Too Black For America: 1950's Beauty Helen Williams - The First African American Fashion Model >>Helen Williams was the 1st female African American fashion model to break into the mainstream. But it was the French, rather than the Americans, that embraced her.
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Donyale Luna (January 1, 1945 - May 17, 1979) was 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.