Did you know??

In 1946 model and entrepreneur Ophelia Devore started Grace Del Marco, the first model agency in America to focus on ethnic talent…


By way of her company, Devore identified and nurtured the careers of several household names, including Diahann Carroll, Richard Roundtree (Shaft), and Cicely Tyson.

Like Bethann Hardison, Ophelia Devore was an activist for black inclusion in the fashion industry. Her courage and initiative helped pave the way for models of today!

4 thoughts on “Fun Black Fashion Fact: Ophelia Devore”

  1. Yes, she’s still alive. She lives in Georgia, where she is the publisher of a newspaper.

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