Miss Africa GB queens were special guests at the 1st ever gallery exhibition of Black Beauty Queens in the UK which took place on Thursday the 7th of July at the Autograph Gallery, Rivington Place,London. On display were the works of the late Raphael Albert (1935-2009), cultural promoter and photographer of black beauty pageants in west London from the late 1960s to the 1980s.
For more than three decades, Albert documented hundreds of popular dance, music and community events while building up a portfolio of portraits of aspiring models. Albert, who came to England from Grenada in 1953, also founded his own magazine Charisma in 1984.
Other guests included Sybil McLean (Miss Black & Beautiful 1972)
Dele Onabowu (Founder Miss Africa),
Susana Owono, Dele Onabowu, Cherelle Hammond Hammond
Sybil McLean (Miss Black & Beautiful 1972 - Featured in Background Photo), Dele Onabowu
Miss Africa GB 2015, Miss Black and Beautiful 1972 (Featured in Background Photo), Miss Africa GB 2015 - 1st Princess
Susana Owono, Adeline Ike (Miss Africa GB Contestant Manager), Cherelle Hammond)
The exhibition featured over sixty modern and vintage prints, as well as archival ephemera.
Photos: TIDG Visuals