Top black fashion models throughout the years prove that beauty has no boundaries. As fashion guru Franca Sozzani, Italian Vogue Editor-in-Chief, says, “the truth is that real beauty doesn’t care for skin color or nationality.” Check out StyleBistro’s list of the most successful black models in fashion!
Lineisy Montero born in 1996 is a south west Dominican model best known for working with Parada. Her body structure, facial expressions, and sociable personality have made her the teen age beloved model in the fashion industry. received great admiration in the fashion industry to make her name.
Tyra Banks is the epitome of sexy on the runway. In 1996, Tyra made history as the first-ever black model to grace the cover of Sport’s Illustrated. Since then, the supermodel has graced the pages of top magazines including Maxim and GQ. This fashion maven also sees herself as a mentor, telling UK’s Channel 4, “We need every culture represented in fashion to show that young girl that she matters, that she exists, and that she is beautiful.” While we sure do miss seeing Ms. Tyra strut her stuff on the Victoria’s Secret runway, we do enjoy watching her on America’s Next Top Model and The Tyra Banks Show. Watch out, Oprah!
Fresh-faced beauty Chanel Iman has taken the modeling scene by storm. At the age of 16, Iman walked the runway for Anna Sui, Derek Lam, Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, and Valentino. As part Korean and part African-American, Chanel is very aware of the importance of diversity in the fashion world. “I don’t want to be known as the black model,” she said to Teen Vogue. “I want to be recognized as Chanel Iman, a personality.” In 2010, Iman signed a contract with Victoria’s Secret and officially became an Angel, officially marking her arrival as a household name.
No fashion list would be complete without international supermodel, Naomi Campbell. This long-legged beauty was born in London and was discovered at 15. In 1987, Naomi was the first black model to appear on the covers of British Vogue. Since then, she has appeared in campaigns for YSL, Prada, and Louis Vuitton. Naomi is well aware of her status as a role model. In a candid chat with Interview, shei stated, “I feel a responsibility, because I’ve been given so many.
StyleBistro celebrity guest editor Jessica White is a born and raised New Yorker who was discovered in her hometown of Buffalo, New York in 2000. Her exquisite face and bombshell body has landed her in editorials for Harper’s Bazaar and Sports Illustrated. Jessica also consistently struts her stuff for sexy brands like Victoria’s Secret. While still pursuing modeling, Jessica has proven to be quite the industry chameleon by appearing in music videos for artists such as John Legend, Robin Thicke and Jay-Z. She is currently working on producing her own skincare line.
In 2006, this British beauty was spotted shopping at English budget store, Primark and the rest is fashion history. Jourdan Dunn has been hailed by British Vogue as a “new star” and has been featured on the covers of Vogue and Elle. She has walked the runways for brands such as Rodarte, Alexander McQueen, Matthew Williamson, Chanel, Christian Dior and Oscar de la Renta—just to name a few. Did we mention she’s accomplished all of this before the age of 20?
Sexpot Selita Ebanks was discovered at a Six Flags amusement park in New Jersey at 17. In 2005, Selita was officially welcomed into the Victoria’s Secret Angels family. Exploring other ventures, she was recently spotted as the lady love in Kanye West’s “Runaway” music video. The curvacious Ebanks is a runway favorite with her million-dollar smile and feel-good mantra: “Just love what you’ve got and go out there and be yourself.” As our first ever celebrity guest editor, Ms. Ebanks has a special place in the hearts of the StyleBistro team!
Born in Puerto Rico, Joan Smalls signed with Elite Models in 2007 and has quickly emerged as one of the top names in fashion. She has graced the runways of Gucci, Burberry, Prada, YSL and Christian Dior. Joan has worked with top photographers such as Mario Testino, David Sims, Steven Meisel and Patrick Demarchelier. With her statuesque figure and sharp featuers, Joan is proving to be the top model to watch in the fashion world.
Danielle “Dani” Evans
As cycle 6 winner of America’s Next Top Model, Danielle Evans has had surprising success on the runway, walking for designers such as Baby Phat and Project Runway’s Korto Momolu. Danielle has also appeared in editorials for Elle and Seventeen. With her her long limbs and sexy strut on the runway, we expect that this Southern belle is going to have a successful modeling career.
she is a black belongs to African, Brazilian, Caucasian and West Indian descent. Portuguese with ethnicity as Roman Catholic. Jasmine is signed to these modeling agencies namely Mega Models – Miami and IMG Models for New York, Paris, Australia, London and Milan. She has dated Jasmine Tookes dated Brandon Mychal Smith. Nowadays she is in close ties with Tobias Sorensen.
Jasmine advertised for the fashion brands such as Victoria’s Secret, DKNY, Gap, Lancôme, and Ugg Boots. Best known for walking the ramp and working with brands like Calvin Klein, Miu Miu, Tom Ford, Prada and Versace.