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Newark Stories: Tracey Norman

John O'Boyle

In the mid 1970s, Newark, New Jersey​-native Tracey Norman was the first African American transgender model to work in the beauty industry. She did so undetected.

Tracey graced the pages of fashion magazines all over the world including Essence​ and Vogue Italia​, and was best known for appearing on a box of Clairol​ hair color, before her outing nearly ended her career.

After a near 30-year hiatus Tracey “Africa” Norman is back. After sharing her story and recently appearing on the cover of New York Magazine, Tracey is again working with Clairol as the face of the new, “As Real As You Are” ad campaign.

This is her story.