Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Legacy Of Donyale Luna

Before Luna made her grand entrance into fashion, the industry operated its own kind of racial segregation. This was prior to the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the landmark labor law in the United States that outlawed discrimination based on race, religion, sex, or national origin.
When she was a teenager, Luna was discovered in her hometown of Detroit by the photographer David McCabe, notorious for photographing the likes of Twiggy and Andy Warhol. He states in an interview with New York Magazine of the day he met her: “I was struck by this almost 6-foot-tall beautiful girl – around 14-years-old at the time – wearing her Catholic uniform.” After the encounter with McCabe, she moved to New York to launch her career, and was signed with Richard Avedon, another noteworthy photographer. She landed her first illustrated cover with Harper’s Bazaar in 1965 and her first photographed cover in 1966 with British Vogue. Beatrix Miller, the then-editor for British Vogue noted that Luna caught her cover because of “her bite and personality”, not to mention her stunning looks.
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