Webb sight

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.

Veronica Webb

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].)


  1. Tatyana »

    25 February 2012 · 11:56 pm

    I wonder what part of her composition is African? 10%? 5%? Why she (and others like her -Mariah Carey, f.i) insist on calling herself Black? If they really are such high-achievers, isn’t it rather shameful to keep pushing the race card?

  2. CGHill »

    26 February 2012 · 12:04 am

    Remind me to tell you about the old one-drop rule some day.

  3. Tatyana »

    26 February 2012 · 7:57 am

    A can of worms, huh?
    Still, if their self-identification is kind of pride-in-reverse, if is in the past there was an obviously wrong, racist law -why willfully adhere to it? Seems contrary to the purpose.

  4. CGHill »

    26 February 2012 · 11:15 am

    If they act like they own it, they reason, it has no further power over them. Which actually seems fairly sensible: the man who has no closets for skeleton storage presumably cannot be blackmailed.

  5. Tatyana »

    26 February 2012 · 11:24 am

    All it proves they internally are not happy with themselves and are obsessed with race issue.

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