TV food and lifestyle guru B. Smith died at age 70 on Saturday night, her husband Dan Gasby announced.
Beautiful Smith began as a model in the 1960s and in 1976, became the first African-American woman featured on the cover of Mademoiselle magazine.
She then went into the restaurant business, opening a chain of B. Smith restaurants.
Smith’s passion for cooking and home décor resulted in a weekly half-hour syndicated TV show, B. Smith With Style, which debuted in 1997.
Her successful home products line was the first from a black woman to be sold at a nationwide retailer when it debuted in 2001 at Bed Bath & Beyond.