Discover a few faces that Marcellas credits as game-changers in the modeling industry, from the inimitable Pat Cleveland to Naomi Sims.
Supreme Models is former model Marcellas Reynolds' first book, an unapologetic homage to the fashion industry's most iconic black models. The celebratory offering is filled with seventy female trailblazers spanning multiple decades, rife with women who laid the groundwork for a new generation of black women breaking the industry today.
“I knew all these models; we shared our lives and stories. I knew A-list models would have incredible stories to tell.What was missing from the art books that I had, was that they always talked to other people like the editors, directors and photographers but not the models themselves.” - Marcellas Reynolds
Model-turned-journalist-and-stylist Reynolds first had the idea for the book after reading a lacklustre tribute devoted to renowned faces in the modelling industry. Quickly noticing a distinct lack of black female models, he tells Refinery29: “I read it from cover to cover and it dawned on me that there were only two black models in the book. I was a little outraged actually. I did some research and there were no art books that were devoted to black supermodels.”
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