Donyale Luna was the first notable African American model and the first black cover girl.
She appeared on the cover of Harper's Bazaar in January 1965 while under an exclusive contract to the photographer Richard Avedon.
An article in Time magazine published on 1 April 1966, "The Luna Year", described the dramatically thin , 6 foot 2 model as
"a new heavenly body in the world of Fashion".
Donyale Luna, was unquestionably the hottest model in Europe. She is only 20, hails from Detroit, and is not to be missed."