Barbara Cheeseborough, 67, a South Philadelphia native who became an international model and was featured on the cover of the first issue of Essence, died Thursday, Oct. 24, of colon cancer in Pomona, Calif.
Mrs. Cheeseborough was the face of Essence for its debut in May 1970. She also made the cover of Harper's Bazaar Italia.
Born Barbara Bowman in Philadelphia, she graduated from South Philadelphia High School and started her modeling career in Philadelphia.
She married William Edward Cheeseborough in 1966. He was a photographer and encouraged his wife to move to New York City to pursue modeling there.