I was very sad to learn of the passing of model Barbara Cheeseborough, best known as the model on the very first issue of Essence magazine in May 1970. Ms. Cheeseborough died of colon cancer on October 24 at the age of 67. A native of Philadelphia, she was signed to the Ford modeling agency and appeared in magazines including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Cosmopolitan along with walking the runway for designers like Givenchy, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Calvin Klein. She was married for 47 years to William Edward Cheeseborough, a fashion photographer, and is survived by him and their daughter, Sia Suon Cheeseborough Bey, three brothers and two sisters. Photo: Essence.