Veronica Webb, born this week in 1965, has blazed a trail or two: she was the first African-American model to land a major cosmetic-company deal (Revlon, 1992), and Spike Lee signed her to play the wife of his character in Jungle Fever. More recently, she was the cohost during the first season of Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style on Bravo TV.
This 2009 shot comes from yet another experience: designing a trash can. With the assistance of designer Mary-Kate Davis, she came up with a spectacular variation on the standard Vipp receptacle for Vipp’s 70th Anniversary Charity Auction for DIFFA. (Pertinent slideshow here.)
And I smile at this quote, from a New York Times interview in 1994:
“I’m in a profession where I get to make my own schedule, where I can’t be replaced by a man, where I have enough affluence that I don’t have to put up with anything and where women make more than men.”
Just in case you thought models were basically just mannequins with an expense account.
(Title swiped from Webb herself, or more precisely from her book Veronica Webb Sight: Adventures In The Big City [Miramax Books, 1998].)