This screening is part of the Newark Black Film Festival.

  • Invisible Beauty, directed by Bethann Hardison and Frédéric Tcheng. (115 min). Not rated
    The story of Bethann Hardison, a fashion revolutionary who has been on the front lines of racial justice in her industry for over five decades. Through her life journey as a pioneering Black model, modeling agent, and activist, the film explores race, beauty, and representation.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with independent curator Kristen J. Owens and other panelists.

Moderator: Darryl Walker, Manager of Community Engagement, NMOA

Location: Billy Johnson Auditorium

Meet the Filmmakers

Bethann Hardison

Director, 'Invisible Beauty'

Bethann Hardison – former model, advocate, and founder of the modeling and management agency that bears her name – has long been a groundbreaker in the world of fashion. She has helped guide the careers of some of the most prominent models in recent times and through her decades of advocacy work has challenged and helped change common notions of beauty by consistently championing diversity in the fashion industry.

Frédéric Tcheng

Director, 'Invisible Beauty'

Frédéric Tcheng is a French-born filmmaker. Dior and I, his award-winning directorial debut, premiered at the Tribeca film festival in 2014. Tcheng directed the 2019 documentary Halston, a CNN Films and Amazon Original production.

His most recent film Invisible Beauty premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. Tcheng had previously co-produced and co-edited the 2009 hit documentary Valentino: The Last Emperor, and co-directed the 2011 documentary Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel.


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