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DONYALE LUNA | VINTAGE BLACK GLAMOUR & GRACE

Donyale Luna became the first black model in the world to appear on the cover of a major fashion magazine…..the  March 1966 British issue of Vogue. It took another eight years for the magazine’s American counterpart to do the same…..Beverly Johnson in 1974.

With her exotic looks, Donyale quickly rose to fame in the modeling world with Harper’s Bazaar featuring a sketch of her on the cover of its January 1965 issue, in addition to a six-page feature of Luna that caused advertisers in the south to pull advertising, with some readers actually canceling their subscription.

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Donyale Luna photographed by Jack Garofalo, April 1968.

Donyale Luna became the first black woman to appear on the cover of a major fashion magazine. A sketch of her appeared on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar in January 1965 and the following year she graced the cover of British Vogue. Her Vogue cover came just months after her move to London. Legendary mannequin-maker Adel Rootstein, who had created a Twiggy mannequin the year before, made one of her in 1967. Luna’s was the first well-known, if not the first, mannequin of a black woman. She would later move to Italy and marry photographer Luigi Cazzaniga. They had a daughter named Dream. But her fast rise also introduced her to LSD and heroin. She died of a heroin overdose in 1979 at the age of 33.

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