HomeTop HeadlinesPopular Model/Soap Opera Star Dead at 80

Popular Model/Soap Opera Star Dead at 80

- Advertisement -

Renauld White, an influential Black actor and model, died on June 26, 2024 at 80. His death occurred during hospice care at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, New York City.

White, a Newark, New Jersey native, made substantial strides in the fashion industry in the 1970s, shattering racial barriers. In November 1979, he made waves as the second Black model on the cover of GQ magazine, following Swiss model Urs Althaus. This significant milestone contributed to increased diversity in the modeling sector.

Throughout his impressive career, White collaborated with prominent fashion brands, such as Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Bill Blass. He was also among the first Black models to model for designers like Donna Karan. In 1982, he featured on the cover of Playboy, further establishing his role as an industry pioneer.

Beyond modeling, White advocated for greater diversity in the fashion industry, often challenging modeling agencies on the scarcity of opportunities for Black models. His actions significantly impacted the industry, creating more chances for models of color in the future.

In 1986, White started his acting career on the popular soap opera “Guiding Light.” Between 1986 and 1992, he took on the role of William Reynolds, marking the start of a multi-decade acting career.

White’s acting repertoire included various television shows and movies, such as the TV movie “Gun Hill” in 2014 and the horror film “Central Park” in 2017, his final on-screen appearance. Throughout his career, he consistently advocated for increased representation of Black actors in the entertainment sector.

Even in his later years, White remained involved in the fashion scene. At 79, he emerged from retirement in 2023 to participate in a campaign for Dolce & Gabbana, underscoring his enduring impact and appeal in fashion.

Jeffrey Banks, a longtime friend and fashion designer, announced White’s passing, describing him as “the perfect gentleman and a great ambassador” for his brand. This sentiment reflects the widespread respect and admiration White earned throughout his career.

Renauld White’s funeral will take place on July 12, 2024 in his birth city of Newark, New Jersey.

White’s passing leaves a void in the industry, but his legacy as a trailblazer in both fashion and entertainment will undoubtedly continue to inspire future generations.

- Advertisement -

Latest Articles

More Articles Like This