With the inception of Grace Del Marco Agency in 1946, ODV’s mixture of hubris, cosmopolitanism, chutzpa and social consciousness were already apparent. “Grace” signaled elegance and style that is uniquely Ophelia’s, “Marco” was an acronym formed by the names of its founders: “M” from Marie Mayo, “A” from Albert Murphy, “R” from Rupert Callendar, “C” from Charles Mayo and “O” from Ophelia DeVore, and “Del” is Spanish for by.
In Ophelia’s own words, she wanted all People of Color to be “recognized as attractive human beings who can do a job in any field.”
Author – Beautitudes
50th Anniversary 1996