by Barbara Summers
From Ophelia DeVore in the 1940's and today's Tyra Banks, Grace Jones, and Naomi Campbell, Black and Beautiful highlights more than sixty years of the Black fashion model's triumphs and struggles. Barbara Summers, a Ford Model for seventeen years, interviewed dozens of models and selected more than 250 photos for this landmark publication. Celebrating the strength and style of these fascinating women and their groundbreaking careers, this book is a gorgeous tribute to the beauty of Black women everywhere.
Summers has provided a record oral remembrances, antique advertisements, fantasy high-fashion spreads, working girl composite shots that stitches together the flourish and fanfare with the contortions and compromise that black women endured to fit ideals of imagination without losing their sense of self. Los Angeles Times
Paperback: 304 pages