Sunday, August 20, 2017

Actress Meagan Holder

Another post about another rising star in Hollywood. :-)

Though Meagan Holder has been in a few movies, including an installment in the cheerleader movie franchise Bring It On and the Four Seasons biopic Jersey Boys (in which she played a jazz singer), Meagan Holder is best known as a television actress.

Her best known TV role is as Darby Conrad in "Make It or Break It," a comedy-drama series on ABC family about aspiring gymnasts.

Meagan Holder seems to have a knack for making people laugh and cry on the small screen.  She appeared in another comedy-drama, "Born Again Virgin," about dating and relationships, on the TV One channel, as a regular cast member (playing Kelly Bowers).  That series lasted two seasons. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Musical actress Lana Gordon

Lana Gordon is a singer, and actress, a dancer, and all that jazz.

And while she's played many roles on the stage, she's best known for playing Velma Kelly in the Broadway revival of Chicago.

An alumna of New York City's Alvin Ailey School, Ms. Gordon was in several ensemble companies before her career took off.  Her first notable role was as Dionne in a European tour of Hair

Ms. Gordon debuted on Broadway in 1997 as an ensemble original cast member in The Lion King, in which she also played the role of Shenzi.  She also spent a decade performing abroad in productions of such musicals as Sister Act, West Side Story (as Anita, a role made famous by the great Rita Moreno), and Carmen Cubana, a retelling of the old Prosper Mérimée story in a Caribbean setting - our heroine played the title role.  She's also in demand as a solo vocalist in Europe.

And oh yes, this shouldn't surprise you, but Lana Gordon has also worked as a model in the U.S., both in print and television advertising.  And like the most beautiful of top models . . .

. . . she looks even more gorgeous without makeup. :-D

And all that jazz. :-)

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Actress Claire Foy

Another Brit named Claire. :-)

Claire Foy is a British actress who has done a few movies and a lot of British television.  Americans may remember her roles in Jon Stewart's political drama Rosewater and in the Maggie Smith movie The Lady In the Van.

She's made more of a mark TV, playing Lady Persephone "Persie" Towyn in an early-2010s reboot of "Upstairs Downstairs" and she's also played some royal roles as well. She played Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII's second wife,  in the miniseries "Wolf Hall," a drama about the Tudor king and the rise of  Thomas Cromwell in Henry's court, and she currently plays the U.K.'s current monarch, Elizabeth II, in the series "The Crown," a fictionalized account of Her Majesty's life.  There's a lot of material in that, to be sure.   

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Actress/singer Doris Day

The one and only. :-)

In the fifties and early sixties, a time when the movies were dominated by sex goddesses  - Marilyn Monroe, Diana Dors, Brigitte Bardot - the similarly alliteratively named Doris Day stood out for playing the good-girl-next-door type, most notably in her movies with Rock Hudson - Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back, and Send Me No Flowers.

Even James Garner lost his heart to Doris Day.  They appeared together in The Thrill of It All, a comedy about a housewife who becomes an unlikely celebrity when she endorses a laundry soap in a TV commercial, and they also co-starred in Move Over, Darling, in which Garner played the husband of Doris's character, who's mistakenly believed to be dead after a plane crash they were both in . . . until it turns out she survived the plane crash and returns to her remarried husband. Both movies are from 1963.  (Move Over, Darling was a reworking of the unfinished Marilyn Monroe film Something's Got To Give.)     

Doris Day, of course, started out as a singer in the 1940s, recording such songs as "Sentimental Journey" and "The Whole World is Singing My Song." She was in fact as big a star on the Billboard charts then as, say, Taylor Swift (an earlier honoree on this blog) is in the twenty-first century.  Her singing talents led to the a movie career when her performance of "Embraceable You" got her a role in the 1948 movie Romance on the High Seas. She also appeared in musicals like 1955's Young At Heart with Frank Sinatra, and her signature song, "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)", was the song she sang in the 1956 James Stewart/Alfred Hitchcock thriller The Man Who Knew Too Much.  Musical ability was something she passed on to her son, Terry Melcher; he produced the Byrds' first two albums and also worked with the Beach Boys.  Melcher died of cancer in 2004. 

