List of black fashion models

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Naomi Campbell was the first black supermodel.[1]

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.[3]
Tyson Beckford, chosen by music cable network Vh1 as "Man of the Year" in 1995.
  • Maria Borges – Angolan model who booked 17 shows during her first season since being discovered back in 2012. Borges has since walked for Dior and Givenchy, even referring to the fashion house’s Creative Director Riccardo Tisci as her “godfather.”


  • Naomi Campbell – first black (British) model to grace the covers of French Vogue Paris (August 1988 issue) and Time magazine (TIME Magazine Europe 9/18/91), and the second for the cover of British Vogue (December 1987 issue).
  • Dorothea Church – African American pioneering model. She was the first successful black fashion model in Paris.


  • Agbani Darego – Nigerian model and winner of Miss World competition 2001. She worked for brands such as L'Oréal cosmetics.



  • 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.



  • Bethann Hardison – African-American editor, journalist, model and television commentator. In November 1973, was part of "The Battle of Versailles" designer walk-off that helped put American fashion on the global style map.
  • Marsha A. Hunt – African-American model, singer, novelist, and actress.



  • Beverly Johnson – first African-American to grace the covers of American Vogue (August 1974 issue) and French Elle (1975).



Sessilee Lopez at the Barbie 50th Anniversary Collection
  • Janet Langhart – African American model, television journalist and author.
  • Donyale Luna – American fashion model of the 1960s and early 1970s. The first black model to appear on the cover of British Vogue.
  • Damaris Lewis – African American model who appeared in the 2009, 2010, and 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues.






  • Lais Ribeiro – is a Brazilian model. In 2009, she started modelling locally and shortly after walked the major international catwalks for such designers as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, and Marc Jacobs.


Arlenis Sosa, Dominican fashion model, at the Carlos Miele Spring 2009 Collection
  • 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.
  • B. Smith – Pennsylvania native began her career with the Ebony Fashion Show and went on to grace the cover of Mademoiselle (magazine) in July 1976. Currently a successful entrepreneur.




  • Jessica White – African American model and occasional actress.


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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Victoria Sherrow (2001), For Appearance' Sake: The Historical Encyclopedia of Good Looks, Beauty, and Grooming, Greenwood Publishing Group, p. 198, ISBN 9781573562041, Naomi Campbell (b. 1970), who began modeling during the 1980s, is considered to be the first black "supermodel." 
  2. ^ a b "David Agbodji". Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Encyclopedia of African American Popular Culture, 2010, p. 91, Time magazine named Banks as one of the world's 100 Most Influential People. 
  4. ^ a b "Tyson". 8 May 1995. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "South Carolina African American Calendar // Honorees". Retrieved 2013-01-23. 

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