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Black and Beautiful: How Women of Color Changed the Fashion Industry Paperback – February 5, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Amistad (February 5, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006095812X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060958121
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,424,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A startlingly refreshing look at Black women models in a way that not merely celebrates their beauty but also honors their work." -- -- Miami Times

"Rich and inspiring" -- -- Essence magazine

About the Author

Barbara Summers is the editor of the bestseller I Dream A World: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America and author of a collection of short stories, Nouvelle Soul, and the novel The Price You Pay. Her own story as a model is one of many told in Black and Beautiful

More About the Author

My wonderful, hard-working father used to call me Daughter #2. He and my mother had 4 girls before their one and only son arrived. We girls were born in Springfield, Mass. When the family moved to Hartford, Conn. my parents literally built our house. My beautiful mother - a Hunter College graduate - mixed the mortar, and my father - a Morehouse man - laid the bricks. Their passionate, productive partnership laid the foundation for my concept of how women and men should - and could - live together.
I went to the University of Pennsylvania, Yale, and the Sorbonne, where I promptly became a grad school dropout and a lifelong Francophile. In the surprising adventure that is my life, I have been a Ford fashion model, a world traveler, a teacher, a writer and editor, a lover, wife, and mother, a sister to several, a good friend to many. I define myself as an artist. Artists are charged with the special responsibility not just to speak truth but to sing it.
I believe:
*We are all related - literally.
*While politicians, terrorists, and maniacs of power strive mightily to prove otherwise, war is not the answer. Love is.
*Sing, and if you can't sing, hum.

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I found this book so interesting and needed to reflect the wonderful work black women have made as objects of beauty. I was suprised to know that women like Daphne Maxwell-Reid was a cover model. This book is a definate reference manual for black history.
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