The Black Jean Harlow | 1921 Portrait of an African American vaudeville entertainer, name unknown, sporting a platinum blonde wig. Circa 1921. African American Vernacular Photography courtesy of Black History Album
In 1950s America Helen Williams became the first black female model to break into the fashion mainstream. With her trademark bouffant wig, sculpted eyebrows and long, giraffe-like neck, she worked exclusively for African American magazines such as Ebony and Jet.