She became a TV star in the sixties and seventies with "The Doris Day Show," which ran for five seasons, and she returned to the album charts in Britain and America at the age of 89 in 2011 with My Heart, an album of contemporary tunes from folks like John Sebastian, Billy Preston, and the Beach Boys' Bruce Johnston.  There's even a duet with her son,  Most of this material was recorded years before.  The proceeds from My Heart went to her animal-welfare charity, the Doris Day Animal League.         

At 95 in 2017 (this picture was taken for her ninety-fifth birthday, Doris Day shows no signs of slowing down. :-) 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Actress Jenna Coleman

British actress Jenna Coleman is best known in the United States for the title role in "Victoria," an ongoing series about the life of Great Britain's legendary nineteenth-century queen.  At this writing the first season has just concluded, covering the first four years of Queen Victoria's long reign.

She's also known, though, for her role in the long-running sci-fi time-travel series "Doctor Who" (which has been on the air since 1963) as Clara Oswald, the traveling companion of the Eleventh Doctor.  She also played Jasmine Thomas in the British soap opera "Emmerdale," which debuted in 1972.  Jasmine was an investigative reporter who killed a police officer who tried to rape her, though she eventually broke down and confessed to the crime, leading to her being sent to prison.

So, playing a long-reigning queen comes naturally to Jenna Coleman, thanks to her experience in television programs that have run longer than she's been alive.  And I look forward to continuing to see her in a long run of "Victoria." :-) 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Model Barbara Brejwa

Barbara Brejwa is another model from the 1980s.

Like most models, she was based in New York.  She was represented by the Wilhelmina agency.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

British model Claire Atkinson

The British Invasion of the 1960s wasn't just about popular music.  It was also an infusion of British movies, art, and yes, fashion into American culture.  British models were as celebrated as British rock stars and actors.  By contrast, however, a good deal of what came to America from Margaret Thatcher's Britain in the eighties, shall we say, left something to be desired, but the U.K.'s contributions to the modeling profession were still impeccable.  Claire Atkinson, one of the most active models of the 1980s, is proof of that.

Her smile and pose in the picture above are indicative of her beauty and of her charm.  And the 1991 photo below, showing her in a Sophie Hallette number, demonstrates how she can turn many a head with her poise.

Among the other fashion houses she's modeled for is Ungaro, as seen below.

And if beauty is fatal, she could be lethal in a strapless number with matching opera gloves! :-O


Claire Atkinson's career took her to New York, London Paris . . . Munich?  I don't know about Munich, but she certainly worked in the other three cities, having been represented by Elite Model Management and Pauline's in New York, Models1 Elite in London, and by the Zen agency and by Pauline's' French offices in the City of Light. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Latest Numbers (And Other Things)

I have posted pictures of 1,080 different women on this blog, and I am on course to reach 1,100 by the end of this blog's eleventh year in late September 2017.  I won't bother to recap the ten most popular posts on this blog, as nothing has changed; the same posts occupy the same positions.  I believe my top-ten list has assumed permanent shape.

Also, I'd like to address, before anyone else does, an issue with my just-concluded fourth series of beautiful athletes, which was the fact that nine out of my ten subjects were white - the exception being Jackie Joyner-Kersee.  I wasn't trying to exclude women of color; I wasn't trying to exclude anyone.  I simply picked the first names that came to mind or the first female athletes I found online.  Bear in mind that female athletes, for the most part, aren't as famous as their male counterparts for obvious - and obviously misogynistic - reasons, so their names don't come to mind as quickly or as easily as Michael Jordan, Michael Phelps, or Michael Strahan.  (See what I mean?  See how quickly I came up with three male athletes named Michael - only one of them a white guy?)   But I believe I've kept my blog very diverse in the nearly eleven years I've been doing this, so I don't apologize to anyone for lack of diversity.  In putting together my fourth "Beauty of Sport" series, though, I did drop the ball - pun intended - and I'll make an effort to do better next time.

Meanwhile, I have to acknowledge the death of Jeanne Moreau, who died yesterday (July 31) at 89.  I featured her here - four years to the day before her death, by a bizarre coincidence - and even though my July 31, 2013 post of Mlle. Moreau will remain, I will not of course post any more pictures of her going forward per my own my rule of not featuring women here after their deaths.

Back tomorrow with another A-Z series of new subjects - twenty women in total. :-)        

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Beauty of Sport, Part Four: Brianne Theisen-Eaton

When Jackie Joyner-Kersee was making history at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Canada's Brianne Theisen-Eaton hadn't been born just yet.  (She was born in December 1988.)

