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Photograph by:
Gerard H. Gaskin, Trinidadian American, born 1965  Search this
Subject of:
Octavia Saint Laurent, American, 1964 - 2009  Search this
Danielle Revlon, American, died 1999  Search this
Tony Revlon, American  Search this
Printed by:
Light Work, American, founded 1973  Search this
ink on Canson Baryta photographique paper
H x W (Sheet) : 16 × 20 in. (40.6 × 50.8 cm)
H x W (Image) : 12 15/16 × 19 in. (32.9 × 48.3 cm)
inkjet prints
Place captured:
Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
This image shows Octavia St. Laurent and Danielle Revlon competing against one another in the Femme Queen Realness category of the 1997 Revlon Ball in Manhattan, NY. Tony Revlon, who was judging that category, is shown seated at the table wearing a hat. Both he and Danielle Revlon were members of the Revlon House. Danielle took home the prize for this category on this particular evening.
A black and white photographic print depicting Octavia St. Laurent and Danielle Revlon, two competitors in the Femme Queen Realness category at the Revlon Ball in Manhattan, NY in 1997. Both Octavia and Danielle are posing leaning on a circular table in the foreground of the image. Each one leans with one hip and one hand on the table and the other hand on their hips. Octavia is on the left side of the image, wearing a black strapless bustier with ruffle details along the bustline and a sheer black button front shirt, unbuttoned and tied around her waist. Danielle, on the right, wears a dark-colored halter dress and a long strand of pearls triple-wrapped around her neck. Both Octavia and Danielle face a man, the ball's judge Tony Revlon, seated on the other side of the table. A small statuette trophy is sitting on the table. A large crowd of spectators are visible sitting and standing at a line of rectangular tables in the background. There are no inscriptions, front or back.
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Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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© Gerard Gaskin
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