Strike A Pose! Monumental Magazine Cover Firsts For Black Women

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March 1, 2013 ‐ By

In honor of Women’s History Month this March, we’re counting down monumental magazine cover firsts for African American women.

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Though it was just a sketch, in January 1965, Donyale Luna became the first black woman to cover Harper’s Bazaar.

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  • Realin3D

    Illuminati.

  • voiceofreason37

    I love black fashion history…your really get to see some of what the cultural, socio- politics of the time were. Looking at the 1st black cover girls of the late 60’s & early 70’s you see just how much the industry ideal has shifted from the “black is beautiful” more organic era to what we see now in the black commercial arena- mostly/only black fair skin beauty. The same way that the hip hop video models have shifted from the pretty “black girl next door” to fair exotic- mulatto beauties. Its interesting.

  • Jane

    Interestingl Donyale Luna would say she was pretty much anything BUT black. She was quite messed up in the head, Just a little info

    • L-Boogie

      She was messed from drugs; however, she a very smart woman. She had a tough childhood. I used to have a picture of her in my Facebook account until that was hacked.

    • voiceofreason37

      yeah..she was tragic. Died early too

  • pfeiffer87

    Damn, Naomi Campbell is so beautiful!

  • roughcutdiamond

    Naomi Campbell is the queen of black supermodels. The queen of supermodels; still modeling, still model weight.

  • NYC Gal

    Congrats to all these beautiful black women who were the first to cover these white mags!