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Happy 82nd Birthday to my FAVORITE Aunt Mildred Taylor (nee Green) my grandmother’s baby sister. In the 1950s, she competed (and won!) in “Negro” beauty pageants and did some local modeling in our homet
own of Newark, NJ. I wanted to show you what she looked like today to show you that Vintage Black Glamour can last for a lifetime. Happy Birthday Aunt Mildred! 

vintageblackglamour:

Happy 82nd Birthday to my FAVORITE Aunt Mildred Taylor (nee Green) my grandmother’s baby sister. In the 1950s, she competed (and won!) in “Negro” beauty pageants and did some local modeling in our homet

own of Newark, NJ. I wanted to show you what she looked like today to show you that Vintage Black Glamour can last for a lifetime. Happy Birthday Aunt Mildred! 
vintageblackglamour
vintageblackglamour:

A 1961 Dixie Peach advertisement that appeared in Ebony featuring Eileen Mills, Director “of the glamorous Negro cover girls at New York’s leading agency for colored models.”

vintageblackglamour:

A 1961 Dixie Peach advertisement that appeared in Ebony featuring Eileen Mills, Director “of the glamorous Negro cover girls at New York’s leading agency for colored models.”

vintageblackglamour
vintageblackglamour:

Darnella Thomas in one of her groundbreaking ads from the legendary Charlie fragrance campaign in the 1970s.

From Black and Beautiful: How Women of Color Changed the Fashion Industry by former Ford model Barbara Summers

Although Darnella shot at least four ads for the Charlie campaign, she was not signed to a contract. “Every time I did a shoot for them I would get paid whatever the day rate was; it was never a contract.  A contract would have entailed them giving me the television commercials, which is what I really wanted.  I know for a for a fact that the reason I did the second, third, and fourth ads was because they got a lot of letters about me.  I wouldn’t have continued to do them if they weren’t successful. It was interesting, too, that I didn’t see some of the ads. When you photographed, you shot two or three ads. I don’t know how many they used, or where. The ads ran in some parts of Africa and Latin America, but they didn’t tell me that. I wasn’t supposed to know obviously. Who thought that far? I was only looking for Essence, you know? But they used my ad in Vogue and Glamour also.

vintageblackglamour:

Darnella Thomas in one of her groundbreaking ads from the legendary Charlie fragrance campaign in the 1970s.

From Black and Beautiful: How Women of Color Changed the Fashion Industry by former Ford model Barbara Summers

Although Darnella shot at least four ads for the Charlie campaign, she was not signed to a contract. “Every time I did a shoot for them I would get paid whatever the day rate was; it was never a contract.  A contract would have entailed them giving me the television commercials, which is what I really wanted.  I know for a for a fact that the reason I did the second, third, and fourth ads was because they got a lot of letters about me.  I wouldn’t have continued to do them if they weren’t successful. It was interesting, too, that I didn’t see some of the ads. When you photographed, you shot two or three ads. I don’t know how many they used, or where. The ads ran in some parts of Africa and Latin America, but they didn’t tell me that. I wasn’t supposed to know obviously. Who thought that far? I was only looking for Essence, you know? But they used my ad in Vogue and Glamour also.

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rookiemag:

The Old Crowd
Badass babes by today’s guest, Chrissie.

rookiemag:

The Old Crowd

Badass babes by today’s guest, Chrissie.

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Nyasha Matohondze for Vogue Japan, shot by Solve Sundsbo.

i would like this white dress with gold detail to come be my boyfriend. I’ve literally just discovered that I don’t need a man, all I need is this dress ~judge meh~

I would like to pretend I have someplace to wear the red dress & the white & gold dress. I don’t, but I’ll make one up. Yes. I need them in my life. Also, please notice that these are not infantilizing. Yay fashion that celebrates grownfolk business.

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ofanotherfashion

Of Another Fashion: This gorgeous photo of a 1963 Harlem fashion show is one of the many...

ofanotherfashion:

This gorgeous photo of a 1963 Harlem fashion show is one of the many images on display at the soon-to-open exhibition, Posing Beauty In African American Culture which has been traveling throughout the country over the last year or so. The exhibition is curated by Deborah Willis, Professor…

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