Many have only learned of Roanne because of her iconic photograph (see below) that was photographed for LIFE magazine by the legendary Yale Joel. Roanne began her career in modeling in her home town of Chicago, Illinois where she came from a very prominent family of educators and activists.
I honestly believe that Roanne was one of the models who modeled for Paco Rabannes controversial first showing here in the USA. Roanne modeled both extensively in NYC and in Paris for André Courrèges and other Paris based designers before returning back to the USA and continuing her teaching career to empower youngsters in inner-city Chicago in hopes of a better life.
Sadly, Roanne died tragically at the hands of her estranged husband in 1973 at the age of 26 after being stabbed to death. I'm sure her imagery is on the negatives of several well known photographers from here to France, but we'll never know.
Roanne Nesbit and Carol LaBrie shot by Gianni Penati for VOGUE.
Roanne in ad from the '70s.
For L'Officiel 1969 shot by Patrick Bertrand.
From VOGUE Paris