Modina Boyd Davis Watson


Hairdresser, makeup artists, assistant, secretary, stylist and “gal Friday” for Sarah Vaughan who traveled the world with Vaughan from 1950-1960. Modina met Vaughan at Arts High where they became close friends. Later, she was attending Howard but left to work with Vaughan.

Vaughan said, “with my secretary, Modina Davis, around, I don’t have to worry about a thing. I just have to sing.”

Afterwards, she opened a beauty salon in Newark on Clinton Ave.

Her daughter Mikki Taylor is editor at large for Essence .


Gourse, Leslie Sassy: The Life of Sarah Vaughan

“Modina Watson, 67, Secretary to Singer” Star Ledger Mar 28 1994

Taylor, Mikki Force of Beauty, Audible Exclusive

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