Brianne Theisen-Eaton would grow up to become a track and field star herself, the Jackie Joyner-Kersee of the Great White North.  As a Canadian, she'd competed in the Commonwealth and Pan American Games, having won the heptathlon at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and won bronze in the 4x400-meter relay in the 2015 Pan Ams in Toronto, before going on to take bronze in the heptathlon at the 2016 Rio Olympics.  She also won the pentathlon in the 2016 World Indoor Track and Field Championships in Portland, Oregon.

It was while at the University of Oregon where Brianne met a fellow student athlete, American (and native Oregonian) Ashton Eaton.  She married Eaton, a two-time Olympic decathlon champion (2012, 2016), in 2013.

And here's the happy couple.

Don't they look cute?  They reside in Eugene, Oregon, both having retired from track and field.

Eaton caused a stir among American reactionaries - not for being a biracial man married to a white woman, but for cheering his wife on at the 2016 Olympics . . . and thus rooting for a foreigner.  So what if there were no American women in serious contention for the heptathlon that year?  Well, Brianne Theisen-Eaton is a de facto American now, so maybe Ashton will be forgiven for . . . rooting for his own wife!  (Sarcasm.) 
That's it for this edition of beautiful athletes. I'll have a fifth edition later on.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Beauty of Sport, Part Four: Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Oh, come on now, do I have to explain who this is?

Jackie Joyner's mother named her daughter, born in 1962, after First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy because she hoped she would become the First Lady of something.  And while Jackie didn't become the first black First Lady of the United States (she left that honor for Michelle Obama to achieve), she did become the First Lady of Track and Field, an honor that long outlasts being the President's wife.

And why shouldn't it?  Jackie Joyner-Kersee racked up some unforgettable feats as a track star, having won the heptathlon (a series of seven track and field events) at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul and the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona - after winning silver in the event at the Los Angeles Games in 1984.  An injury at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta caused her to withdraw from the heptathlon, but she managed a bronze medal in the long jump that year, ending a stellar career that people still talk about today.  But then, she does still hold the world record in the heptathlon. 

Her other accomplishments include gold medals in the heptathlon at the 1987 and 1993 World Championships and a gold medal in the long jump at the 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis,. the last Pan Ams held in the U.S.

Her withdrawal from the heptathlon at the Atlanta Olympics was still tough for her to do, but her injury caused her coach, Bob Kersee, great concern.  After all she is his wife.  When he told her she had to quit, he said, "This isn't your coach speaking, Jackie.  This is your husband."     

She's part of an athletic family as esteemed as it is extended.  Her brother is track athlete Al Joyner, the widower of Florence Griffith Joyner, the big star of the Seoul Olympics. 

Jackie Joyner-Kersee's namesake foundation helps provide underprivileged people with athletic lessons and resources, with special emphasis on her hometown of East St. Louis, Illinois.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Beauty of Sport, Part Four: Abby Johnston

Whoever said of Olympic medals, "You don't win silver, you lose gold" obviously never won silver.  And a silver medal is something for diver Abby Johnston to be proud of. 

Ms. Johnston, born and raised in Ohio, competed at the 2012 London Olympics and won the silver medal in the women's synchronized three-meter springboard event with her partner Kelci Bryant.

She didn't bother to go for the gold in Rio de Janeiro 2016, preferring instead to pursue medical school at Duke University.  In 2018, she will be Abigail Johnston,. M.D. :-)   

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Beauty of Sport, Part Four: Kim Hill

Kim Hill is a rising star in American women's volleyball.

She joined the U.S. women's volleyball team and helped them win the gold medal at the 2014 World Championships in Italy, being named Most Valuable Player. 

Her specialty is as an outside hitter, which earned her the World Grand Prix Best Outside Hitter individual award in 2016.

An Olympian, Ms. Hill as part of the bronze-medal-winning U.S. women's volleyball teram at the Rio Olympics in 2016.  

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Beauty of Sport, Part Four: Missy Franklin

Missy Franklin was one of the breakout stars of American swimming at the 2012 Olympics in London.

She won the gold medals in the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke races, ans she was also part of the winning 4×200-meter freestyle and the 4×100-meter medley relay teams. She wasn't as successful in 2016 at the Rio de Janeiro Games, but she did win a gold medal in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay.

