The Civil Rights Movement affected all walks of American life. The 1960s saw the first non-white fashion models appear on the covers of the mainstream titles, paving the way for the future successes of Naomi Campbell, Adwoa Aboah and many others. Here are the four most important breakthrough covers, all of which feature in my bestselling book, 'Black Beauty'.
DONYALE LUNA — VOGUE (UK), MARCH 1, 1966.
American beauty Donyale Luna was the first black model to grace a Vogue cover. Shot by David Bailey.
BEVERLY JOHNSON — VOGUE (US), AUGUST 1974.
Ex-swimmer Beverly Johnson was the first black model to grace Vogue’s US edition.
ELIZABETH OF TORO — HARPER’S BAZAAR, NOVEMBER 1969.
Ugandan princess Elizabeth of Toro was the first black model to feature on the cover of Bazaar, although her face was deliberately obscured beneath the magazine’s logo.
NAOMI SIMS — LIFE, OCTOBER 17, 1969.
At the end of the civil rights decade Naomi Sims became the first black model to make the cover of Life magazine.