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Sunday, February 17, 2013

BLACK HISTORY, BLACK MODEL

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It was July 27th 1961 and Madamoiselle magazine's annual 
college issue had just hit the stands. There were make up and fashion tips. 
There were ads and photo spreads. There   were white models and black models
....wait, pump the brakes. 
There were white models and Willette Murphy. 
A 22 year old UCLA economics major snuck up on consumers and elegantly
 did her thing. It was a FIRST. Because Willette bravely 
walked her walk 52 years ago, my friend Tina and I were able to recreate
the shoot on a busy, sunny morning and not have any onlookers bat an eye. 
Thanks Ms. Murphy, we salute you.

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