The 1966 March issue of Vogue UK is perhaps the publication’s most important edition to date. Its cover featured the face of Donyale Luna wearing thick, Twiggy-esque eye makeup, her hand gracefully resting across her cheek. Luna, a 20-year-old woman from Detroit, is the first woman of color to take the cover of Vogue and one of the first black international supermodels. While it took 70 years for Vogue UK and an additional eight years for American Vogue to accomplish this, it undoubtedly marked a major turning point in the fashion industry. Her career trajectory paved the way for future models of color such as Beverly Johnson, Naomi Campbell, and Tyra Banks. Today, Luna’s legacy is apparent as the fashion industry begins to move toward inclusivity. Brands have learned that clothing should be designed with real women in mind, as well as be visually inclusive of the many bodies from which the industry draws inspiration.

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