Renauld White, 'The Guiding Light' Star and Model, Dies at 80

Pioneering model and actor leaves a lasting legacy

by Zain ul Abedin
Renauld White, 'The Guiding Light' Star and Model, Dies at 80
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Renauld White, who broke barriers to model diversity in designer shows and also later becoming an actor on "The Guiding Light," died on June 26 at the age of 80. White was admitted in hospice at the Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan at the time of his death.

His friend, fashion designer Jeffrey Banks, spoke to WWD and reassured the public of the terrible news. They did not reveal the cause of death of the deceased person. November 1979 marked history in his modelling career when White became the second black man to appear on the GQ magazine cover, a breakthrough in the fashion world.

He collaborated with very famous designers among which are Bill Blass, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan. In this way, his activities facilitated a change in the scope of model selection to become more diverse and inclusive.

In his acting career, White acted in a daytime serial that aired for two years on the soap "The Guiding Light." The audiences loved him, and people in the television soap opera considered him one of their own.

Honoring White's Legacy

White’s funeral is set to take place on July 12 at 11 a.m.

at the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark in New Jersey. This will be a chance for the family, friends and all the fans to come and mourn, or as it is now referred to, come and honour this great man. Consequently, there is no doubt that Whites have had a profound influence on both fashion and entertainment.

Through his efforts, he made it easier for the next generations of Black Models and actors to find their way into the industry. This is a lasting legacy of breaking barriers and raising the bar in one’s achievements. The fashion world has lost one of its own - Renauld White is no more, though people will not only recall his accomplishments but also his kind-heartedness and willingness to give. Its impact will remain with us for many more years to come, thanks to his contribution to the filmmaking industry.