V Magazine has an article on Bethann Hardison interview by Iman.
FOR 30 YEARS THE FORMER MODEL AND AGENT HAS SOUGHT TO EXPAND THE FASHION INDUSTRY’S NOTION OF WHAT’S BEAUTIFUL. AND IT HASN’T BEEN EASY. HERE SHE SPEAKS WITH HER CLOSE FRIEND IMAN ABOUT THE GENESIS OF THE BLACK SUPERMODEL
Photography Paul Rowland
IMAN So, Beth, we are here in Stone Ridge in upstate New York on the Fourth of July. I think this is very appropriate, because when I came to the United States, the way you welcomed me, I compared you to the Statue of Liberty, right?
BETHANN HARDISON I was working with [designer] Stephen Burrows and I made an appointment for you to come in from Wilhelmina to do a small show, and you were so nervous you were trembling like a bird. When you went to put the shoes on, you were having a hard time so I got down on my knees to try to help you. The other girls were hating you and whispering, “Look at her putting on the shoe for the princess.” [Laughs] I looked at you and said, “You can understand what they’re saying, can’t you?”
IMAN And I said, “Yes!” It meant a lot to me, and we’re still friends to this day. And…not a lot of people know this, but you were my maid of honor when I married my husband.
BH I was so stunned when you asked me! But you said, “Who else could be better?”
read more of the interview over at VMagazine