Speaking of The Cut, the outlet also recently reflected on how diversity has evolved on the runway. For instance, in the ‘70s, there was a clash between European designers and American designers for who ruled the industry, and from those battles emerged the first supermodels. On Nov. 28, 1973, there was a fashion show that was allegedly a showcase and fundraiser for the Versailles Palace, but “in reality, it was all ego,” notes the Cut.
Of the 36 American supermodels in the “Battle of Versailles,” only ten of them were Black—but they delivered “attitude, something no one had been delivering in traditionally stuffy and snoozy fashion presentations.”
Pat Cleveland was one of those models, but as The Cut reminds us, there are more Black women who have paved the runways of fashion. Accordingly, the outlet named 10 who should be household names, including Tyra Banks, Beverly Johnson, Beverly Peele, Deborah Shaw, Karen Alexander, Kara Young, Lana Ogilvie, Kimora Lee Simmons, and none other than co-founding editor of The Glow Up, Veronica Webb.
You can read more about each model on The Cut now.