Daphne Maxwell Reid: Richmond, Virginia
Daphne Maxwell Reid, Actress and Author
Richmond, Virginia

Everyone remembers Daphne Maxwell Reid as an iconic TV mom of the 1990s, from her three seasons as Aunt Vivian on “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” These days Reid is a Renaissance woman, respected artist and designer, and education activist.  Working from her home in Virginia, and still happily married to pioneering television actor/producer/writer/director Tim Reid (“WKRP in Cincinnati,” “Frank’s Place”), Daphne Maxwell Reid is living proof that a passion for creativity and a dedication to hard work can ensure a lifetime’s worth of success. 

Breaking new barriers is nothing new to Reid, who decades ago became the first African-American homecoming queen at Northwestern University and shortly thereafter one of the first African-American women to appear on the cover of Glamour magazine.  But many fans of her modeling and acting career probably don’t know that Reid is a lifelong shutterbug, a hobby passed down by her father that has now become a focal point of her career.  With five books and 5 annual calendars already published, Reid specializes in fine art photography that features doors and doorways from around the world, including Cuba, Venice, France, China, Germany, and Belgium. Now she’s added to her publishing resume with her first cookbook, “Grace + Soul & Motherwit,” which offers her favorite recipes spiced with personal memories and reflections from her life and travels.

Reid has also been a seamstress for much of her life, creating many of her own outfits and costumes as a young actress and model, and has now developed those skills into an exclusive, custom clothing line called Daphne Style, making Chinese silk brocade jackets that are wearable works of art. She also keeps busy as the Host of Virginia Currents (PBS), and as a spokesperson for Virginia State University, a historically black college/university (HBCU), doing outreach, public relations, and speaking engagements that allow her to preach the importance of education and career prep for students of color.   

Be sure to follow Daphne on Facebook and Instagram too!

 
 
 
Questionnaire
1
What is your favorite word to describe Richmond?

Eclectic.

2
What word best reflects the people of Richmond?

Passionate.

3
What is the most creative, spiritual or emotional place in Richmond?

 My studio at home.

4
What is your favorite outdoor activity in Richmond?

Wallking.

5
What is your favorite indoor activity in Richmond?

Art events and concerts.

6
What is your favorite sound or noise in Richmond?

Birds.

7
What is your favorite smell or taste in Richmond?

Beet salad.

8
What drink best reflects Richmond?

Beer.

9
What song or type of music best reflects Richmond?

Jazz.

10
If Heaven were Richmond, what would God say to a visitor when they arrive at the Pearly Gates?

Welcome home.

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