Webb was born in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Marion (née Stewart), a public health nurse, and Leonard Douglas Webb, an electrician. Prior to her birth, both her parents spent 20 years in the Army. She grew up in a working class community. One of Webb’s sisters became an oncologist and another is a mathematician. As a youth, Webb identified with magazine models and women who were involved in the fashion industry, who exhibited control over their appearance. She also enjoyed comic books and dreamed of becoming an animator.
Webb graduated in 1983 from Detroit’s Waldorf School and moved to New York to study design. After a makeup artist saw her in a housewares boutique, Webb dropped out of school to become a model. She also appeared in the music video for New Order’s “Round and Round” off their 1989 album “Technique” and appears briefly in Scritti Politti’s “Perfect Way” video from their 1985 album “Cupid & Psyche 85”.
In New York, Webb pursued a modeling career and eventually became a spokesmodel for Revlon. She was the first black supermodel to win an exclusive contract for a major cosmetics company. In 1991 Webb made her feature film debut in Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever. Her film credits include Someone Like You…, The Big Tease, and Malcolm X. She also had a recurring role on the television show Damon and appeared on Just Shoot Me!, Becker and Clueless. In 2006, Webb appeared in the independent feature film Dirty Laundry. As a runway model she has modeled fashions from the collections of Azzedine Alaia, Isaac Mizrahi, Karl Lagerfeld, and Todd Oldham. Webb was named to American Vogue’s best dressed list three times.
Webb has written essays and columns for Interview magazine, Paper Magazine (“New York City’s style guide to downtown cool”), Panorama (an Italian weekly news magazine), Details, Elle, The Sunday Times (UK), The New York Times Syndicate, Conde Nast’s Cookie magazine, and Esquire. In 1998, Miramax Books published Veronica Webb Sight: Adventures In The Big City, a collection of autobiographical essays. Harvey Weinstein, chairman of Miramax, approached her while she was in line at the White House about publishing her essays as a memoir.
Webb was the co-host of the first season of Bravo’s Tim Gunn’s Guide To Style. In 2010, Webb was named a member of the Eucerin Skin First Council to promote skin health.