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Fashion revolutionary Bethann Hardison looks back on her journey as a pioneering Black model, modeling agent and activist, shining a light on an untold chapter in the fight for racial diversity. From walking runway shows alongside Iman to discovering supermodels like Tyson Beckford and mentoring icons like Naomi Campbell, Hardison has been at the epicenter of major representational shifts in fashion. Catalyzing change requires continuous championing, and as the next generation takes the reins, Hardison reflects on her personal journey and the cost of being a pioneer.
In tandem with Frédéric Tcheng (HALSTON, DIOR AND I), Bethann Hardison and her co-director trace her impact on fashion from runway shows in New York and Paris in the 1970s to roundtables about lack of racial diversity in the early 2000s. Interviews with industry players speak to the state of fashion, while friends and family attest to Hardison’s rebellious and ambitious spirit. The film is an absorbing record of Hardison’s accomplishments and a rare contemplation on the life of a radical thinker.
“With every scene one feels as if Hardison is finally given the opportunity to take in the magnitude of her life, making the film both a celebration and elegy-of-sorts.” —Jose Solís, Film Stage “General audiences and insiders alike will appreciate the details and candor of INVISIBLE BEAUTY… An illuminating and sturdy paean to an influential industry leader.” —Lovia Gyarkye, Hollywood Reporter