Luna (pictured above) was born in Detroit, Michigan on Jan. 1st 1946. Luna would go on to become the first black supermodel.
made history when she became the first black woman to appear on the cover of
Vogue Magazine, in 1966.
went overseas to model and became an international superstar in fashion circles. She was beautiful, classy, elegant and tall with penetrating
green/blue eyes. The photo above, doesn't do her beauty justice.
became so popular in France. Four French boys would camp outside of her
apartment each night and follow her throughout the day. When she wore
a dress with a long train, the boys would walk behind her, carrying the train
of her dress.
she walked by outdoor cafes, conversations would cease because she was so beautiful.
Baker heard about her and requested a meeting. Afterwards, Baker stated,
she is the most beautiful and elegant woman I have ever met, black or white.
directors approached Luna, she appeared in several overseas films. The
movies became cult classics and her fan base increased.
Donyale Luna died in 1979 of an accidental pill overdose in Rome; she was 33
years old. The fashion world was stunned and her roommate, model Pat Cleveland
Model Pat Cleveland (left). Second photo, Sterling St. Jacques with Bianca Jagger @ Studio 54
to popular belief, Naomi Campbell is not the runway queen. That
title belongs to Pat Cleveland who became the best runway model in
called Cleveland. Pat Cleveland (pictured above to the left) would
dominate the runway like no other model. Legendary performer Josephine
Baker made it well known, she wanted Cleveland to portray her in a film,
if her life story was ever adapted for a movie because Cleveland bore a resemblance
to a younger Baker.
things that Cleveland did on the runway; have yet to be duplicated. She
had a partner, male model and dance partner, Sterling St. Jacques, pictured above, (son
of late actor Raymond St. Jacques), they walked the runway like
two graceful black panthers and they were known to break into a Tango.
crowd would stand on their feet in anticipation when they came on stage and
they didn?t disappoint. At one event, St. Jacques came out carrying Cleveland
on his shoulders. They were also dance partners on Soul Train.
Cleveland is currently signed with the Legends division of the Ford
she isn't working on the modeling circuit, she relaxes at her Chateau in the
loves to vacation in Monte Carlo, eating smoked barracuda on private yachts.
she attends Fashion Week in New York, she has reserved ringside seats
and she's treated like royalty.
Sterling St. Jacques died of AIDS in 1984.