"Is it True What They Say about Models?": Modelling African American Womanhood On the Eve of the Civil Rights Era

  • Laila Haidarali York University
Keywords: Models, Beauty culture, Body image, Modeling agencies, Fashion Photography, Women in advertising, Mass media


This paper explores the work of models, modelling agencies, and popular magazines in forging a new iconography of African American womanhood. These raced and gendered images and ideas engaged heterosexual appeal, feminine deportment, and middle-class consumerist status as a strategy for race advancement on the eve of the civil rights era.

Author Biography

Laila Haidarali, York University
Laila Haidarali, York University, has published in the Journal of Women's History and Unequal Sisters: A Multicultural Reader in U. S. Women's History, 4th edition.
Labouring Feminism Thematic Cluster