January 25th, 2011
Ethnic Models, Fashion News
Pat Cleveland, Billie Blair, Alva Chinn, Iman, Bethann Hardison, and more attend the Tribute To The Models Of Versailles 1973 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
By Claire

Iconic models, designers, and artists gathered yesterday to celebrate the Tribute To The Models Of Versailles 1973:

As we mentioned in this post, the historic French fashion show put American designers on the map. And what set Americans apart? Their use of black models.

The event, hosted by Oscar de la Renta and Stephen Burrows, welcomed and gave tribute to Charlene Dash, Norma Jean Darden, Bethann Hardison, China Machado, Barbara Jackson, Romana Saunders, Pat Cleveland, Billie Blair, Alva Chinn, and Amina Warsuma. Liya Kebede, Veronica Webb, Iman, Jason Wu, Donna Karan, Sam Fine, Veronica Webb, June Ambrose, Estelle, Star Jones, and Soledad O’Brian were also in attendance.

Looks like fun times!
And if any of those models names are unfamiliar, stay tuned! We’ll be doing a special on Black Models for Black History Month.
Read more about the historic Versailles fashion show here.
See June Ambrose’s personal feelings about the event here:

Story spied @BeautyisDiverse. Thanks to Rural Glamour!

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12 Responses to “Pat Cleveland, Billie Blair, Alva Chinn, Iman, Bethann Hardison, and more attend the Tribute To The Models Of Versailles 1973 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art”

  1. Who is the model in the sheer purple top?

  2. Elle Wills says:

    That’s Pat Cleveland in the purple, still werking!!! I Die!

  3. dyshaun says:

    Man look at Pat Cleveland!! And Cicely Tyson…I should be so lucky!

    I <3 June!

  4. esme says:

    iman and pat cleveland look fantastic as usual. love them! what the hell is on june’s head?

  5. sun.kissed says:

    I really like the first picture. Estelle, Joy and Star look a mess.

  6. Dream says:

    Why in the world is the girl from dirty money wearing those fly boots with that outfit.

  7. trini says:

    ok so i guess i’m the only one that’s feeling miss estelle’s outfit??? *looks around to see if anyone else agrees*

  8. BLack Sheba says:

    Why does Estelle always wears black?

  9. Bronze says:

    I love Pat Cleveland. She is a real fashion icon. I wonder why she remains to stay out of the limelight.

  10. Annie says:

    Pat and Iman, still camera-ready my goodness!

    Sorry, I don’t <3 Estelle's look…

  11. [...] I said hello to Sam Fine, who reads The Fashion Bomb and was appreciative of our coverage of the Tribute to the Models of Versailles event at the Met. It was a great [...]

  12. Rosie Miller says:

    It was interesting that no real photos of Bilie Blair could be seen. She was a beautiful person on that runway.

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