Fashion Model Tries on New Role

February 21, 2011  |  

(The Root) — Top models see more clothes up close than anybody else. They’re constantly slipping in and out of dresses, visiting showrooms and witnessing the best designers at work. Lois (pronounced “Loy”) Samuels has been modeling for 16 years, working with everyone in the fashion world from Yves Saint Laurent to Calvin Klein to Ralph Lauren, Thierry Mugler and Banana Republic.

Just this past Christmas, she appeared in a series of national advertisements for Macy’s. She was among the first models of her era to sport a shaved head on the runway, paving the way for the many beautiful buzzed coifs that have graced the catwalk recently.  Samuels has written two well-received books: A Glow in the Dark, about her career in modeling, and Jamaica Through My Eyes, a collection of her photography. She started modeling at 21 after she was discovered in Jamaica, where she was born, and lived in London for several years before moving to New York six years ago with her son.

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