Whitney On The 1981 Cover Of Seventeen Magazine

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Before Whitney Houston became a household name in popular music, she was a successful young model, thanks largely to her strikingly photogenic good looks and her strong self confidence. "From the beginning, the camera and I were good friends," she once said. "It loves me, and I love it." Whitney was one of the first African American women to appear on the cover of Seventeen magazine, shown in this issue from November 1981.