Black Is Beautiful – Donyale Luna | 1960s

Donyale Luna was born Peggy Ann Freeman, August 31, 1945, in Detroit, Michigan. She was the first African American supermodel, becoming the first black model to appear on the cover of ‘Vogue” Magazine (British edition).


An article in Time magazine published on 1 April 1966, “The Luna Year”, described her as


“a new heavenly body who, because of her striking singularity, promises to remain on high for many a season. Donyale Luna, as she calls herself, is unquestionably the hottest model in Europe at the moment. She is only 20, a Negro, hails from Detroit, and is not to be missed if one reads Harper’s Bazaar, Paris Match, Britain’s Queen, the British, French or American editions of Vogue


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