A History of Racism in Fashion

Vogue Magazine's First Black Cover Model

Year: 1966

Many people don't know that the first black model appeared on the cover of Vogue  much earlier than popular history reports—unfortunately it just happens that her face was obscured. In 1966, Detroit model Donyale Luna graced the cover of Vogue with her hand strategically placed over her mouth and nose. Vogue allegedly made this stylistic decision to avoid scaring off people at the newsstands at a time when black faces in pop culture were still few and far between, particularly in the fashion world. It would take eight more years for Vogue to feature a black model's entire face.

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