All this month, Essence.com will present TWENTY, THE REMIX—three digital exhibits I curated celebrating excellence in the worlds of acting, art, and fashion. Continuing with a theme I love, exalting Black greatness while telling our stories, these galleries showcase those who pave the way for the next generations.
Did you know that I got my start in entertainment as a model? And so did Boris Kodjoe, Jason Olive, and Richard Roundtree? In TWENTY BLACK MALE MODELS YOU SHOULD KNOW, I give you a brief history of the Black male model’s impact and importance, much as I did in my book, Supreme Models, which celebrates iconic Black women. I believe models have the power to change the way the world sees people of color while defying European standards of beauty. They are not just pretty faces and, in the case of these beautiful men, a set of rock-hard abs!
L’Officiel Hommes Germany by Nacho Alegre
GQ Australia by Nathaniel Goldberg
Essence March 2005
Now here’s a face that we’ll never forget. This year, Broderick Hunter made ESSENCE’s list of Black male models to know
. With a smile like that, we’re sure he’s on every lady’s wish list!
GQ October 1982 by Rico Puhlmann
August Man October 2014 by Chiun-Kai Shih
Archetype November 2015 by Ben Lamberty
Hercules Magazine Fall: Winter 2021 by Casper Kofi
Men’s Health UK July 2019 by Jon Gorrigan
At Large Magazine Spring:Summer 2018 by Randall Mesdon
Jason Olive and Tyra Banks
GQ February 1996 by Fabrizio Ferri
Lono Brazil by Marcus Tondo / Indigitalimages.com
SID Pre-Fall 2015 by Yu Cong
Marcellas Reynolds and Veronica Webb
Splash Magazine December 2019 by Maria Ponce
The fact that Micheal Ward was awarded the BAFTA Rising Star Award at the 2020 ceremony isn’t surprising, as the Jamaican-English actor has been putting in heavy duty work the past few years. His roles on The Old Guard and The A List pale in comparison to his star-turn as the methodically cool “Jamie” on Netflix’s Top Boy. Season 3 of the Drake-backed crime-drama series was given almost universal acclaim by critics with Ward’s performance equally lauded. He continues to fulfill that BAFTA-backed promise with stirring roles in Steve McQueen’s film pentalogy Small Axe: Lovers Rock and Lena Waithe’s Beauty.
GQ.com by Daniel Jackson
GQ April 1983 by Eric Boman
GQ November 1979 by Bob Krieger
EBONY Fashion Fair 1967
Esquire September 2019 by Christian Anwander