Today is the first day of New York Fashion Week! And since we're in a celebratory mood, we've decided not to dwell on the steady disappearance of the Black model over the past several seasons (too depressing). Instead, let's focus on the glorious, glamorous history of the Black model over the past fifty years. From Donyale Luna (pictured) to Chanel Iman, here is ESSENCE.com's definitive timeline of the most legendary Black models. Read More: Vintage Vamp: Solid Gold Dancer Darcel WynnVintage Vamp: Grace JonesVintage Vamp: Lisa Bonet

Tia Williams
Feb, 10, 2010

donyale_web.jpg Today is the first day of New York Fashion Week! And since we're in a celebratory mood, we've decided not to dwell on the steady disappearance of the Black model over the past several seasons (too depressing). Instead, let's focus on the glorious, glamorous history of the Black model over the past fifty years. From Donyale Luna (pictured) to Chanel Iman, here is ESSENCE.com's definitive timeline of the most legendary Black models. Read More:

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