Daphne Maxwell Reid, aka Vivian Banks on “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” wasn’t always an actress. In the Sixties, she was the first Black woman to land the cover of Glamour magazine!
2 of 10
Two decades into her career, ’70s supermodel Beverly Johnson launched an acting career, appearing in movies like “How To Be A Player,” and TV shows like “Law & Order” and “Lois and Clark.”
3 of 10
Besides being a world-famous model and mogul, Iman has also enjoyed an acting career, co-starring in “No Way Out,” “Out of Africa” and “Exit to Eden,” as well as episodes of “Miami Vice.”
4 of 10
Me and Mrs. Jones
Grace Jones made a name for herself as one of the most avant garde models in the world—and then she conquered movies, too, appearing in “A View to a Kill” and “Boomerang.” Stranje!
5 of 10
Naomi Campbell isn’t just the top supermodel of our era, she’s also been acting since she was 7! Her more recent credits include Spike Lee’s “Girl 6” and Robert Altman’s “Pret a Porter.”
6 of 10
The first Black supermodel to land a major cosmetics contract (with Revlon), Veronica Webb also acted in “Jungle Fever,” “Malcolm X” and “Someone Like You.”
7 of 10
One of the top supermodels of the 1990s, Tyra Banks parlayed her success into an acting career, appearing in TV shows like “Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” and movies like “Higher Learning” and “Coyote Ugly.”
8 of 10
French Femme Fatale
After modeling for top brands like L’Oreal and Victoria’s Secret, French supermodel Noemie Lenoir began acting in films like “Bad Boys 3” and a slew of award-winning French indies.
9 of 10
Before Joy Bryant was one of Hollywood’s hottest starlets, she was a successful model, working for Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and The Gap.
10 of 10
Ethiopian supermodel Liya Kebede started her acting career in 2"009 with a starring role in the film “Desert Flower.” This year, she’s co-starring in a buzzy new thriller, "Into the Woods.
You May Like
Sign Up for our Newsletter
Get The Essence Newsletter and Special Offers delivered to your inbox!