 1955. - TAN magazine targeted African-American women and was published by Johnson Publishing, the same people who brought you the Ebony and Jet magazines of today.

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The History of Black Models

1950, DOROTHEA TOWLES Born in Texarcana in 1922, gorgeous Dorothea Towles was the first top Black model to work in Paris.

Little Gregory Hines, his brother Maurice & Dizzy Gillespie - Jet Magazine October 7, 1954 by vieilles_annonces, via Flickr