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Bethann Hardison Named Vogue Italia Editor-at-Large

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The First Black Cover Girl: Donyale Luna! Donyale Luna (January 1945 - May The first notable African American fashion model and the first black cover girl. She also appeared in several films, most notably as the title role in Salome.

Bethanne Hardison.  Rare Vintage: Versailles 73: American Runway Revolution

For designer Bill Blass’s first advertisement in American Vogue (September the model Bethann Hardison (now a model agent herself) was guarded by a couple of tightly leashed borzoi

one of the fashion industry’s first Black supermodels, Bethann Hardison is an icon!  Her silver twa is stunning!

one of the fashion industry’s first Black supermodels, Bethann Hardison is an icon! Her silver twa is stunning! Mother of actor Kadeem Hardison

Bethann Hardison, casting director and legendary supermodel of the 1970s and actor and her son Kadeem Hardison

Bethann Hardison, casting director and legendary supermodel of the and actor son Kadeem Hardison

Bethann Hardison and Stephen Burrows |  EBONY MAGAZINE 1970’S

Fashion Designer Stephen Burrows and Model Barbara Cheeseborough by Moneta Sleet, Jr.

Walking the Walk to Increase Diversity Bethann Hardison’s Cause: More Diversity in Fashion

Bethann Hardison’s Cause: More Diversity in Fashion

Bethann Hardison, a fashion insider and activist for diversity on the runways, is to be honored by the CFDA.

Bethann Hardison and Iman in 1977.

Bethann Hardison to Win CFDA Award for Work Promoting Runway Diversity

’ Iman and Bethann Hardison at a fashion party in Photo by Dustin Pittman via The Wall Street Journal. Photo Courtesy of Vintage Black Glamour Pre-Order the Vintage Black Glamour book TODAY!

Previously, Bethann Hardison has mounted a campaign for increased diversity in runway shows. Her letters to CDFA showed an egregious lack of non-white models. Today, Hardison talked to Good Morning America with supermodels Iman and Naomi Campbell. Namely, they're not calling anyone the R word, exactly: "Nobody is calling these designers racist," says Iman, "but the act itself is racism."-Shenwan W

Video: Iman, Naomi Campbell, and Bethann Hardison Talk Racism on the Runways

Three models, Naomi Campbell, Bethann Hardison and Iman, discuss campaign for increased diversity on runways.

I HAD THIS TRACK COACH IN HIGH SCHOOL, AND HE WOULD ALWAYS SAY TO ME, “BETHANN, STAY IN YOUR LANE AND LEARN TO RUN YOUR OWN RACE.” I THINK THAT’S GOOD ADVICE FOR LIFE TOO.  — BETHANN HARDISON (FROM 'THE AUTHENTICS" BY MELANIE ACEVEDO AND DARA CAPONIGRO)

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I HAD THIS TRACK COACH IN HIGH SCHOOL, AND HE WOULD ALWAYS SAY TO ME, “BETHANN, STAY IN YOUR LANE AND LEARN TO RUN YOUR OWN RACE.” I THINK THAT’S GOOD ADVICE FOR LIFE TOO. — BETHANN HARDISON (FROM 'THE AUTHENTICS" BY MELANIE ACEVEDO AND DARA CAPONIGRO)

Bethann Hardison:  "When I started to model, I was so odd-looking; I really looked like a skinny black boy—I had a short Afro, I didn't wear makeup—and believe you me, I got rejected a lot. But I was brought up to believe in myself."

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Bethann Hardison: "When I started to model, I was so odd-looking; I really looked like a skinny black boy—I had a short Afro, I didn't wear makeup—and believe you me, I got rejected a lot. But I was brought up to believe in myself.

Bethann Hardison and Iman

Bethann Hardison and Iman

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