Chic and In Charge: 10 African-American Fashion Executives

June 22, 2011  |  

Bethann Hardison

Since getting her modeling career underway in the 60’s Bethann Hardison has worn a number of hats in the fashion industry.  When it was time to leave the runway she worked in design houses, produced fashion shows and eventually launched her own modeling agency.   Her greatest feat as an agent was landing an exclusive deal with Polo for Tyson Beckford, a first for an African-American model.  In 1996 she left the agency behind but continues to manage Beckford and Kadeem Hardison of “A Different World” acclaim, who also happens to be her son.  Her latest gig is as editor-at-large for Vogue Italia.


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