Restauranteur and former model B. Smith has been reported missing according to USA Today. She was last seen when she arrived in the Hamptons at around 8pm last night. Smith recently divulged that she had the beginning signs of Alzheimer’s.
Police have confirmed that there is an open, active missing person investigation in Sag Harbor where she lives.
Smith, one of the first African-American models to appear on the cover of Mademoiselle, later became an acclaimed restaurateur, designer and decorator.
In 1986, she opened her first restaurant in New York City, and two more followed. Her Washington eatery closed last year after 20 years in business. She went on to become a pioneer in the lifestyle area, an expert in food and home entertaining.