Supermodel Georgianna Robertson is recognized for playing Dane Simpson in the Robert Altman film “Ready to Wear” (1994), where she shared a National Board of Review Award for her performance. She became one of Yves Saint Laurent's all time favorite models thanks to her charming ability to bring clothes alive. Robertson has also walked the runways for such fashion top names as Ralph Lauren, Carolina Herrera and Jean Paul Gaultier and appeared in a number of campaigns for clients like L’Oreal and Maybelline cosmetics. Her face has decorated many magazine covers, including Spanish, French and Italian editions of “Elle” and French “Vogue.” She also has her own swimwear line.
Robertson has done charitable work for years and while in school, tutored young children. More recently, she visited Croatian war orphans and lectured South African children on Aids, education and self pride.
Robertson now resides in New York City. Whenever she has time, she visits her family in Jamaica.
Childhood and Family:
Georgianna Robertson was born to a Jamaican politician father of Scottish lineage and a half Indian cosmetologist mother originating from India. She immigrated to the United States with her mother and two brothers when she was 12 years old. Once the family arrived in America, her mother raised the family as Mormons. Georgianna was an honor student in high school and once received an award for becoming one of the best students in the state of New York. She furthered her studies at Hunter College in N.Y. before being spotted and launching a successful career in modeling.
Ready to Wear
“Georgianna is one of the few with good manners and education in the business of modeling.” Andre Leon Talley, Creative Director of “Vanity Fair” and Editor-at-Large of “Vogue”
Georgianna Robertson made her fashion show debut in Paris when she was selected by Yves Saint Laurent to appear in his 30th anniversary celebration show at the Paris Opera Bastille. The partnership has since continued with Robertson becoming one of Yves Saint Laurent's favorite models. She modeled for his Haute Couture and Ready-to-Wear collections and appeared in his JAZZ cologne campaign. She was also featured in Laurent's French Soccer World Cup show and his show at the Beaubourg in Paris.
Robertson quickly added cover gigs to her endeavors. In her debut, she distinguished herself for becoming the first African American model ever to grace the cover of French “Madame Figaro.” Since then, she has appeared on the covers of numerous Europe and American publications and posed for many world class photographers. Robertson is also known for being the first black model to appear on the high profile double Christmas/New Year issue of French “Vogue” and the third ever on the cover of French “Vogue,” following Iman and Naomi. She also appeared on the cover of American “Town & Country,” during which time it become the magazine's best selling cover ever. In addition to YSL, Robertson has strutted down the catwalks for big fashion houses like Chanel, Ralph Lauren, and Dior, among others. She has appeared in prestigious campaigns for Ralph Lauren Jeans, L’Oreal, Maybelline, and LVMH, to name a few. She is also an international spokesperson for Lancome.
Robertson made her acting debut in 1994 when she landed a part in Jean-Pierre Marois' award winning short “Save the Rabbits,” opposite Danny Aiello and Teri Garr. However, it was her supporting role in Robert Altman's comedy “Ready to Wear,” which starred Marcello Mastroianni, Julia Roberts and Sophia Loren, that made her famous. Playing Dane Simpson, she jointly nabbed a National Board of Review for Best Acting by an Ensemble. She went on to appear in an episode of “Oddville, MTV” (1997) and in an Italian TV film titled “Un nero per casa” (1998, as Mory's sister). Robertson later portrayed Natty Dreads in the 2004 film “Double zéro” (2004, directed by Gérard Pirès) and Sidney Rivers in the 2009 direct to video drama “Rise Above the Silver and Gold” (written and directed by Stanley V. Henson Jr.). The brown eyed, black haired beauty has also starred in many music videos, including Ini Kamoze's “Here Comes the Hotstepper” and Stevie Wonder's “When Robbins Will Sing” and was a judge on the TV show “Top Model 2005: New York” (2005).
National Board of Review (NBR): Best Acting by an Ensemble, “Prêt-à-Porter,” 1994