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They Invented the Supermodel These ten Black women should all be household names
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Pat Cleveland - The Cut Magazine - 8/31/21 - Photo by Rahim Fortune
Pat Cleveland - The Cut Magazine - 8/31/21 - Photo by Rahim Fortune
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"I wanted to share this new article with Ms. Pat Cleveland and other Super-Models.. Pat is looking incredible in these photos by Rahim Fortune..... Stay tuned I have some incredible music coming your way from Pat"........ Maurice Lynch 

The only way to start this story — 
any story, really, about the American Supermodel — is with the Battle of Versailles. The one in 1973. On one side were the French, of course: designers Hubert de Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Cardin, Emanuel Ungaro, and Marc Bohan for Christian Dior. The other, American: Stephen Burrows, Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, Halston, Anne Klein. Each country’s fashion royalty at the time. In theory, it was all for charity, to raise funds to restore the crumbling Versailles Palace. In reality, it was all ego.

Rehearsals and personality clashes took place in vast, unheated palace rooms. The French constructed a pumpkin carriage and a sequined Bugatti set and booked Josephine Baker and Rudolf Nureyev to perform. The Americans had Liza Minnelli, who gave the models a pep talk after Kay Thompson, the choreographer, stormed off. (The American stage designer measured everything in inches rather than centimeters and ended up without enough décor to fill the stage.)

But that’s not why we’re here. We’re here because of ten American models — specifically, the ten Black models, out of 36 Americans total — including Bethann Hardison, Alva Chinn, and Pat Cleveland, who, spinning in layers of chiffon for Halston, owned the night. Those ten women delivered attitude, something no one had been delivering in traditionally stuffy and snoozy fashion presentations. The audience — the European beau monde — stomped their feet, threw their programs in the air, and leapt out of their seats to cheer. American models weren’t just taken seriously after that night; they were suddenly sought after.

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