Circle of Women

Pat Cleveland

Black models in the early 70s were hard to find in the pages of Vogue. The fashionable faces of the time were big-eyed faerie-like girls. Pat Cleveland arrived in Paris, famous for its love of diverse women, and made a name for herself. Then she came back to New York, walking, entranced, an Egyptian Goddess for Halston’s catwalk, in long silk column dresses. Her happy and go lucky attitude was a breath of fresh air! Self-portrait was edited for acne scars.

I was very inspired by this image, taken from an American Vogue from the early 70s. The lighting is completely different. I did curl my hair very tightly to recreate a disco haze, thanks to the light coming from the back. To recreate a more modern version of her makeup, I used Make Up For Ever Flash Color Stick in Orange for the top lip, a beautiful, pigmented true orange. To set it, I used the orange and yellow shadows from the Certifeye Tropical wonders palette. Under the eyes, I used a long lasting blue cream shadow by Sephora that’s discontinued, but any deep blue will work.