Just in time for Black History Month, stylist Christian Freedom helped me choose the most exciting and beautiful black models of all time. You can see some of these marvy mannequins' photos at the beautifully curated Black Fashion Designers exhibit at FIT's Fashion and Textile History Gallery.

Donyale Luna

"The 6' 2" Detroit native transformed herself into a high fashion priestess. In 1966, she was the first black model to appear on the cover of British Vogue. She went on to star in films by Fellini (like Satyricon), Warhol, and the cult classic Qui etes-vous, Polly Maggoo?. Tragically, she died of a drug overdose at the tender age of 33."

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