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Model China Machado has passed away, Women's Wear Daily reports. She suffered cardiac arrest in her North Haven, Connecticut home on Thursday evening and died Sunday morning at Stony Brook University Hospital on Long Island. Women's Wear Daily reports that she was 86 years old, but a New York Magazine interview from October referenced her age as 87.
Machhado was born in Shanghai, but moved with her family to South America after World War II. In her early 20s, she moved to Europe and began modeling and found steady work with Givenchy.
In February 1959, she appeared on the cover of Harper's Bazaar, marking the first non-white person to appear on the cover of a major American fashion magazine. She later served as Senior Fashion Editor and, eventually, Fashion Director for the magazine. She last appeared in the September 2013 issue of Bazaar alongside Soo Joo Park, styled by Carine Roitfeld.
WWD reports that she is survived by her husband, Ricardo Rosa; daughters Blanche LaSalle and Emmanuelle LaSalle-Hill, and grandsons Malcolm and Montgomery Hill.