I’m very sorry to hear that Ophelia DeVore-Mitchell, the pioneering businesswoman, model and early advocate for Black models, died on Friday, February 28, 2014, at the age of 93. Ms. DeVore-Mitchell was born in 1922 in Edgefield, South Carolina. She went on to open a legendary modeling agency and a school for people of color in New York City. Models and actors who came through her school include Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson and Richard Roundtree. In this photo, Ms. DeVore-Mitchell (in pearls) is shown with her husband, Vernon Mitchell, and two models at the ODV Cosmetic Beauty Bar in the 1960s.