|Photo by Charlotte March from Wikipedia|
Donyale Luna, born as Peggy Anne Freeman, was born in Detroit, MI on August 31, 1945. Her childhood wasn't as beautiful as photographs that were taken of her later in life. Her mother killed abusive her father when she was 18. After reading articles and visiting websites on Ms. Luna, I believe this is where her disillusionment began. Though her birth certificate said that she was born to an African American father and mother, Luna continuously claimed otherwise, stating that she was of Afro-Egyptian/Mexican decent with and Irish grandmother. Being a African American woman who knows that my blackness is a combination of other ethnicities, Dominican, Irish, Native American, Caucasian just to name a few, I know that it is entirely possible that Donyale Luna was a combination of other races, but I am just not feeling it. One observation that I have noticed from people in the entertainment industry is the since of needing to escape, creating a alter ego, and feelings of abandonment. Entertainers frequent rehab more than they go to the grocery store and overdose on life continuously.
|Original Vogue Cover from 1966, from allwomenstalk.com|
Donyale Luna was discovered by photographer David McCabe and her career quickly took off as she went on to become the definition of a cover girl being featured on the covers of top magazines such as Harper's Bazaar and Vogue. Every image of Luna shows a different side of her. An article in Time Magazine said
"From a pose out on the landing gear of an airborne helicopter to an underwater dive with her diaphanous robe streaming behind her, Donyale never seemed the same. The slight hardening of a soft smile and a lift of the chin transformed her from Gauguinesque to Egyptian.From a pose out on the landing gear of an airborne helicopter to an underwater dive with her diaphanous robe streaming behind her, Donyale never seemed the same. The slight hardening of a soft smile and a lift of the chin transformed her from Gauguinesque to Egyptian."
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Luna had also had a small career in film and a few commercial under her belt. Most notably she appeared in several films by Andy Warhol and The Rolling Stones Rocking Roll Circus. She could often be seen roaming the streets of Manhattan with her pet white tiger on a leash, an eccentric beauty who stood out wherever she went.
Her fame could not save her in the end as she died tragically Italy May 17, 1979 after accidentally overdosing on pills. She had long career by modeling standards, but had a short life on earth. Her unique beauty made her an international star, but her life was clouded by drugs and disillusionment caused by a childhood of hurt
|Sleek and Shine: Nothing like slick hair to show off a flashy design. While researching Donyale Luna wore this hair style on countless magazines including her history making cover on Vogue.|
|Wiggy: Diana Ross and Cher have worn a wig or two in their lifetime. This hairstyle is a sign of the time, look that has its roots in the 60s and 70s.|