Friday, February 4, 2011

Tragic Endings: Donyale Luna

As the first African American model to be put on the cover of Vogue, Donyale Luna had great potential. Born Peggy Ann Freeman in Detroit, Michigan in 1945, Luna was always described as a person living in a fairy tale.
Luna was featured in sketch from on the cover of Harper's Bazaar in 1965. Soon after she graced the cover of Vogue. A London magazine hailed Luna as the complete new image of the Negro woman. Luna appeared in Playboy in 1975.

The model turned actress was featured in films like Andy Warhol's Camp, the Rolling Stones Rock & Roll Circus, Salome and many more.When asked about her fame in Hollywood and how it would benefit the minority culture, the model mention it could be "groovy" but "she could care less".

The model enjoyed the use of LSD and died of a drug overdose in 1979, at the age of 33.


  1. Fabulous post! Love learning about history and especially women who were trailblazers! Thank you for a great read.


  2. You're welcome Diane. Thanks for reading!