In the 1960s, Bethann Hardison worked as a garment industry salesgirl. In the 1970s, she was an international runway model and assistant to some of the most important designers of the decade.
In 1984, Bethann founded her own agency and became responsible for scouting, launching and managing some of the most famous models of our time, many of them black – Naomi Campbell, Veronica Webb and Tyson Beckford to name a few.
In the 1987, Bethann became an activist outright, founding the Black Girls Coalition with her close friend Iman (Bethann was her maid of honor when she married David Bowie). As famous for her vitality and her straight-shooting spirit as she is for her beauty and business know-how, Bethann Hardison is a force to be reckoned with.
Shedding light to the lack of diversity on the runways in recent years in her new documentary project, Invisible Beauty, Bethann Hardison additionally served as a contributing editor to the now infamous Vogue Italia, “black” issue.
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