the nat king cole show

Nathaniel Adams Coles (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965), known professionally as Nat King Cole. 

American singer who first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist. He was widely noted for his soft baritone voice, performing in big band and jazz genres, and was a major force in popular music for three decades. Cole was one of the first African Americans to host a national television variety show, The Nat King Cole Show. (Wikipedia)

View of singer Nat King Cole posing at piano. Printed on front: “Nat ‘King’ Cole. Personal management: Carlos Gastel. Management, General Artists Corporation, New York, Chicago, Hollywood, London. Bruno of Hollywood.” Handwritten on back: “Cole, Nat.”

  • Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library

“Dinah never had a penny’s worth of prejudice about anybody. In 1961, when she did a duet with Nat King Cole on her show, it was the first time a white woman had sung with a black man on American television, and it caused an uproar. Most of the affiliate stations in the South dropped the show. Dinah responded by having Sidney Poitier on the next week. That was her way of dealing with prejudice, and it worked. Eventually all the stations came back. Dinah was amazing in terms of her friendships with blacks, on the one hand, and with people who couldn’t put a governor on the way that they spoke, on the other. They’d make racist remarks, but she’d never tell them to shut up, which I know is what she wanted to say. She’d never confront people that way. Instead she’d quickly change the subject. Most of them got the message not to talk that way around her.” — Burt Reynolds 

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On this day in music history: November 5, 1956 - “The Nat King Cole Show” makes its debut on the NBC television network. The landmark variety series makes history as the first nationally aired program to be hosted by an African American performer. The show begins initially as a fifteen minute program which is then expanded to a half hour in July 1957. The show features many high profile guests (and personal friends of Cole’s) including Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Harry Belafonte, Mel Tormé and Eartha Kitt. These performers appeared on the show working for either industry scale, or for no pay at all. During its run, the program lacks major product sponsorship with many potential sponsors fearing they will offend certain viewers not wanting to see black performers on television. In spite of generating constantly high ratings, Cole (not NBC) decides to end the show after only thirteen months (with the final episode airing on December 17, 1957) due to high operating costs.

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On this day in music history: November 5, 1956 - “The Nat King Cole Show” makes its debut on the NBC television network. It will make history as the first nationally aired program to be hosted by an African American performer. The show will begin initially as a fifteen minute program which is then expanded to a half hour in July 1957. The show will feature many high profile guests (and personal friends of Cole’s) including Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Harry Belafonte, Mel Tormé and Eartha Kitt. These performers appeared on the show working for either industry scale, or for no pay at all. During its run, the program will lack major product sponsorship with many potential sponsors fearing they will offend certain viewers not wanting to see black performers on television. In spite of generating constantly high ratings, Cole (not NBC) will decide to end the show after only thirteen months (with the final episode airing on December 17, 1957) due to high operating costs.

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(Coat: Zplish / Neck warmer: Byungmun Seo / Top: Stylist’s own / Pants: Byungmun Seo)

Photographer: Cherry Lee / Stylist: Kim Pan Joo / Makeup Artist:Bomin / Translator: Sharon

Exclusively shot and interviewed for Korean Model blog.

(Shirt: Iceberg / Pants: Zplish)

Name /  이름:

Agency / 에이전시:

  • Buttonsoup Ent ( 버튼숲이엔티)

Age /  나이

  • 22

Height / 키

  • 188CM

Hometown / 고향

  • Seoul (서울)

(Coat: Munn / Scarf: Phillip Plein / Pants: Evisu / Shoes: Patron Saint)

Favorite things to do / 취미나 시간있을때 즐기는 일들

  • Bike riding, reading, and listening to music ( 자전거타기, 독서, 음악듣기)

Favorite musician or band / 가장 좋아하는 음악가/밴드

  • Nat King Cole

Favorite movie or TV show / 즐기는 영화랑 TV쇼들

  • I’m not picky when it comes to movie genres, but I don’t like TV. ( 영화는 장르를 가리지않고 다 보지만, TV는 좋아하지않는다.)

Favorite brand or designer / 가장 좋아하는 브랜드/디자이너

  • Armani, Dolce & Gabbana

(Coat: MUNN)

How did you start modeling / 어떻게 모델링 시작했나요?

  • After I happened to watch a fashion show on TV, I started practicing on my own. ( TV에서 패션쇼를 우연히 접하게 된 후, 혼자 연습하기 시작했다.)

Was modeling something that you always wanted to do? / 모델링은 꼭 하고싶었나요?

  • Yes, I really desperately wanted to be one. (진짜,간절하게 하고싶었다.)

What is your most memorable modeling moment? / 모델링 하면서 기억에 제일 남는 순간?

  • My first show was the first season of Milan. It was for the Dolce & Gabbana show, and I still can’t forget the memory of the show rehearsal. ( 밀란 첫시즌에 나가서 첫쇼를 섰다. 그게 Dolce&Gabbana였는데, 리허설때 그 기억이 잊혀지지 않는다.)

(Coat: Zplish / Neck warmer: Byungmun Seo / Top: Stylist’s own / Pants: Byungmun Seo / Shoes: What I Want)

Is there any brand that you would love to model for? / 꼭 모델링 해주고 싶은 브랜드 있나요?

  • PRADA!!

What do you think about when you’re on the runway? / 런웨이에 걸을때 하는 생각들?

  • I think that in this moment, I am the most amazing person in the world. ( 이 세상에서 내가 제일 멋지다고 생각한다.)

How do you keep in shape? / 몸메 어떻게 관리하나요?

  • I mainly go to the gym. ( 헬스장을 주로 이용한다.)

(Coat: Zplish / Shirt: Iceberg / Pants: Zplish / Shoes: Stylist’s own)

You travelled a lot because of your job, what is your most favorite city that you have visited? / 일때문에 많이 여행가는데, 간 시들중에 어디가 제일 좋았나요?

  • Milan

How would you describe your personal style? / 개인 스타일을 설명해주세요

  • I don’t like showy, excessive things so I like a minimalist style. ( 과한건 싫어서 미니멀한 스타일을 좋아한다.)

How do you see yourself in 10 years from now? / 10년 후, 뭐하고 있을 것 같나요?

  • Perhaps being with younger models who aspire to be models like me. I’d like to think that I would be helping these younger models go in a good direction. ( 아마도 나와 같은 모델들을 꿈꾸는 후배들과 함께 있지않을까 싶다. 나의 후배들이 좋은 방향으로 갈 수 있게 도와주고 있지않을까.)

(Coat: Munn / Scarf: Phillip Plein)