I’m from the moon darling.

Dubbed “the reincarnation of Nefertiti” by Salvador Dalí, Donyale Luna is credited with being the first black supermodel though her legacy as a fashion pioneer somehow faded into obscurity.

Born Peggy Ann Freeman in 1940s Detroit where she was discovered as a teen by photographer David McCabe, Luna’s career ascended quickly. In 1966 she became the first Black woman to grace the cover of British Vogue even though peers recount that Luna preferred a more racially ambiguous background and would reportedly quip, “I’m from the moon darling,” when asked about her upbringing.

The 1970s marked a decline in her career due to drug use and a heroin overdose claimed her life in 1979, only 18 months after the birth of her only child, a daughter named Dream.

Donyale Luna on the cover of British Vogue, 1966