7 Black Models Turned Actresses

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Modeling Work:  Iman has worked with every high fashion designer and magazine in her illustrious career;  Including Yves Saint-Laurent, Calvin Klein, Issey Miyake and Donna Karan
Acting Sheet: Out of Africa (1985), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)


Vanessa Williams

Modeling Work: Miss America 1984
Acting SheetEraser (1996), Soul Food (1997), Ugly Betty (2006-10), Desperate Housewives (2010-12)


Selita Ebanks

Modeling Work: Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Victoria’s Secret Angel, Vogue, and opened for the Spring 2008 Christian Siriano show in New York
Acting Sheet: “Runaway” (2010), Hawaii Five-0 (2011), The Game (2012)


Tyra Banks

Modeling Work: Tyra has walked for  Isaac Mizrahi, Todd Oldham, Christian Dior, Karl Lagerfeld, Calvin Klein, Badgley Mischka, Michael Kors, and was the first black model to appear on the covers of GQ and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
Acting Sheet: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1993), Higher Learning (1995), Life Size (2000), Coyote Ugly (2000)


Jessica White

Modeling Work: Jessica has been the face for major campaigns for Maybelline and Jean Paul Gaultier and walked for top designers, including Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, Marc Jacobs and Tommy Hilfiger
Acting Sheet: Big Momma’s House 2 (2006)


Halle Berry

Modeling Work: 1986, Miss USA runner-up
Acting Sheet: Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999), X-Men (2000), Monster’s Ball (2001), Die Another Day (2002), Cloud Atlas (2012)


YaYa DaCosta

Modeling Work: Runner-up in Cycle 3 of America’s Next Top Model.
Acting SheetTake the Lead (2006), Tron (2010), The Butler (2013)