May 07, 2020 - Sale 2534

Sale 2534 - Lot 111

Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
(BEAUTY.) Naturally '63 Portfolio (a program issued by the Grandassa Models). [20] pages. 4to, 11 x 8 1/2 inches, original black-on-yellow illustrated wrappers, separated at fold and detached from text with moderate wear; minor wear and dampstaining to contents. [New York?]: [Black Standard Publishing Company], [1963]

Additional Details

The Grandassa Models were a group launched by the African Jazz-Art Society & Studio; they held a series of influential beauty pageants in 1962 and 1963 to promote a more natural and Afrocentric standard of beauty. The singer Abbey Lincoln was an organizer and appears here as the first model. This program begins with an essay by president Cecil Brathwaite [Elombe Brath], "The Winds of Change--In Coiffure & Fashion," followed by photographs of 10 female models and 4 males, as well as cartoons, a tribute to Marcus Garvey, and photographs of the African Jazz-Art Society & Studio directors. Secretary-treasurer Ronnie [Kwame] Brathwaite was also responsible for the photography. One in OCLC, and none traced at auction.