Nostalgia: World’s First Black Supermodel, Donyale Luna


World’s First Black Supermodel, Donyale Luna.This woman gives cheekbones meaning. Born Peggy Ann Freeman, Donyale Luna’s feet never really touched the ground. She lived in her dreams and fed off attention, limelight and possibilities. She graced the cover of Harper’s Bazaar, was immortalized by Richard Avedon, and honored by both Time Magazine and by Vogue, of which she was the first African American model to ever make a cover, in their then 74 years of production.She was known to have a ethereal presence, always as if she was walking a dream. Probably because she used LSD regularly among other drugs, like many children of the 60s. She often misrepresented her heritage and often wore blonde wigs and contacts and claimed to be everything from Irish to Egyptian. She was a muse to everyone from Andy Warhol to the Rolling Stones, and in addition to modeling, danced and acted as well.She died from a accidental drug overdose while in Rome in 1979. She was 33.


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