Black Women That Paved The Way
Janet Collins: First and only African American to become Prima Ballerina at the Metropolitan Opera in New York (1951). That was almost 65 years ago and she alone today still holds that accomplishment.
Helen Williams: First African American fashion model to cross over into the mainstream. Photographed by: Peter Basch c. 1950s.
Joyce “The Bronze Bombshell” Bryant: First dark-skinned African-American woman celebrated by the mass media as a ‘sex-symbol’.
Photographed by: Philippe Halsman c. 1954, NYC.
Pearl Bailey & husband jazz drummer Louis Bellson: Tony Award-winning singer and actress known for her roles in works like Carmen Jones, House of Flowers, Hello, Dolly! and Porgy and Bess.
Euzhan Palcy: First black woman to direct a Hollywood feature film.