In between, she won six gold medals at the 2013 World Championships in various backstroke and freestyle races.  

Ms. Franklin may be too old - at 25! - to compete at the 2020 Games, but she's already left a legacy that will ensure her place among the great swimmers of the United States.

Fin fact: Missy Franklin was born to Canadian parents in Pasadena, California, and she has dual Canadian/American citizenship.

Friday, July 14, 2017

The Beauty of Sport, Part Four: Donna de Varona

Donna de Varona was already a swimming legend before she distinguished herself in the 1964 Olympics, in which she competed.

This photo of her is from the October 9, 1964 cover of Life magazine.  The 1964 Olympics in Tokyo began on October 10.

Though Ms. de Varona made the 1960 U.S. Olympic team, the swimming event in which she held the world record, 400-meter individual medley, was not a women's event at the 1960 Rome Games.  However, it debuted as an Olympic event in Tokyo. She won it handily, and she also was on the wining women's 4×100-meter freestyle relay team. In addition to these gold-medal victories, she'd won gold in the same events at the 1963 Pan American Games in Sao Paulo.

Ms. de Varona went on to be a respected sportscaster at ABC.  She regularly covered the swimming events at the Olympics for as long as ABC News and Sports, the house Roone Arledge built, had the broadcasting rights to the Games.  She's also served five terms on the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and has also been a very vocal activist for Title IX, the clause in the education law that gives girls equal access to scholastic sports.

Fun fact:  Television actress and director Joanna Kerns is Donna de Varona's younger sister.  How do you explain the fact that they don't have the same last name?  Simple: Joanna married someone named Kerns and Donna did not. :-D   

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Beauty of Sport, Part Four: Elena Della Donne

Don't let her romantic name fool you.  Elena Della Donne is one tough cookie on the basketball court. 

Originally from Wilmington, Delaware, Ms. Della Donne played for the University of Delaware's women's basketball  and proved to be an ace in scoring.  She distinguished herself  as a top scorer in the Women's National Basketball Association, first on the Chicago Sky team, and now, as of May 2017, with the Washington Mystics.  The photo below shows Ms. Della Donne in action from her Windy City days.

Ms. Della Donne was a member of the gold-medal-winning 2016 U.S. Olympic women's basketball team.   

Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Beauty of Sport, Part Four: Emma Coburn

It was a Kenyan Olympic runner, whose name I can't remember, who said, "I do not enjoy running steeplechase, but they do give medals for it, don't they?"

Which would explain why a nice young woman like Emma Coburn would jump over water and fences.  Because she can get medals for it.

And she has gotten medals.  A middle-distance track runner from Colorado, Emma Coburn has made the 3000-meter steeplechase her specialty, having won the event at the 2014 Continental Cup in Marrakesh, Morocco.

When she won the bronze medal in the same event at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, she set an American record of 9:07.63.

Emma Coburn is also a five-time U.S. national champion in the steeplechase.  She might still pull off a surprise at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. :-)

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Beauty of Sport, Part Four: Cate Campbell

Cate Campbell has continued the tradition of excellence in Australian swimming.

She showed her mettle in helping Australia win gold in the women's 4 × 100-meter freestyle relay race at the 2012 Olympics in London and at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Ms. Campbell cleaned up at the 2014 Pan Pacific championships in Gold Coast, the second largest city in her home state of Queensland. With the home-pool advantage, she won gold in the 50-meter "splash and dash" freestyle, the 100-meter freestyle, the 4×100-meter freestyle relay, and the 4 × 100-meter medley relay.

Fun fact.  Although a citizen of Australia, Ms. Campbell was born in the African nation of Malawi and lived there until she was nine years old.  

Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Beauty of Sport, Part Four: Kristin Armstrong

Her surname is Armstrong, and she's a cyclist, but she's not related to the disgraced Lance Armstrong (and she's not to be confused with his ex-wife, also named Kristin).

Kristin Armstrong is, in fact, one of the greatest time-trial racers in women's cycling, and she has the wins to prove it.

She won the Olympic gold medal in the women's time-trial thrice in a row - in 2008 at Beijing, in 2012 in London , and in 2016 Rio de Janeiro.

Ms. Armstrong also won two UCI Road World Championship gold medals, at Salzburg, Austria in 2006 and at Mendrisio, Switzerland in 2009.  

