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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
StyleMakers
Occupation(s):
Public Relations Executive
Model

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Bright Colors, Orange
Favorite Food:
Hamburgers, French Fries
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
I'm Just Saying... And It Is What It Is And Whatever

Birthplace

Born:
10/15/1943
Birth Location:
Winona, Mississippi

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
StyleMakers
Occupation(s):
Public Relations Executive
Model

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Bright Colors, Orange
Favorite Food:
Hamburgers, French Fries
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
I'm Just Saying... And It Is What It Is And Whatever

Birthplace

Born:
10/15/1943
Birth Location:
Winona
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Biography

Publicist and model Dori Wilson was born in Winona, Mississippi. At the age of seven, Wilson moved to Chicago, Illinois. She attended Farren School, Shakespeare Elementary School, and Hyde Park High School. She continued her education at Roosevelt University, where she graduated with her B.A. degree.

Upon her graduation from Hyde Park High School, Wilson began working for Goldblatt’s in the Accounts Payable Adjusting Department in 1961. Wilson then moved to Compton Advertising, Inc., where she worked as a secretary and assistant producer. She also started her part-time modeling career and became the first African American runway model in Chicago, Illinois in 1964. Wilson began her modeling career by working for Marshall Field & CO. and Carson Pirie Scott. In 1968, Wilson joined Foote, Cone & Belding and on their advertising project with Sears, Roebuck & Co. During the project, she also worked as a model and instructor at Sears, Roebuck, and Co. Charm School. She was promoted in 1970 to director of fashion and casting at Foote, Cone & Belding, where she cast models and helped producers during shoots. During this time, she continued to model and starred in numerous fashion shows, advertisements, and events, including Gucci’s Fall 1970 campaign and the Dress Horsemen and Trophy Board Annual Benefit Fashion Spectacular in 1975. In 1980, Wilson began her successful entrepreneurial career with the opening of Dori Wilson Public Relations, a firm whose clients have included the City of Chicago, Tiffany & Co., and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The following year, Wilson helped form The Chicago Academy for the Arts.

Wilson has been a member of the Girl Scouts of Chicago’s Association Board for over thirty years. She has also been listed in Who’s Who Among Black Americans and in Donna Ballard’s book, Doing It For Ourselves: Success Stories of African American Women in Business, which was published in 1997. In 2008, she was honored in an evening of recognition at the Stanley Paul/Raelene Mittelman Scholarship Benefit.

Wilson lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Dori Wilson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 25, 2010 and July 16, 2017.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dori Wilson's interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dori Wilson lists her favorites, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dori Wilson describes her mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dori Wilson describes her father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dori Wilson describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dori Wilson describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dori Wilson talks about her parents' professions
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dori Wilson describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dori Wilson talks about her elementary school experiences
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dori Wilson remembers her childhood homes in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Dori Wilson describes her early interest in fashion and beauty
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dori Wilson describes her early career in advertising
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dori Wilson describes how she became a professional fashion model
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dori Wilson recalls her appearance on 'The Dating Game'
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dori Wilson talks about the black is beautiful movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dori Wilson describes her community involvement in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dori Wilson talks about her positions at the Foote, Cone and Belding advertising agency
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dori Wilson remembers her talk show, 'Memorandum,' pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dori Wilson remembers her talk show, 'Memorandum,' pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dori Wilson recalls founding Dori Wilson Public Relations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dori Wilson describes the clientele of Dori Wilson Public Relations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dori Wilson talks about her relationship with Oprah Winfrey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dori Wilson reflects upon her decision not to pursue a television career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dori Wilson talks about the public relations industry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dori Wilson describes her involvement in political campaigns
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dori Wilson recalls her public relations work with The HistoryMakers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dori Wilson describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dori Wilson reflects upon the future of her career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dori Wilson reflects upon her legacy, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dori Wilson talks about her parents' opinion of her career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dori Wilson describes how she would like to be remembered, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dori Wilson narrates her photographs
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Slating of Dori Wilson's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dori Wilson lists her favorites, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dori Wilson describes her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dori Wilson remembers her early experiences in Winona, Mississippi
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dori Wilson describes her father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dori Wilson describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Dori Wilson recalls her early experiences in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Dori Wilson talks about her siblings
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Dori Wilson describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Dori Wilson remembers the holidays
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Dori Wilson describes her early aspirations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Dori Wilson remembers moving to Highland Park, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Dori Wilson remembers living with her mother's white employers
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Dori Wilson recalls her experiences of discrimination in the Chicago Public Schools
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Dori Wilson remembers the Shakespeare School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Dori Wilson talks about her early work in the retail industry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Dori Wilson describes how she came to work for Compton Advertising, Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Dori Wilson recalls her first professional modeling job
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Dori Wilson describes her modeling career in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Dori Wilson talks about 'The Dating Game'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Dori Wilson talks about the advertising industry in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Dori Wilson describes her experiences as an African American model
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Dori Wilson talks about the elite society of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Dori Wilson remembers her transition to the public relations industry
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Dori Wilson remembers the nightlife of the 1970s in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Dori Wilson remembers meeting Potter Palmer IV
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Dori Wilson talks about her social circle
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Dori Wilson remembers notable figures from the entertainment industries of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Dori Wilson remembers Barbara Gardner Proctor
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Dori Wilson talks about the advertising agencies in Chicago's River North
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Dori Wilson describes how she came to work at Foote, Cone and Belding
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Dori Wilson recalls the initial investments in the Dori Wilson Public Relations firm
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Dori Wilson recalls the early years of Dori Wilson Public Relations
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Dori Wilson remembers the events organized by Dori Wilson Public Relations
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Dori Wilson talks about her friendship with Oprah Winfrey
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Dori Wilson remembers her role in Oprah Winfrey's early career
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Dori Wilson talks about Oprah Winfrey's career
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Dori Wilson talks about the importance of networking in public relations
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Dori Wilson talks about the challenges of small business ownership
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Dori Wilson reflects upon her career in public relations
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Dori Wilson talks about segregation in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Dori Wilson describes her involvement on the boards of civic organizations
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Dori Wilson describes her role at the Chicago Academy for the Arts in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Dori Wilson talks about her public relations projects
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Dori Wilson describes how she became her nephew's guardian
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Dori Wilson talks about the challenges of parenthood
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Dori Wilson describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Dori Wilson talks about the future of Dori Wilson Public Relations
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Dori Wilson reflects upon her legacy, pt. 2
  • Tape: 10 Story: 8 - Dori Wilson talks about her service on women's boards
  • Tape: 10 Story: 9 - Dori Wilson describes the fashion industry in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 10 Story: 10 - Dori Wilson remembers Nena Ivon and Marilyn Miglin
  • Tape: 10 Story: 11 - Dori Wilson talks about the Lawson House YMCA in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Dori Wilson talks about her relationship with Ann Dibble Jordan
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - Dori Wilson talks about her work with Columbia College President Mirron Alexandroff
  • Tape: 11 Story: 3 - Dori Wilson reflects upon her experiences in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 11 Story: 4 - Dori Wilson describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 11 Story: 5 - Dori Wilson reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 11 Story: 6 - Dori Wilson describes how she would like to be remembered, pt. 2
  • Tape: 11 Story: 7 - Dori Wilson reflects upon her legacy, pt. 3