Monday’s Muse—Donyale Luna

Hola!  Welcome to Monday!  I hope that you had an exciting weekend.  For today’s muse I wanted to pay tribute to Donyale Luna the first notable black fashion model and first Black American model to grace the cover of British Vogue.  She was born and raised in Detroit in 1945 as Peggy Ann Freeman.  Yet she always had strange stories which she told others that her biological father’s last name was Luna and her mother was of Mexican/Afro-Eygtian descent, while none of it has been proved true or not that is how the name “Donyale Luna” evolved. 

After being discovered by photographer David McNabe she eventually moved to New York to pursue modeling.  Standing at 6′ 2″, thin, and bright blue contacts, she was a force to be reckoned with.  She also appeared in films, the most popular was Salome, and was admired and cast by Andy Warhol in several of his films.  However, with all the fame, glitz, and glam tragic did follow and it took her life.  She died in 1979 of a drug overdose in Rome.  Ms. Luna is survived by a sole daughter, Dream Cazzaniga who to this day is a famed dancer/singer, and actress in Rome. 

While it did seem that she had some slight identity issues, you cannot deny that she did break barriers and opened doors for models today.  To read more about her life, click here

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