Posts tagged "beauty"

Beauty contestants in Los Angeles, sometime around 1955. Writer and collector Jim Linderman shared this photo. There were black beauty contests as early as the 1920s, but they really caught fire in the 1950s (especially since the most prestigious pageant at the time, Miss America, had their infamous “Rule #7” which plainly stated that “contestants had to be of good health and of the white race.” Anyway… the young woman third from the left is Jeanna Limyou. I recognized her right away from the December 1955 cover of Ebony magazine. Many of my Facebook fans have pointed out that she is on Facebook today and her real name is Gina Davis (she was once married to Dodgers player Willie Davis, who died in 2010).  She was a popular starlet with Johnson publications in those days and appeared on the covers of JET and HUE magazines numerous times. 

I am happy to announce that Vintage Black Glamour - THE BOOK! -  is scheduled to be published in Spring 2014!  Starting today, you can register your interest in the book (registering is different from pre-ordering, which will be available starting early February) at vintageblackglamourbook.com. My publisher is Rocket 88 an imprint of London-based Essential Works, and after you register, you will be contacted by email in early 2014 with further details about the book and, if you wish, you may pre-order at that time. Once again, thank you so much! ~ Nichelle Gainer

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.

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.

Beauty contestants backstage at a pageant sponsored by the Shriners in Harlem, 1951. Photo: Burt Glinn/Magnum Photos.

Beauty contestants backstage at a pageant sponsored by the Shriners in Harlem, 1951. Photo: Burt Glinn/Magnum Photos.

Popular Chicago model Cordie King (center) is featured in this December 10, 1955 Chicago Defender article on a benefit she presented (showcasing Parisian-influenced hairstyles) at the Morrison Hotel’s Terrace Casino “in her debut as a song stylist.” The models showing off looks from the show are (clockwise) Loretta Conley, Edwina Baltazar, Vivian Pryor and Francis Wilson.

Popular Chicago model Cordie King (center) is featured in this December 10, 1955 Chicago Defender article on a benefit she presented (showcasing Parisian-influenced hairstyles) at the Morrison Hotel’s Terrace Casino “in her debut as a song stylist.” The models showing off looks from the show are (clockwise) Loretta Conley, Edwina Baltazar, Vivian Pryor and Francis Wilson.

Iman in a 1976 Avon advertisement. She is wearing a dress by Giorgio Sant’ Angelo. 

Iman in a 1976 Avon advertisement. She is wearing a dress by Giorgio Sant’ Angelo

When I first told my dad about Vintage Black Glamour, he had one question: “Is Freda Payne in the book?” Why yes, Dad. Yes she is. This photo by Terry O’Neill (via Getty) is from the early 1970s.