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Famous Black Female Entrepreneurs and Models

Updated on September 20, 2012
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A little of History

Black women came a long way since they joined the work force after the Industrial revolution and both world wars. How and why the succeed, let's be honest now...Why they never gave up their dreams in a prejudice environment? We could ask Michelle as an example but all we can say is that they had to work harder than their white counterparts. Have you ever wonder why Naomi Campbell has dished cellphones and kitchen utensils on her white maids? Can you answer to this one Robert DeNiro?

The term Supermodel was adopted in the early 90's. Black models were already in vogue after the MTV phenomenon and sensitive consequent creation of B.E.T. For this hub we have chosen 3 candidates that fit into the category of Models and entrepreneurs. Here they are with their own style and essence.

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NAOMI CAMPBELL

Born on May 22, 1970 in the working-class Streatham district of South London; Naomi was estranged from Her Jamaican father, Ex dancer Valerie Morris, when her mom, or 'mum' was 4 months pregnant. Following her mother's wishes, she never met her biological dad. I wonder if this is one of the reasons of her strong personality and drive toward success or else! and perhaps a hidden thought of not believing in long term commitments. We should ask Myke Tyson or her Actual partner businessman Vladislav Doronin. She declares that her earnings were below Caucasian models even after wide world recognition. She is in our list for her breakthrough success way before other Black models

In 1990 she joined other models for the George Michael's video clip "freedom" next to Tatiana Patitz Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington and Cindy Crawford. Besides acting roles here and there, she venture in an ill fated chain of restaurants called Fashion Cafe, next to Claudia Schiffer and Elle MacPherson. In 1999, she signed her first cosmetics contract with Cosmopolitan Cosmetics, a division of Wella, through which she launched several signature fragrances. Believe it or not her paternal granny is Chinese descendant by the last name of Ming. You can tell by her eyes.

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TYRA BANKS

A successful Entrepreneur, founder of Bankable Productions that was started by Tyra in 2003 as a film and television production company. Her 'America's Next Top Model' and 'The Tyra Banks Show' were produced by her own company. Tyra was born in 1973... right! women hate dates after they reach 30, but she still looks like a bankable model. She was the first top supermodel of African-American descent on the cover of 'GQ' magazine. She can be seen waving her wings as a Victoria's Secret Angel. We are angels too, so we can relate, Do you agree Epi?

Her early appearance on TV, was on the 'Fresh Prince of Bell Air.' If you check Michael Jackson's video Black or White, you will see an 18 years old Banks. Due to her charming personality and careful career moves, Tyra has top our list of Successful Black Entrepreneurs. She will graduate from Harvard University on this memorable month with a degree in Business. Way to go Tyra!

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Iman Abdulmajid ( IMAN)

Born In Somalia on july 25,1955. Married to British Singer-songwriter Davie Bowie, Iman was one of the classy Supermodels that defied age. Her slender and serene looks attracted Magazines from Tokyo, Paris and New York. She currently lives between London and New York... so we might ask her to visit us one day. She is the acting CEO and founder of 'IMAN Cosmetics' launched in 1994. Her vision and charitable heart caught our attention. Her book, " the Beauty of colour," has met tremendous success for her down to earth tips for skin color and its care and treatment. Long gone are the days when she left Mogadishu, Somalia to conquer the World. Back in 1985, she appeared in an episode of Miami Vice. Iman gave life to 'Global Chic' a fashion venture with Home Shopping Network; her marketability and her designing skills were put to the test...and she did succeed.

The extra Bonus from Tyra!

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  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    7 years ago from New York

    Yes Umeraziz,

    There are plenty of beautiful black modles who excel in fashion, design and modeling. Much appreciated for your words! Thanks!

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    umeraziz 

    7 years ago

    all these models are smart and pretty.. good hub in praise of black ladies

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    7 years ago from New York

    Oh Hi Tammy Swallow,

    Your comments are very appreciated. Tyra is my favorite4 too. Actually she is my age ..minus 11 years. Thanks for your feedback!

    LORD

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    7 years ago from New York

    Hi anonymous,

    Your IP address is similar to tammy's and according to my locator you are down South. Thanks for stopping by. Are you a blonde?

    LORD

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    7 years ago from New York

    Hi Pickles&rufus,

    Savvy and beautiful! They did change the world of fashion for good. You can see the difference starting from the early 80's. Glad to see you again

    LORD

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    7 years ago from New York

    Yeah AEvans,

    Naomi had her own issues from childhood. Seems that estranged kids get stronger when it comes to face adversity; Thamks for stopping by!

    LORD

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    Tammy 

    7 years ago from North Carolina

    The annoynomous comment is mine. Didn't realize Hubpages gave me the boot.. again. I am starting to take these glitches personally. :)

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    anonymous 

    7 years ago

    Interesting hub. I am a big fan of Tyra's and I love her show "America's Next Top Model." Well done.

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    picklesandrufus 

    7 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

    enjoyed your hub..think Iman is my favorite. These women are beautiful and savvy!

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    Julianna 

    7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

    Wonderful hub! I didn't know Naomi was underpaid, how sad. But she did prevail and overcame all of her obstacles. :)

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    7 years ago from New York

    You got your say STugod,

    Seems that you lived a productive life with your Construction abilities. Have a wonderful day!

    LORD

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    Stuart Goddard 

    7 years ago from Bradford

    I should tell you when I met the current Mrs Goddard I had been dating a mixed race girl Angelica. She really was a stunning girl. WE were not like madly in love but more than platonic if you get my drift. About this time she disappeared off my radar. I would swear Mrs G had something to do with her not being around any more. She has on occasion mumbled the name Angelica. Pretty sure I am right on this one..

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    7 years ago from New York

    Hi there Singernurse,

    You are not so far behind with your awesome looks dear friend from Philipinnes. Thanks for the comments and sure, women rock!

    LORD

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    7 years ago from New York

    You are perfectly right Simone! These women are Super stars and top ladies. Wouldn't want to show my body with just a swimsuit... I mean a men's suit.

    LORD

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    Tina Siuagan 

    7 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

    I love Tyra Banks. And thank you for sharing information about the other two inspiring and wonderful ladies. Girl power, yeah! hahahaha!

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    Simone Haruko Smith 

    7 years ago from San Francisco

    Being a model is NEVER easy, which makes the world's (few) very successful models all the more impressive! It goes without saying that these women are superhuman. Lovely Hub!

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    7 years ago from New York

    And I agree with you Alecia! But we cannot stop admiring these ladies with their expressions and passionate views of their lives, Thanks again for your dropping by!

    LORD

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    Alecia Murphy 

    7 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

    I agree with Ardie. Any woman who is smart and savvy enough to do her own thing is worth celebrating. Great hub!

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    7 years ago from New York

    Hi there STUGOD,

    Yeah, you did give a good point. Colors don't mean much and...we don't need to tell our wives. Not sure if telling them about other colors or other women. Lol!

    LORD

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    7 years ago from New York

    Hello my purry friend! Yeah! you are right. All reaces have their beauty. You women know better. Thanks for the comment!

    LORD

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    Stuart Goddard 

    7 years ago from Bradford

    Women are women, colour of their skin don't mean jack. I love them all. Don't tell the wife;)

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    Sondra 

    7 years ago from Neverland

    Strong, smart, beautiful women :) I don't care what ethnicity they are - all three are wonderful! Love that Tyra.

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