When I was girl in Philadelphia My mom did piece work. She would bring home boxes of clothes from the garment factory she worked at and make extra money turning cuffs, clipping threads of some special order. I would eat my dinner or do my homework while she worked steadily.I love being able to attend Fashion Week and seeing the lean beautiful models , fashion designers and editors gives me a thrill. On my bucket list is to attend Paris Fashion week too. I wrote a HuffPost Style piece on b michael's show 2015. It really makes me appreciate the quality and craftsmanship behind the couture I see in the show. Of course I hope to see my leading lady in "The Billionaress" wear such beautiful treasures!
The first black model to grace the cover of British Vogue
was Donyale Luna in 1966. Donyale
went on to star in movies directed by Otto Preminger, Federico Fellini and Andy
Warhol, before the end of her short tumultuous life. The cover of Vogue is the pinnacle of any model’s career.
The honor can lead to high-end fashion and beauty contracts, film, TV and commercial
roles and entrepreneurial enterprises.
The first African American model on the cover of American Vogue was
Beverly Johnson. Her career
achievements include film and TV roles, two beauty books and a successful hair product
line. Beverly is the star of a
reality show on OWN“Beverly’s Full House”. real
estate entrepreneur. The second African American model to score a Vogue cover was Peggy Dillard. Peggy is now a successfulHer Harlem salon, Turning Heads was on the vanguard of the natural hair
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also a multi hyphenate talent. Iman is an actress, author and CEO of Iman
Cosmetics. Many Vogue…
Last year I remembered a documentary I saw produced by Antoine Fuqua called, "Bastards of the Party" about the Bloods and the Crips. The director, a former gang member felt the gang turf wars grew out of the restless generation that came after The
Black Panther Party who patrolled to monitor police brutality during the civil rights era. I thought it was fascinating it got me to thinking about Huey P. Newton co-founder and Minister of Self Defense of The Black Panther Party. I started reading everything on his life and work. Truly a labor of love one book on Eldridge Cleaver (Eldridge Cleaver author of Soul on Ice and Minister of Information became a Republican ) would lead me to a book on Geronimo Pratt and on to a book about his lawyer Johnnie Cochran and so on. I read Alondra Nelson' book, “Body and Soul The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination” for her extensive research on the Party's healthcare activism. Tumbler is a great source for …
I am looking forward to summer so much I've started my summer wardrobe. The winter is expensive with wool coats, status bag, Uber, boots and good red wine. Summer is easy it's all swimming, salads, reading, biking and white wine. I've been picking up mix and match bikini separates from H&M for a song. I love colorful flip flops at Old Navy.
Straw bags and cloth bags replace heavy leather bags to carry fruit, water, books and my ipad. Pretty cotton dresses at Forever 21 and Anthroplogie are my daily uniform. My big splurge is sandals. I was in Barney's New York yesterday checking out the Manolos and Louboutins . The sandals are so sexy and exquisite how can I choose. I need a moment.