Of course, we know that no one can walk the runway like Naomi Campbell. Tyra Banks has helped many aspiring fashion models turn into a fashion photographer’s dream. Kimora Lee Simmons started as a fresh face model, but she has created her own fashion empire.

What about the legendary catwalkers who pave the way for black models of today?

Discover the first black models to strut on runways for Halston, Bill Blass, and Oscar de la Renta. Embrace runway models with humble beginnings at the historic Ebony Fashion Fair. Relive the night of 1973 where the black models were praised in Paris Versallies.

Before you start looking up model history on Google, the stories of various black models will be shared on the big screen.

Versailles ’73: An American Revolution is officially in production thanks to Deborah Riley Draper, an advertising executive. With help from her husband Michel Draper and Caralene Robinson, she is creating her first full length film.

Models Pat Cleveland, Bethann Hardison, Billie Blair, Jennifer Brice, Alva Chinn, Norma Jean Darden, Charlene Dash, Barbara Jackson, China Machado, Ramona Saunders and Amina Warsuma will be featured in the film. Also, iconic African American fashion designer Stephen Burrows will make an appearance.

The documentary will discuss race, economics, politics, obstacles, achievements, and style in order to understand black beauty and style.

Draper’s film will be completed in March. And, this is one movie you should put on your list to see.

– Paulette Wilson

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