Habari Gani is Swahili for: “What’s the news?”
The NEWS for you is: EMPOWERMENT.
Here’s your EMPOWERMENT LESSON for the week of January 20:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Ophelia DeVore
In ADDITION to being the FIRST African American model in the U.S., Ophelia DeVore ALSO:
- Began modeling at age 16
- Was born to a German father and an African American mother
- Helped establish Grace Del Marco Agency, one of the FIRST modeling agencies in America
- Serves as CEO and Publisher of The Columbus (Ga.) Times Newspaper
- Majored in Math, minored in languages while a student at NYU
Extra tidbits: Ophelia DeVore’s pioneering efforts helped launch the career of several prominent African American icons, including Richard Roundtree, Cicely Tyson, and Diahann Carroll. In addition to running one of the few modeling agencies to successfully place African American models – a major feat during a time Black women weren’t considered “pretty” enough to be models – DeVore also opened a charm school – The Ophelia DeVore School of Charm – to help Black women learn etiquette, self-presentation, and confidence. At the age of 92, DeVore is still an active advocate for the beauty of Black women.