A Glamtastic Flashback: 25 Jul 1988, Paris, France, the legendary Rebecca Ayoko models a sheer haute couture evening gown by Danish fashion designer Erik Mortensen for Balmain/ Autumn-Winter 1988-1989.
“You can compare my childhood to a mix between ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and ‘Color Purple’ ” says Rebecca Ayoko. Born in Togo in the seventies, she grew up in extreme poverty and ferocious violence – an upbringing leaving seemingly virtually room for hope. Little did she know that she was to become one of France’s first black supermodels, and Yves Saint Laurent’s muse. Dior, Balmain, Givenchy, Oscar de la Renta: no runway was without her. Shot by Helmut Newton, beloved by French Vogue, “I got my fairytale and so much more.” Today, she has marked history, but hasn’t forgotten her childhood. Her upcoming autobiography (Jean-Claude Gawsewitch editions) will tell her bittersweet, rollercoaster tale.