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Betty Adewole is the new face for Tom Ford’s Spring/Summer 2014 beauty campaign. The 21 year old Nigerian-British model has appeared in British VogueAlexander McQueen’s Spring/Summer 2014 show and Teen VogueI can’t wait to see the final spread!

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While I congratulate Adewole on her recent triumphs, I would be remised if I did not take this time, especially during Black History Month, to shine light on some of the first black models.

First Most Well-Known Black Model, Helen Williams:

First Successful Black Model In Paris, Dorthea Towles Church:
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First Black Model to appear on the cover of British Vogue, Donyale Luna:

First Black Model to Appear on the cover of American Vogue, Beverly Johnson:beverl johnson

The list goes on. Essence has a beautiful slideshow of the milestones made my black models.