Donyale Luna (1945-1979) is considered to be the first black supermodel. In 1966, she became the first African-American model to appear on the cover of a Vogue magazine, shot by photographer David Bailey.
Donyale Luna (born Peggy Ann Freeman), was discovered in her hometown of Detroit by David McCabe at age 14. This was just prior to the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the landmark legislation that outlawed discrimination in the United States on the bases of race, religion, gender or national origin. However, the fashion industry was very slow to adopt inclusivity, and for years featured only white models in print and on the catwalk. Luna broke this barrier, not just because of her stunning looks, but because of her “bite and personality” according to the then-editor for British Vogue.
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