Own a bit of both beauty and racial history with these never-used pots of eyeshadow by Mona Manet, a short-lived, NYC cosmetic company with a fascinating founder:
As the first black student to live in a University of Michigan dormitory, Detroit native Elsie Roxborough was, "a beauty, the most striking girl in Ann Arbor. She was light-skinned and very classy. To a kid like me, she seemed svelte, knowing, witty, sexy," her classmate and fellow aspiring playwright and journalist Arthur Miller reminisced. With her Roxane Players, she produced Langston Hughes's play Drums of Haiti, and charmed Hughes as she had charmed boxer Joe Louis some years earlier. Elsie Roxborough was "the girl I was in love with" in 1937, Hughes wrote in his autobiography.
Upon graduation, Roxborough "passed" into the white world. Modeling in Los Angeles, she took the name Pat Rico. After less than a year in California, she moved to New York and took the name "Mona Manet." Manet was in charge of makeup and coiffures for the Times's "Fashions of the Times" style show, eventually opening her modeling salon, Mona Manet, Inc., at 48 East 52nd Street, and launching Mona Manet cosmetics.
Vintage Bakelite pots | 1 inch diameter | excellent vintage condition