Donyale Luna, born Peggy Ann Freeman on either January 1 or August 31, 1945 in my hometown of Detroit, Michigan. She was the youngest of 3 children, her siblings all described her as being ”A Very Weird Child” always living in a fantasy land of dreams (sounds like every youngest siblings to me, lol). As a teen, she attended the prestigious, Cass Technical High School, where she studied Journalism and was also in the school choir. It was during this time in her life that she began calling herself “Donyale”. Her friends also described her as being “Kind of a Kook” or (Cray Cray in todays time)
Luna was discovered by photographer David McCabe and moved from Detroit to New York City to pursue her modeling career. In January 1965, A sketch of Donyale Luna appeared on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar. Luna also became the first African American Model to appear on the cover of Vogue Magazine. The March 1966 British issue shot by British photographer David Bailey. Many believe she was the World’s first African American Supermodel. Unfortunately, by the 1970’s, Luna’s modeling career began to decline due to her drug use, wierd behavior and tendency to be difficult.Her beautiful life was tragically cut short on May 17,1979 in Rome, Italy from a drug overdose(Heroine) at the tender age of 33. This beautiful life, just gone…If alive today, she would be in her late 60’s. Check out the stunning images of her below. She truly was a beauty.