Who Was Glamour Magazine’s First Black Cover Model?
THE MAJOR MOMENT: In August 1968, Katiti Kironde became the first woman of color to ever grace the cover of Glamour magazine. Kironde, who was 18-years-old at the time and an undergraduate at Harvard University, applied for Glamour’s “Top 10 Best Dressed College Girls” competition and won the highest honor. The issue was not only a milestone for the then 30-year-old publication, but it was also the first time that any black women had been featured on the cover of a mainstream women’s fashion magazine in the United States. Kironde, the daughter of a Ugandan diplomat, wore a crisp white shirt, smart paisley printed scarf and pearl post earrings for the historic photo.
FAB FACT: Selling more than two million copies worldwide, Kironde’s Glamour issue remains the magazine’s best-selling issue of all time.
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