They called her “the reincarnation of Nefertiti,” and “a girl of staggering beauty and magnetism.” She was Donyale Luna, the startling, owl-like beauty who crashed through fashion’s apartheid system in the mid-1960s to become the world’s first black supermodel, and the first to grace a ‘Vogue’ cover. In a short but action-packed career, she worked with Salvador Dali, Frederico Fellini, Andy Warhol, David Bailey, Helmut Newton and Richard Avedon, before her untimely death from a drug overdose in 1979. This new biography by Ben Arogundade, author of ‘Black Beauty’, details her amazing life story in all its dramatic glory.
Ben Arogundade is a London-based writer and creative director of illustrated books. He originally trained as an architect before diversifying into graphic design and print journalism. In 1996 he launched, designed and edited ‘Extract’, a cult style magazine about the lives of non-celebrities. In 2000 he wrote his first book, ‘Black Beauty’ — an exploration of society’s historical perceptions of the black image — which later became the subject of a three-part BBC documentary. Following this he worked as a voice-over artist before becoming creative director at Gloria Books, publishers of luxury collectables. In 2010 he launched his own publishing imprint, Arogundade Books.