Veronica Webb on Life Without Limits

After her divorce, she says, "I’ve learned a lot and I’m grateful."

By Susan Swimmer
Photograph: Photo by: Joshua Jordan

Veronica Webb arrives at our photo shoot still powered up from having recently run her first New York City Marathon. “It was right up there with having a baby and seeing Paris for the first time,” she says. “You’re breaking the part of you that says ‘I can’t’ and figuring out how you can live a life without limits.”
Not that Webb was ever one to hold back. The Detroit native headed to New York at 19 to study at Parsons School of Design, but after the umpteenth person told her she should model, she went for it. “I tend to be aggressively positive,” she says. “There was a brief time in my life when I thought it was chic to buy into cynicism, but that doesn’t work for anybody.” After making her mark as a runway star, Webb became one of the first black models to land a multimillion-dollar cosmetics contract (with Revlon). She also acted for Spike Lee, cohosted Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style, launched a writing career, married and had two children.
But happily ever after got derailed and Webb spent the past year adjusting to her divorce. “Dating is very weird when you haven’t done it for a while,” she says. “But I’ve learned a lot, and I’m grateful for all of it. A friend of mine said to me, ‘Veronica, life is not a restaurant: You can get what you want, but not always the way you want it.’ ” She laughs. “I’ll tell you what, that made me appreciate both my life and restaurants more.”
Today, Webb is devising her own menu. She’s a creative consultant to designer Isabella Fiore and a partner in and a spokesperson for the travel Web site “Now I’ve got nothing to prove,” she says. “I can just be me.”

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