The First Black Cover Girl: Donyale Luna! Donyale Luna (January 1945 - May The first notable African American fashion model and the first black cover girl. She also appeared in several films, most notably as the title role in Salome.
Three models, Naomi Campbell, Bethann Hardison and Iman, discuss campaign for increased diversity on runways.
I HAD THIS TRACK COACH IN HIGH SCHOOL, AND HE WOULD ALWAYS SAY TO ME, “BETHANN, STAY IN YOUR LANE AND LEARN TO RUN YOUR OWN RACE.” I THINK THAT’S GOOD ADVICE FOR LIFE TOO. — BETHANN HARDISON (FROM 'THE AUTHENTICS" BY MELANIE ACEVEDO AND DARA CAPONIGRO)
Bethann Hardison: "When I started to model, I was so odd-looking; I really looked like a skinny black boy—I had a short Afro, I didn't wear makeup—and believe you me, I got rejected a lot. But I was brought up to believe in myself.