Monday, February 7, 2011

Ebony 1967 Nichelle Nichols Feature

Here it is, folks... we're showed you the cover before, but never the inside content. This time we are feasting our hungry eyes on the rare 1967 issue of Ebony magazine (a digest-sized publication) that features Nichelle Nichols on the cover and inside article. The photos were taken especially for the magazine, so are not the typical publicity shots we've seen for years. These images are a great behind-the-scenes look at Nichelle's contribution to the series, and feature her in some wonderfully lovely pictures interacting charmingly with the cast and crew. I know that everyone around her must have loved her! First up, the cover. I know I've featured it before, but this time I'm bringing the largest version of the cover online that I am aware of...

And the inside feature itself, packed with unusual images of our favorite communications officer.



I love the candid in-costume images of Nichelle in the article, and especially below, as she gracefully brightens the set with her shape and smile. Look at the one of her standing between the wardrobe mistress and stylist, who helped create her onscreen image. Isn't she gorgeous? And the one on the bike... be still, my beating heart! It's not good for you to get so worked up.



Note the above ad for the "lighter, brighter skin" product. Then, as now, it seems that the societal pressure to conform to a certain image drives people to make changes to their appearance; changes that God never intended, and are certainly not desirable. Be who you are, everybody, and be proud of it! At the very least, be content.

Bonus: Below, a rare moody b&w photo, not from the magazine, but a publicity still from before the series.


6 comments:

Rich said...

Hi, just recently discovered your blog and I'm loving it! As someone who didn't really get into Trek until the TNG era, seeing all these old articles gives me a greater appreciation of Trek history.

And thank you for pointing out that Ebony ad. I noticed it right away, but didn't think you'd mention it. I'm glad you did.

pat said...

Beautiful article and quite rare!
She is gorgeous.

Wayne said...

I love it whenever I come across photos from the original series that I've never seen before. These photos from Ebony are fantastic! Thank you so much for posting!

Rob Bignell said...

Kudos to the Ebony photographer for capturing such great behind the scene shots of the series and of Nichelle. The writer, like so many other journalists who try to pen articles about "Star Trek", could have familiarized himself a little more with the show - gaffes like the Enterprise serving in the "United States Military" and an "American" space ship really stand out.

jonnoholt said...

Oh my days! Black and white skin bleaching cream and brilcream to soften those curls! It really is a snapshot of the times.
Many thanks.

david_b said...

Yes, a beautiful pictoral of Nichelle and the set. Well written as well. Yet ANOTHER item to hunt down on eBay...

Thanks for the great posting.