- 1 hr 49 min
This romantic drama follows the brash dreams of a Chicago girl from the projects named Tracy Chambers. She works at one of the city's finest department stores, doing whatever she can to further her dream of becoming a successful fashion designer, even asking her seamstress aunt to sew samples of clothing designs that she creates in her spare time. But her luck drastically changes when a famous fashion photographer named Sean visits the store in search of models and can't believe that Tracy is working as a secretary rather than as a professional model in front of the camera. Tracy eventually abandons a budding romance with a local neighborhood activist to accept Sean's invitation to fly to Rome and be transformed by him into a fashion model known by the moniker Mahogany. But Tracy pays a high price to realize her dreams, working with the jealous and very controlling photographer, and soon reaches a fork in the road. One direction points toward selling out to be rich and famous and the other points toward returning to the simpler, more authentic life she once led back in Chicago.