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Alfred Richard Fornay

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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Magazine Beauty Editor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Southern Style Garden Salad
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bermuda; Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
Develop A Skin As Thick As A Rhinoceros Hide.

Birthplace

Born:
6/8/1941
Birth Location:
Cincinnati, Ohio

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Magazine Beauty Editor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Southern Style Garden Salad
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bermuda; Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
Develop A Skin As Thick As A Rhinoceros Hide.

Birthplace

Born:
6/8/1941
Birth Location:
Cincinnati
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Biography

Magazine beauty editor and consultant Alfred Fornay was born on June 8, 1941 in Cincinnati, Ohio. After graduating from high school, Fornay moved to New York City, where he attended the Wilfred Academy of Beauty and Hair Design. In 1966, Fornay went on to earn his A.A.S. degree from the City College of New York in merchandising and marketing, and another A.A.S. degree from the State University of New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology.

In 1971, after completing his education, Fornay was hired as the Assistant Ethnic Marketing Manager for Clairol Cosmetics. The next year, he moved to Essence magazine, where he was the Associate Beauty Editor. In 1973, he returned to cosmetics as Beauty/Training Director for Fashion Fair. Five years later, he was hired by Revlon and became Creative Director for Revlon’s “Polished Ambers” Collection.

In 1980, Fornay became an editor for Elan magazine’s beauty section. Two years later, he was hired as Ebony’s beauty and fashion editor. When Ebony expanded with a new magazine, Ebony Man, in 1985, Fornay served as the magazine’s first editor in chief, and worked with the publication in various capacities thereafter. He also wrote contributing pieces for other magazines and in 1989 wrote and published Fornay’s Guide to Skin Care and Makeup for Women of Color.

Fornay has been affiliated with a number of organizations, including the National Association of Black Journalists, the Boys and Girls Choirs of Harlem and the nonprofit styleWORKS. Beginning in 2000, he has taught evening classes on color, cosmetics and men’s grooming at the New Rochelle High School. He published two additional books, The African American Woman’s Guide to Successful Make-Up and Skin Care and Born Beautiful: The African American Teenager’s Complete Beauty Guide. From 2005 to 2006, he served as a special assistant to David Paterson, then a New York state senator. Fornay is developing a new magazine, Luxe Living and another book, Beauty for Life, for older women. Fornay opened the Image Connection Institute, a personal development company, purveyors of business protocol, etiquette, manners, courtesy, fashion, beauty, grooming programs for men, women, young people and children. His first clients were professional interns for the Bill Clinton Foundation.