Saturday, July 1, 2017

New Series: The Beauty of Sport, Part Four

It's been three years and change since I last featured an all-new series of female athletes on this blog,  and that obviously doesn't count my look back in August 2016 at Olympic athletes I had featured once or more before, so I figured now was as good a time as any to have another one.

I've chosen ten athletes for various sports, such as swimming, track basketball and cycling, among others.  All of them are Olympians, of course, so I'll be featuring, as always, the best of the best.

Okay, then - let's play ball!  On your marks! :-D          

Friday, June 30, 2017

Commentary: June 2017

Before I continue, I just want to reiterate something I believe I've said before about the content of this blog.  That is, some posts are subject to be changed.  I don't mean typos, necessarily.  I mean that I might want to change text in a post or two if I feel the situation calls for it (like incomplete information about one of the women I feature that causes me to amend the original text), or I might want to remove a picture or a whole post altogether.

Case in point: This past January I devoted a whole week to model Clotilde.  I was looking at my third Clotilde post from that week and found myself having second thoughts about one of the two pictures in it, mainly because, since it was an editorial picture from a fashion magazine, an accessory photo had been superimposed on a corner of it, which fashion editors like to do for artistic effect.   I looked at it again, and I decided it looked awkward, so I deleted it.

I keep trying to improve this blog just as I keep trying to improve my Miscellaneous Musings blog, and sometimes that means the amending or deleting of already-published posts.  I reserve the right to amend or delete posts as I see fit.  I hope you will understand and respect that.

Back soon. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Beauty of Retrospect: Gail Elliott and Toko

It's been a long time since I've featured either British model Gail Elliott or Japanese model Toko, Ms. Elliott having only appeared once, in January 2013, and Toko having appeared last in October 2012. So - why not feature both of them at once?

This may the loveliest picture showing a pair of models from opposite sides of the world that I've ever found. :-D 

This picture is a lovely combination of red and black.  Whose clothes are they advertising? Right, ask me if I care!

Back soon with another "Beauty of Sport" series. :-)   

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Beauty of Retrospect: Pam Suthern, 1972

This is probably one of the most provocative pictures that model Pam Suthern, whom I last featured in August 2015, has ever been in.

And of course, it's from an ad for perfume. ;-)

Specifically, Charles of the Ritz perfume.  The ad it came from first ran in the early seventies - 1972 or so.

Charles of the Ritz is gone, but fortunately we have this lovely photo of Pam Suthern as its spokesmodel.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Beauty of Retrospect, Special Post: Catherine Roberts in 'Pearl'

You didn't think I was going to leave it at one post for Catherine Roberts, did you? :-D

My post from yesterday (June 23) was so long, I had to create another post to focus specifically on Ms. Roberts' latest project, which is undoubtedly her most significant endeavor ever . . . a lead role in a movie.  In the independent movie Pearl, she plays Genevieve Berresford, an Auntie Mame-type figure to her granddaughter, the title character.  Genevieve shows Pearl how to look at fashion and beauty through her own eyes.  (Pearl is played by four different actresses in different stages of her life.) 

The above photo of Ms. Roberts is a still from the film.

Written and directed by Brandon Jameson, Pearl debuts at the 2017 International Fashion Film Festival in La Jolla (pronounced "la-HOY-ya"), California, which runs from July 20 to July 22.  The festival promoters give out awards for best acting, directing and the like at the end of the festival, and, yes, our heroine has been nominated for Best Actress. :-) 

So, yes, this is a big deal, for Ms. Roberts and for everyone else involved.  And now you can understand why this big news demanded a separate post.       

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Beauty of Retrospect: Catherine Roberts

Here's a model I can identify without question, the extraordinarily lovely Catherine Roberts. As always, a lot of people recognize her on sight, given all the print ads she's been in over a long career.  But, also as always, not too many of them can identify her by name.  Which is why I'm here once again to correct that situation, with some more photos from her glamour advertising.

The above photo is from an ad for Ciani jewelry, specifically earrings.  As if I'd notice. ;-)  But her face clearly suggests that it could be from a cosmetics ad.  The photo immediately below and the TV-commercial still below that are from cosmetics ads, print and TV, and both for the same cosmetics brand - Helena Rubenstein.

