List of black fashion models

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The following is a list of black fashion models.




Tyra Banks, chosen by Time in 2008 as one of the world's 100 most influential people.[2]
Tyson Beckford, chosen by music cable network Vh1 as "Man of the Year" in 1995.





  • Tomiko Fraser – African-American fashion model and actress. Best known for being the face of Maybelline as well as her role in the movie, Head Over Heels.
  • Malaika Firth – Kenyan model from London. First black model to appear in a Prada campaign in 19 years.
  • Selena Forrest – A new face, Forrest made her runway debut Spring 2016 and opened for Proenza Schouler. Forrest may just be the next tomboy model photographers become obsessed with.[4]







Sessilee Lopez at the Barbie 50th Anniversary Collection





  • Emanuela de Paula – Brazilian top model, who ranked the 11th highest paid supermodel for 2009, earning $2.5 million according to Forbes. De Paula has also been praised by Naomi Campbell and Anna Wintour of Vogue.
  • Beverly Peele – first African-American to grace the cover of Mademoiselle in 1989.
  • Daisi Pollard – Crowned Miss Jamaica International in 2005.
  • Marie Powell – American model.
  • Valery Prince – American model
  • Wanakee Pugh - (professionally known as Wanakee) was born in New Jersey, but raised in Michigan. Initially aspiring to be a fashion designer, she studied Fashion Design at Brooks College in Long Beach, California. After graduation, she entered the fashion industry first as an illustrator, then as a fashion model. Wanakee was at the height of her career when she successfully started a hair care line called "Verifen Complex." Today Wanakee is a Christian minister, motivational speaker, and an incredible artist.



Arlenis Sosa, Dominican fashion model, at the Carlos Miele Spring 2009 Collection
  • Lyndsey Scott – American fashion model who in 2009 was the first model of color to score an exclusive with Calvin Klein.[8]
  • Bre Scullark – third runner-up of America's Next Top Model, Cycle 5
  • Debra Shaw – American fashion model and has walked in major fashion shows from 1993 to 2007 for Alexander McQueen, Badgley Mischka, Betsey Johnson, Dries van Noten, Gieffeffe, Givenchy, Issey Miyake, Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano, Karl Lagerfeld, Lanvin, Ocimar Versolato, Veronique Leroy, Vivienne Tam and Vivienne Westwood.
  • Kimora Lee Simmons – American fashion model, author, and former president and Creative Director for Phat Fashions. She is of African-American and Korean heritage.
  • Naomi Sims – model of the late 1960s and 1970s. The first African-American model to appear on the cover of Ladies Home Journal and Life Magazine in the 1960s. She later went on to write beauty books and created her own line of cosmetics and wigs.
  • Mecia Simone Simson – winner of Britain's Next Top Model, Cycle 5.
  • Mercedes Scelba-Shorte – runner-up of America's Next Top Model in Cycle 2
  • Joan Smalls – Puerto Rican fashion model.
  • B. Smith – Pennsylvania native began her career with the Ebony Fashion Show and went on to grace the cover of Mademoiselle in July 1976. Currently a successful entrepreneur.
  • Toukie Smith – African-American actress and model. Sister of late fashion designer Willi Smith and former long-term partner of actor Robert De Niro.
  • Arlenis Sosa – Dominican model who has graced the cover of Time Magazine, and has walked many runways, such as Derek Lam and Diane von Fürstenberg.
  • Saleisha Stowers – winner of America's Next Top Model, Cycle 9.
  • Stephen Bruynder from the Netherlands. Country that refuses black models, 1987, Paris, kenzo and other designers, often working with Katoucha Niane,

The first and only black Dutch male black model that made his way international.


  • Peggy Dillard-Toone – second African- merican to fully grace the cover of Vogue Magazine August, 1978. Alum of Pratt Institute.[9]
  • Jasmine Tookes – Current Victoria's Secret Angel.




  • Kara Young – California-born model popular in the 1990s. Landed the coveted Vogue cover on three occasions.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "David Agbodji". Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Encyclopedia of African American Popular Culture, 2010, p. 91, Time magazine named Banks as one of the world's 100 Most Influential People. 
  3. ^ a b "Tyson". 8 May 1995. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d Janelle Okwodu, "The 15 New Faces That Ruled Fall 2016", Vogue, March 11, 2016.
  5. ^ Bennett, Alexis (28 October 2016). "Meet the 19-Year-Old 'Melanin Goddess' Instagram Is Obsessed With". Glamour. Retrieved 15 April 2017. 
  6. ^ Models (May 2014). "Winnie Harlow". Models. Retrieved June 23, 2015. 
  7. ^ Keli Goff, "The First Black Supermodel, Whom History Forgot", The Cut, July 10, 2013.
  8. ^ James Lim, "Lyndsey Scott: First Black Model to Score Calvin Exclusive", The Cut, February 20, 2009.
  9. ^ "South Carolina African American Calendar // Honorees". Retrieved 2013-01-23. 

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