On Saturday, August 11th at Maize Restaurant, Newark, NJ, family and friends will celebrate the accomplishments of native Newarker, Renauld White who has been a trailblazer in the entertainment industry for 50 years. He has been the first African American to break barriers in the industry in various forms:
- First African American male model to appear on the cover of GQ magazine.
- First African American male model to endorse “White” Men’s hair product (Vitalis)
- First African American male model to work for American designers Bill Blass, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Jeffrey Banks, and Donna Karan.
In 1979, Renauld was the first African American to appear on the ground breaking cover of the GQ magazine. His image subsequently appeared in more than 20 issues of GQ and inspired an entire generation of black men to follow their dreams. He worked for Europe’s Yves St. Laurent, Valentino, Armani and Versace. He has endorsed commercial products and services for Jamaica’s Board of Tourism, Delta Airlines, Bank of Boston, and Miller Lite Beer to name of few.
He was the only African-American among ten recipients to be honored by Fortune magazine as a highly successful leader in the fashion modeling industry. Mr. White also had the distinct honor of being one of the five persons named to receive the prestigious style award given by the Fashion Outreach organization. Mr. White also received a sculpture for the Thurgood Marshall’s Fashion Icon Award.
As an actor, White has drawn critical acclaim for his region theatre work. He is most notable for his role in Julius Caesar and for his portrayal of Malcom X in “When the Chickens come Home to Roost.” Other credits include New York Theatre, as well as feature and independent films. Most recently, he has been seen on the CBS daytime Series, “Guiding Light,” on ABC-TV’s “One Life to Live,” and in numerous commercials.
Committed to community service, Renauld shares his modeling and acting experiences in lectures and motivational speeches given to students throughout the country from elementary schools to universities. He also serves as an ambassador for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA, doing grassroots work in the communities it represents with its mission of social change. Renauld also received his Black Belt in Martial Arts in 2010.
He plans to share his experience, insights, and day-to-day success in his forthcoming book. Mr. White says he strongly believes in being spiritually, mentally and physically fit. He thanks God for his family, friends and community.