”I think one of my greatest accomplishments was trying to change the image of people of color” - Ophelia DeVore
Ophelia DeVore, businesswoman and former model, was born today in 1922 in Edgefield, South Carolina. DeVore worked for much of the 20th century to change stereotypes and empower black women by teaching them poise, confidence and the courage to get ahead in a world deeply etched by racial discrimination. She was the co-founder for the Grace Del Marco Modeling Agency in 1946, opened a charm school in 1948—the Ophelia DeVore School of Self-Development and Modeling—, for black women to present themselves more effectively, and she launched a cosmetics line for darker complexions.
In addition to her modeling agency, DeVore owns The Columbus Times, a Georgia-based newspaper begun by her second husband, the late Vernon Mitchell. She has maintained the thirty-two year old paper’s strong journalistic excellence and emphasis on African American life and history. DeVore currently resides in New York.
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