HBO has unveiled the trailer for its upcoming documentary, “Donyale Luna: Supermodel,” shedding light on the life and legacy of a pioneering Black model. Donyale Luna, often regarded as the “first Black supermodel,” made history by gracing the covers of both Harper’s Bazaar and British Vogue during the late ’60s and early ’70s. Despite her groundbreaking achievements, Luna faced racial barriers in the fashion world, challenging conventions and redefining beauty standards.
The documentary delves into Luna’s journey, uncovering the racism she encountered in an industry that frequently erased her monumental contributions. Luna’s own words, including archival audio, provide insight into her struggles and determination. She questioned the lack of recognition for her achievements, asserting her rightful place as a top model.
Luna’s unique persona and collaborations with influential figures like Andy Warhol and Salvador Dalí are explored in the film. From her birthplace in Detroit, Luna’s journey takes viewers across New York, London, and Italy, where she found love, avant-garde theater, and film.
“Donyale Luna: Supermodel” features voices from Luna’s husband, daughter, fellow supermodels, photographers, designers, and more. The documentary, directed by Nailah Jefferson and produced by Lightbox Production in association with Jeff Friday Media and The American Black Film Festival, is set to debut on HBO on September 13, offering an intimate look at Luna’s remarkable impact on fashion, culture, and history.