A Thousand Dollars per Day
China Machado made 1959 her year by becoming the first person of non-Caucasian descent to appear on the cover of any major American fashion magazine. She did this in 1959, earning an average of $1000 a day. Even more impressive is the fact that she was featured in Harper’s Bazaar at an age when most of the other models were much younger.
After going to Paris in search of employment, she rose to the position of being the highest-paid model in the world, earning $1,000 per day. After making such a splash with her appearance on the cover of the publication, Machado was quickly elevated to the position of senior fashion editor at the publication. She had to start at the bottom and work her way up to become a fashion director. This iconic and famous beauty passed away on December 18th, 2016, at the age of 86.