The above photo, taken by Richard Avedon, shows our heroine with an elegant, dignified look, while in the picture below, she displays a little mischievousness. ;-)

Was the commercial this picture was taken from for Helena Rubenstein lipstick?  Blush?  Nail polish?

All of the above, actually. :-)

And there aren't too many models like Catherine Roberts who could sell all three at once. :-)

And she still has that same allure today, as evidenced by the photo below from May 2017.  The photo is my own. :-)

You can see her now (2017) in a commercial for Toyota's new C-HR crossover car, seen below.  She's at the very beginning. :)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Beauty of Anonymity: Buf-Puf Model

The caption in the ad below, for Buf-Puf facial sponges, reads, "Inside every skin there's a beautiful skin waiting to get out!"  And in every beauty ad there's a beautiful model waiting to be identified!

Too bad I can't identify this model.

This ad is from the mid-1980s, and when I saw this woman, I thought that it just had to be Maria Johnson, whom I've featured here before.  However, I have since been told by friends of mine who know a thing or two about the fashion/beauty profession that this is definitely not Maria Johnson.  None of them know who this is; they only know who it isn't.

So, if any of you out there can identify this brunette model, please leave a comment on this post.

Here's the same picture of the model above in isolation, without the cumbersome ad copy.  Hopefully this will strike a chord of familiarity in someone. :-)    

It sure does look like Maria Johnson.

The rest of this month will be devoted to looks back at previously featured women, then for July . . . another new series of beautiful athletes.  

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Model Kim Williams

Kim Williams is a model from the 1980s and 1990s who was quite ubiquitous.

She appeared in numerous fashion-magazine editorials, and according to the Fashion Model Directory Web site, she appeared in editorials in every U.S. edition of Vogue that came out in 1985.

In addition to appearances in international editions of Glamour and Elle, Ms. Williams has appeared in ads for Christian Dior, Jil Sander, and Karl Lagerfeld, and she's also modeled for Gianfranco Ferré (as seen in the photo above) and Yves Saint Laurent (below).

Nice glove. :-) 

Kim Williams was clearly one of the hardest-working women in modeling in the 1980s, even if she wasn't a household name.    

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Model Susan Smith

Susan Smith is another model from the 1980s, distinguished by her short, vibrantly auburn hair.

And the spectacularly stunning dress in the above photo certainly complements her look.

Susan Smith was mostly a jewelry model, being a spokesmodel for the Louis Bartholomew brand. In the photo below, taken from a Louis Bartholomew ad, she looks positively divine.

Biographical data on her is scant.  She is not to be confused with the Playboy model of the same name. 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Model/actress Von Gretchen Shepard

Despite the civil rights movement of the 1960s, beauty pageants remained racially segregated in the United States, even after virtually every other facet of life had been integrated.  So the Miss Black America pageant was created in 1968 in response to the lily-white "mainstream" version held every September in Atlantic City (and the first one was even held in the same city as the Miss America contest).  And Von Gretchen Shepard, the seventh Black Miss America, is one of the best-known winners.    

Von Gretchen Shepard, Miss Black America 1975, defied the myth that beauty queens only go on to become former beauty queens.  She quickly became a top model and soon thereafter became an actress, appearing in musicals. and in shows as different as "Baywatch" and "A Different World." 

As for the Miss Black America pageant, that's still going on, despite Vanessa Williams having broken the color barrier at the so-called mainstream Miss America contest by becoming the first black Miss America.  Neither the diversity of the Miss America contest nor the smaller profile of the Miss Black America contest, though, has hurt Von Gretchen Shepard's status as an impeccable role model.

Oh yeah, she also went to Harvard.   

Friday, June 16, 2017

Business TV reporter Courtney Reagan

If you want to know how the retail business is doing, watch for Courtney Reagan on CNBC.

Courtney Reagan reports on retail for the consumer/business cable channel.  She's been a general assignment reporter for CNBC since 2011, after having been on the NBC news-desk staff. She also contributes to other programs on the National Broadcasting Company's broadcast-network news programs, as well as to PBSs "Nightly Business Report." 

Courtney Reagan is all business . . . and all broadcasting.  She has  bachelor's degrees in finance and mass communication from Miami University in Ohio.  Her work experience in the former field comes from haivng worked at Merrill Lynch, and her mass-communication CV includes a stint at ESPN.