Remembering B. Smith, A Cultural Icon

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Often unfairly called the black Martha Stewart, B. Smith was a legend in her own right.   Smith embodied  glamour affluence, poise, grace and Afrocentrism.  B. Smith rocked natural hair before it was popular in the main stream.  She was always different but yet the same.  She spoke to many black people who thought that’s exactly me.   We drink wine.  We are cultured.  Conversely she showed others a broader or image of the African-American.

In the mid–1960s, Smith began her career in modeling; participating in the Ebony Fashion Fair[ and later signing with Wilhelmina Models agency. Smith was the first African-American model to be featured on the cover of Mademoiselle magazine in 1976.[11]

Smith made two appearances on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, once as a model for Queen Sara’s wedding dress and once giving a tour of her restaurant, B. Smith, and making raspberry custard with Fred…

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