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Donyale Luna biography and accomplishments
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Donyale Luna biography and accomplishments


> Who is she?
Well before the wave of supermodels like Cindy and Claudia in the 1990s, Donyale Luna made a mark in the history of fashion with her extraordinary career.

Born in Detroit, she had a difficult childhood and an unusual appearance. She was spotted by photographer David McCay and became a superstar of the Seventies.

She burned the candle at both ends: partying at Andy Warhol's Factory, signing an exclusive contract with photographer Richard Avedon, trying her hand at cinema, before dying of an overdose in 1979.

> Accomplishments
Contrary to popular belief, the first black woman to grace the cover of Vogue wasn't Naomi Campbell, it was Donyale Luna.

In 1966, she hit the cover of the British edition of the biggest fashion magazine in the world. It was a symbolic choice for the world of fashion, which was finally opening up to African cultures.

> Also
As well as a model, she was also an actress. Donyale Luna acted in Fellini's Satyricon in 1969.


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26/10/2011
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