Black History Month: Top Black Models of All Time?
Their flawless faces grace magazine covers across globe. Their enviable bodies are everywhere from the catwalk to commercials, and every so often, you'll see them on the big screen or in TV shows of their own. They serve as the muses to some of the best designers in the world, and they are the definition of beauty and femininity. In honor of Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week, here are our picks for the top black models of all time.
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Iman has appeared in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Ebony, but the model-turned-entrepreneur now devotes most of her time to her cosmetics line for women of color.
As the first African American woman to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue, Tyra proved that sexy comes in all shades and shapes. But she's not just a pretty face: Tyra's show America's Next Top Model is still going strong after 10 years, and the stunner is using her Harvard education to further build her media empire..
As the first American American model to appear on the cover of American Vogue, Beverly Johnson broke down door after door in the modeling world. She has appeared on more than 500 magazine covers and now has her own reality show on the OWN Network.
The British supermodel became the first black woman to be on the cover of French Vogue and Time Magazine, and she has also dabbled in acting and music. Did we mention she also co-authored a book and created a perfume line? Naomi does it all.
Newcomer Joan Smalls is the most coveted model working today, as the Puerto Rico-born stunner has racked up dozens of magazine covers and editorials. She has walked the runways for Oscar de la Renta, Robert Cavalli and Diane von Furstenberg, and has donned wings for Victoria's Secret.