Fornay was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 19, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Alfred Richard Fornay describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Alfred Richard Fornay describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Alfred Richard Fornay recalls his father's experiences of racial discrimination
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Alfred Richard Fornay describes his mother's upbringing in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Alfred Richard Fornay talks about his maternal family's migration from Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Alfred Richard Fornay describes his mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Alfred Richard Fornay describes his mother's religious background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Alfred Richard Fornay remembers his maternal grandmother's occupation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Alfred Richard Fornay describes his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Alfred Richard Fornay describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Alfred Richard Fornay recalls his father's childhood in Union Mills, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Alfred Richard Fornay talks about his paternal family's relocation to Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Alfred Richard Fornay remembers his paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Alfred Richard Fornay recalls his father's religious background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Alfred Richard Fornay describes his father's professions
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Alfred Richard Fornay describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Alfred Richard Fornay recalls his parents' siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Alfred Richard Fornay describes his father's personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Alfred Richard Fornay describes his parents' marriage
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Alfred Richard Fornay recalls his mother's conversion to Seventh-day Adventism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Alfred Richard Fornay lists his siblings
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Alfred Richard Fornay describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Alfred Richard Fornay recalls his home life
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Alfred Richard Fornay remembers the entertainment of his youth
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Alfred Richard Fornay recalls celebrating the holidays
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Alfred Richard Fornay describes his neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Alfred Richard Fornay describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Alfred Richard Fornay remembers his uncle
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Alfred Richard Fornay recalls his early education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Alfred Richard Fornay remembers a play at the Avondale School in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Alfred Richard Fornay recalls his mother's influence on his education
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Alfred Richard Fornay remembers the Shiloh Preparatory School in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Alfred Richard Fornay describes his experiences at the Shiloh Preparatory School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Alfred Richard Fornay remembers his inquisitive personality
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Alfred Richard Fornay recalls his early aspirations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Alfred Richard Fornay talks about Seventh-day Adventism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Alfred Richard Fornay remembers the Pine Forge Institute in Pine Forge, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Alfred Richard Fornay describes his experiences at the Pine Forge Institute
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Alfred Richard Fornay recalls his teachers at the Pine Forge Institute
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Alfred Richard Fornay recalls his personal growth during high school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Alfred Richard Fornay talks about the restrictions in Seventh-day Adventism
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Albert Richard Fornay recalls leaving the Pine Forge Institute in Pine Forge, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Albert Richard Fornay recalls his position at the Losantiville Country Club in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Albert Richard Fornay describes his parents' relationship
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Albert Richard Fornay recalls his decision to move to New York City
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Albert Richard Fornay remembers his initial experiences in New York City
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Albert Richard Fornay recalls his decision to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Albert Richard Fornay recalls his parents' opinions of his studies
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Albert Richard Fornay recalls his experiences at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Albert Richard Fornay describes his coursework at the Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Albert Richard Fornay remembers the Ebony Fashion Fair
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Alfred Richard Fornay remembers his stylistic influences
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Alfred Richard Fornay recalls his internship with Rose Morgan
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Alfred Richard Fornay recalls the Wilfred Academy of Hair and Beauty Culture in New York City
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Alfred Richard Fornay remembers Rose Morgan
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Alfred Richard Fornay recalls the Ophelia DeVore School of Self-Development and Modeling in New York City
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Alfred Richard Fornay recalls working as a makeup artist for Libra Cosmetics
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Alfred Richard Fornay remembers becoming the ethnic marketing manager of Clairol, Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Alfred Richard Fornay talks about the expansion of African American cosmetics
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Alfred Richard Fornay recalls his training under Naomi Stern at Revlon, Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Alfred Richard Fornay recalls becoming an associate beauty editor for Essence magazine
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Alfred Richard Fornay remembers his colleagues at Essence magazine
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Alfred Richard Fornay recalls the college issue of Essence magazine
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Alfred Richard Fornay remembers his interview with John H. Johnson
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Alfred Richard Fornay recalls his position at the Johnson Publishing Company, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Alfred Richard Fornay recalls his position at the Johnson Publishing Company, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Alfred Richard Fornay remembers joining Revlon, Inc.
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Alfred Richard Fornay talks about Reverend Dr. Gregory Smith
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Alfred Richard Fornay recalls the theft of Johnson Products' formulas by Revlon, Inc.
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Alfred Richard Fornay talks about Johnson Products
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Alfred Richard Fornay recalls working with Iman at Revlon, Inc.
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Alfred Richard Fornay remembers Beverly Johnson's Vogue cover
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - Alfred Richard Fornay talks about the impact of the Civil Rights Movement on the beauty industry
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Alfred Richard Fornay describes the history of the black beauty industry
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Alfred Richard Fornay talks about the media's representation of black beauty, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Alfred Richard Fornay talks about the media's representation of black beauty, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Alfred Richard Fornay talks about the changing images of black beauty
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Alfred Richard Fornay describes the early black beauty products, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Alfred Richard Fornay describes the early black beauty products, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Alfred Richard Fornay recalls his experiences as a beauty editor at Elan magazine
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Alfred Richard Fornay remembers Marie Brown
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Alfred Richard Fornay recalls his mentorship of younger makeup artists
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Alfred Richard Fornay recalls his role as Ebony's beauty and fashion editor
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Alfred Richard Fornay recalls the launch of Ebony Man magazine
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Alfred Richard Fornay talks about his beauty manuals
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Alfred Richard Fornay describes his beauty book for teenagers
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Alfred Richard Fornay recalls his work with the Boys Choir of Harlem
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Alfred Richard Fornay describes his celebrity clientele
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Alfred Richard Fornay remembers Stephen Burrows
  • Tape: 9 Story: 9 - Alfred Richard Fornay recalls a white photographer's discriminatory remarks, pt. 1
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Alfred Richard Fornay recalls a white photographer's discriminatory remarks, pt. 2
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Alfred Richard Fornay describes the importance of depicting black beauty
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Alfred Richard Fornay talks about the Procter and Gamble Company's approach to the beauty industry
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Alfred Richard Fornay talks about the future of black glamour
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Alfred Richard Fornay reflects upon in his legacy
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Alfred Richard Fornay talks about his magazine, Luxe Living
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Alfred Richard Fornay describes his plans for the future
  • Tape: 10 Story: 8 - Alfred Richard Fornay describes his current book project
  • Tape: 10 Story: 9 - Alfred Richard Fornay talks about skin color bias in the black community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 10 Story: 10 - Alfred Richard Fornay talks about skin color bias in the black community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 10 Story: 11 - Alfred Richard Fornay describes his role at StyleWorks
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Alfred Richard Fornay narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - Alfred Richard Fornay narrates his photographs, pt. 2