Veronica Webb is an American model, actress, writer, and journalist. One of top fashion models in the world, she is perhaps best known as the spokesmodel for Revlon, making her the first African American to have a major cosmetics contract. Webb has appeared in such films as “Jungle Fever” (1991), “Malcolm X” (1992), “54” (1998), “Holy Man” (1998), “In Too Deep” (1999) and “Dirty Laundry” (2006). Her book, “Veronica Webb Sight: Adventures In The Big City,” was released by Miramax Books in 1998. She also has written for various magazines. Her broadcasting credits include “Good Morning America” and “Trend Watch.”
Webb, who once dated actor Robert De Niro, was married to George Robb from 2002 to 2009. The marriage produced two daughters, Leila Rose (born 2002) and Molly Blue (born 2004). Webb has supported several charitable organizations, such as LIFEBeat, which focuses on AIDS awareness campaigns and preventive measures, National Breast Cancer Coalition, Product Red and the RPM Nautical Foundation. In 2009, she ran the ING New York City Marathon for the first time. She ran for Harlem United Community AIDS Center. Webb enjoys decorating and traveling the world. She collects shipwreck artifacts and textiles from around the world. Along with Nicole Richie, Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Osbourne, Angie Everhart, Alexandra Richards, Irina Pantaeva, Marisa Miller, Wyclef Jean, Rachel Hunter, Naomi Campbell, and Janice Dickinson, Webb took part in the “Fashion for Relief” show on September 16, 2005 in New York, a benefit for AmeriCares to support victims for Hurricane Katrina.
Mother of 2
Childhood and Family:
The youngest of three sisters, Veronica Webb was born on February 25, 1965, in Detroit, Michigan, to Marion, a public health nurse, and Leonard Douglas Webb, an electrician. She grew up in a working class community. As a young, she developed a love for comic books and hoped one day that she would become an animator. After graduating from Detroit's Waldorf School in 1983, she moved to
New York City's East Village to pursue a college degree in design. However, she later left school to become a model.
In 2002, Veronica married an Archaeologist named George Robb. She gave birth to her first child, daughter Leila Rose Robb, on October 12, 2002. Two years later, she welcomed her second daughter, Molly Blue Robb, on May 21, 2004. Veronica and her husband divorced in 2009.
Veronica Webb was spotted by a makeup artist while shopping in housewares boutique in New York City. She then dropped out of school and began a career in modeling. Webb traveled the world for modeling purposes, and about the same time, she differentiated herself by branching out to other professions such as writer, journalist and reporter.
Webb's modeling career gained major boost when she was hired as a model and spokesperson for Revlon. She became the first African American woman to be offered a contract with a major cosmetics company. Webb has worked with top designers like Azzedine Alaia, Isaac Mizrahi, Karl Lagerfeld, and Todd Oldham.
Already famous as a model, Webb broke into acting in 1991 with a supporting role as Vera in “Jungle Fever,” a drama film directed and written by Spike Lee and starring Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra and Lee. She went on to portray Sister Lucille Rosary in another Lee's film, “Malcolm X” (1992), a biopic starring Denzel Washington as the titular character, and appear as model in the Barry Sonnenfeld comedy “For Love or Money” (1993), starring Michael J. Fox, Gabrielle Anwar and Anthony Higgins.
Webb resumed her acting career in 1998. She first landed the recurring role of Tracy Warren in “Damon” and then was featured as VIP Patron in the drama/history film “54,” which was written and directed by Mark Christopher and starring Ryan Phillippe, Salma Hayek and Sela Ward. The same year, she also played Diandre, Keratin Girl, in Stephen Herek's comedy, “Holy Man,” starring Eddie Murphy, Jeff Goldblum and Kelly Preston.
1998 also saw Miramax Books publish “Veronica Webb Sight: Adventures In The Big City,” a remembrance of her life with a collection of her essays. In the book Webb frankly describes about her naivety and arrogance as a youth.
Webb was cast as Pam in the 1999 thriller movie “In Too Deep,” opposite Omar Epps, LL Cool J, Stanley Tucci with Pam Grier and Nia Long. She later appear as herself in the 2001 comedy film “Someone Like You...,” starring Ashley Judd, Greg Kinnear and Hugh Jackman, made a guest appearance as Heidi in an episode of “Becker” called “The Princess Cruise” (also 2001) and played Susan, a high powered fashion editor, in Maurice Jamal's comedy film, “Dirty Laundry” (2006), starring Rockmond Dunbar, Loretta Devine and Jenifer Lewis.
Webb's credits as a broadcaster include “Good Morning America,” “Last Call,” “Front Page” and Vogue magazine's syndicated style show “Trend Watch.” She has been named American Vogue's Best Dressed list three times.
Webb became editor-at-large for Interview magazine. She served as a monthly columnist for Paper Magazine for five years, and was a contributing editor for Conde Nast's Cookie magazine.
She has also contributed as a writer for Details, Elle, The Sunday Times (UK) and The New York Times Syndicate. She served as
In 2010, Webb was named a member of the Eucerin Skin First Council to promote skin health.