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Mounia Orosemane
Birthplace Saint-Esprit, Martinique
Eye Color Brown - Dark
Hair Color Black
Nationality French
Occupation Model
Claim to Fame First black model to walk in a Haute Couture show (for Yves Saint Laurent)
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Born in Martinique, Monique-Antoine “Mounia” Orosemane was Yves Saint Laurent’s premier muse in the 1970s and ’80s and regularly associated with his haute couture brand as a runway model. She became famous for anchoring his 1978 Porgy and Bess “Broadway Suit” show. “I walked to ‘Summertime’ and really took on the character of Bess. Catherine Deneuve stood up and started clapping. Then everyone stood up and called out ‘Bravo!’” she said to W in 2008. In 1983, Mounia had another historic moment with her appearance as a feathered bride launching the YSL fragrance Paris at the end of the autumn-winter show. She did a range of print work as well, appearing in or on the cover of magazines like Essence, Ebony, Women’s Wear Daily, Elle International, and French Vogue. Having at one point established a boutique in her native land, Mounia went on to release several albums as a recording artist and is an acclaimed painter, continuing to produce work with an international reach. (

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