American model Gloria Burgess is proof that European models don't have a monopoly on mystique.
With her statuesque physique, her perfectly sculpted face, her piercing eyes, and her dark complexion, she became a catwalk queen for her commanding presence at fashion shows.
The Washington, D.C.-born and raised Ms. Burgess, who studied political science in Islamabad, became a model when, while working as a dancer in Tokyo, she was discovered by designer Issey Miyake. Soon she was modeling in the fashion shows of Paris. So, she's seen a lot of national capitals. :-)
She became a black modeling icon, which was fine by her. But when I look at her, I don't just see a beautiful black woman. And I see more than just a beautiful woman.
I see Gloria Burgess. :-)