In her heyday in the late ‘80s and ’90s, Kara Young was one of the most desirable models in the world (here, she’s pictured in a 1990 French Vogue). Her golden complexion and regal features landed her ad campaigns with cosmetics giants, including Revlon, L’Oreal, Clairol, Maybelline and Victoria’s Secret. But her biggest break was probably her shoot with Richard Avedon for Revlon’s Most Unforgettable Women campaign, alongside supermodels Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer. She continued to work as one of Revlon’s top models for the next ten years. In 2004, she retired from modeling to open the celebrated New York City salon, Hair Rules, with hairstylist-to-the-stars Anthony Dickey (an Essence.com favorite!).