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US black lifestyle guru B. Smith dies

Image copyright Getty Images Barbara “B.” Smith, the groundbreaking lifestyle guru, fashion model and restaurateur has died at the age of 70, according to her family.The restaurateur and author suffered from early onset Alzheimer’s disease.Smith was sometimes referred to as the “black Martha Stewart” due to her line of books, businesses and TV programmes.She began…

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Barbara “B.” Smith, the groundbreaking lifestyle guru, fashion model and restaurateur has died at the age of 70, according to her family.The restaurateur and author suffered from early onset Alzheimer’s disease.Smith was sometimes referred to as the “black Martha Stewart” due to her line of books, businesses and TV programmes.She began suffering memory problems years before her death. Her husband began dating before she died, attracting interest as well as critics.The daughter of a steelworker and a maid began modeling in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, after graduating from secondary school in the late 1960s. She went on to sign with the prominent Wilhelmina modelling agency in New York City.In 1976 she became only the second black model to appear on the cover of Mademoiselle magazine.

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