She was one of the first Black models to walk for major fashion houses.
Mitchell arrived upon the fashion industry somewhat serendipitously. In 1977, she was a teacher at an elementary Catholic school, making only $227 biweekly, when she was scouted on the streets of New York by top modeling agent and executive Eileen Ford.
Mitchell's time with Rucci ended after a solid 15 years. While the model may have since been largely absent from the runway, her work only shifted rather than halted. She took on public speaking and coaching, and continues to be highly sought-after by designers and photographers for her expertise.
Recent years have resulted in Mitchell's return to the runway, working with brands such as Christopher John Rogers, Barragán, and Nike. With her personality dominating shows just as it did in the '90s, Mitchell has proven to the fashion world that — at either 25 or 60-plus — she's here to stay.